The film V for Vendetta
was directed by James McTeigue and accompanied by the Wachowskis screenwriters. First published in 1982 as a graphic novel, V for Vendetta broadcasted Alan Moore. The
story follows a man named ‘V’ who is perceived as a “realistic
gangster,” while the opposing viewpoints of anarchism and fascism occupy
this utopian fiction.
The scene is set in the year 2027 while the second Civil War is
tearing through the entire world.
Emphasized in the film V for
Vendetta, the United States had an epidemic of the “St. Mary’s
Virus” and now has touched down in Europe.
The political power in the United Kingdom is now declared as the
“Norsefire”. This imagined
dictatorship’s Leader, alias the Head, is Chancellor Adam Sutler. Sutler is an advocate of racism and
totalitarianism; as the Chancellor, he believes civil liberties are unnecessary
and threatening to society.
As the Leader of Norsefire, Adam Sutler holds supreme authority
over ‘the Finger, Nose, Ear, and Eye’ of this regime. Just like in our human anatomy, the Head has
control over all bodyparts that make up an efficient organized system. In the film V for Vendetta, the Finger, equivalent to law enforcement, led by
Creedy. Creedy is Head of the Fingermen
secret police. The Minister of
investigations, branded as the Nose, is Inspector Eric Finch. The head of the Ear was Brian Etheridge, who
is part of the audio-surveillance division of the Norsefire government. Roger Dascombe is Head of the Mouth, a.k.a.
the propaganda department. Lastly, the
Eye represents the government video surveillance, led by Conrad Heyer. These five termed branches to the Norsefire
government significantly render the human body, surprisingly common in English
political thinking. The English language
today have such phrases like “the body politic”. The body politic is “not necessarily
harmful; an infiltrated government or nobility is … The Gunpowder Plot and
its chief conspirators’ clandestine incursion into the basement of the houses
of parliament … the health effects of a seriously toxic bodily infiltration
which does not threaten the ‘more noble and necessary members’ is crucial to the
vision of the body politic”. The
divisions of the Norsefire government are aimed to elude the government, on its
own, is a character in V for Vendetta.
In the film V for Vendetta, the movie curtains to a monologue
spoken by Evey Hammond. “Remember,
remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
shall ever be forgot…”. The
significant use of repetition in the first sentence of the film is used
rhetorically. The usage of anaphora when
Evey says “Remember, remember” is meant to add emphasizes to the
element of the sentence. Finishing the
beginning statement, “the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and
Plot. I know of no reason why the
Gunpowder Treason shall ever be forgot…”.
The usage of poetry and rhyming of the words ‘plot’ and ‘forgot’ is
meant to add music and rhythm to the stanza.
As a result of this, the sentence rings over and over in our heads,
making it a memorable segment to the storyline.
When Evey states “I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
shall ever be forgot”; personally, I had never learned about the Gunpowder
Treason until researching V for Vendetta.
How is it that I had never heard of the Treason itself, but the mask I
recognized immediately? Why was the mask
of Guy Fawkes carried through history but not the reason behind his fame? Evey tells us in her opening monologue
“I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow
up the Houses of Parliament … We are told to remember the idea, not the man,
because a man can fail”. The reason
Guy Fawkes’ facial structure more memorable but not the act of rebellion was
due to his failed attempt at destruction.
V’ is the man in the mask, a mask of Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes was a member of an English
Catholic group, known as the Gunpowder Plot.
Led by Robert Catesby, the infamous failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was an
attempted assassination targeting King James I.
Fawkes’ attack aimed to bomb the House of Parliament; although failing,
his uncanny facial structure kept through history. The mask of Guy Fawkes has major significance
through the film V for Vendetta. V
systematically kills all the leaders of the Norsefire. The Norsefire is a fascist dictatorship
ruling a ‘dystopian United Kingdom.’
On November 4, a man in a Guy Fawkes mask, identifying himself as
“V”, rescues Evey Hammond from a group of males, baring themselves as
“Fingermen”. At first, Evey is
frightened by V, presented by immediately drawing mace from her purse. V says to Evey “I can assure you I mean
no harm”. Evey completely perplexed
at V’s stature, she responds with, “Who are you?”. Shrewdly responding, V laughed at the fact
she assumed he would expose himself at the beckoning of her want to know who is
under the mask; V responding with “I’m merely remarking upon the paradox
of asking a masked man who he is … Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian
veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of
Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi,
now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation,
stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin
vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation
of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not
in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the
vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most
verbose … it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me
V”. The extreme use of
alliterations used throughout this film was fun, allowing V, the character, to
use lots of words beginning with the letter ‘V.’
Evey Hammond, saved by V, gives the impression to be lost and
astray due to not having any family support in her life. Her family had been taken away by the
Norsefire party, most likely killed.
Evey’s family was full of writers and artists; creative, unique people. Evey is requested by V to join him in
watching his destruction of the Old Bailey, one of London’s criminal
court. The demolition was complemented
by fireworks and music of 1812 Overture.
Inspector Finch has now been asked to investigate the activities
of V during which The British Television Network (BTN) is asked to report the
incident as an “emergency demolition.” Coextensive, Evey Hammond works as an
employee at government-run BTN.
Instantaneously, V interrupts the broadcast encouraging all of Britain
to rise above and against their own government in exactly “one year’s
time” to meet him outside the Houses of Parliament on Guy Fawkes
Night. The police attempt to capture V
but Evey assist him helping him escape.
This scene ends showing Evey knocked unconscious through surveillance
The Shadow Gallery is what V calls his house. V was able to avoid authority and took Evey
back to his home. Informed that she must
remain in the Shadow Gallery for the lasting year, Hammond is distraught. The first night, V disappears into the night
to then kill Lewis Prothero, the Norsefire’s chief propagandist, in addition to
Anthony Lilliman, the Bishop of London.
Evey proposes her help and makes use of her opportunity to escape. Hammond is able to flee to the home of her
boss and talk show host, Gordon Deitrich.
In return for Evey trusting him with her safety, Gordon reveals
prohibited materials, treasonous paintings, and a historic Quran.
Now without Evey, V continues revenging, moving on to Dr. Delia
Surridge. Delia was a woman who had
conducted many tests and multiple experiments on V, which has resulted in V. This all took place 20 years prior to ‘Larkhill
Concentration Camp’. Awoken by the sound
of wind and V in her bedroom, Delia knows instantaneously he is there to kill
her. Dr. Surridge is overwhelmed with
emotion, feeling remorseful and ashamed of everything she and the government
ever did to V. Apologetically Delia asks
V; “is it meaningless to apologize now?”; he answers with of course
not. After apologizing to V, Delia falls
asleep and soundlessly passes.
Storming into Dr. Delia Surridge’s residence a minute too late,
Finch reads to finds out V is the result of human experimentation in Delia’s
journal. He is able to trace V all the
way back to the “bioweapons program in Larkhill”. Finch learns the corporation was directed by
Sutler himself, who at the time was the Undersecretary of Defense. Sutler’s failures resulted in the creation of
the fatal St. Mary’s Virus, therefore leading us to believe Sutler is V’s next
and last victim.
The Norsefire has now been anticipating this November 5 for a total
year at the present and security is largely fortifying ever building and every street. V, using his innate intelligence, distributed
of Guy Fawkes masks as November 5 inches closer. On the eve of November 5, Evey
finally visits V. Leaving his full trust
in her, V leaves Evey with the “explosive-laden train in the abandoned London
Underground”. Evey is left with deciding
whether to use or to not use the explosives. Finally joining with Party Leader Creedy, whom
he made a deal to turn over Sutler, V has the man he has been exploring for. Creedy, himself, was the one who lethally shot
Sutler. With bigger fish to fry, Creedy
now stood face to the mask of V the Terrorist.
His Fingermen shoot and gravely wound V.
With the remaining life left, V ferociously kill the residual men initially
to finish personally breaking Creedy’s neck.
V stumbles into the London Underground where Evey is waiting. Ultimately, V expresses to Evey that he loves
her before dying from the multiple injuries.
Evey assembles V’s body aboard the train, she is found by investigator
Finch. Evey is able to convince and persuade
Finch to comply and give authority to send the train off to destroy the Houses
of Parliament. Thousands commence the march
towards Parliament. All protestors were costumed
such as V be masked in Guy Fawkes face; and in like manner, all were unarmed. The military received no orders demanding the termination
to the protest, since Creedy and Sutler are deceased. The crowds continue to pass, allowing the
march to end with a perfect view of the inauguration to a possible utopian Revolution.
Lastly, Finch questions Evey regarding V’s
real identity; to which she replies, “He was all of us”.
character V is extremely smart with incredible intellect. He is an expert in nearly everything and
anything; including arts, computer hacking, literature, philosophical intellect,
etc. With great body strength, dark-brown
hair, and an outfit consisting of; black gloves, tunic, trousers, boots,
conical hat, floor-length cloak, and always a mask; the face is never shown. The weapons V usually would conceal include
daggers, explosives, and tear gas. It is
believed V took his name from Roman numeral ‘V’ number; which was the number of
the room he was held during experiments while living at the concentration camp. We are informed those who were imprisoned and
executed in the camps were people categorized by attributes like; political
opponents, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, atheists, and homosexuals.
The film V for Vendetta,
directed by James McTeigue and accompanied by the Wachowskis screenwriters,
story follows a man named ‘V’, seen as a “gangster”, while representing
anarchism and fascism through visuals in this utopian motion picture. Evey Hammond states in her opening and closing
monologue; “you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it… Ideas do not
bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love…And it is not an idea that I miss,
it is a man… A man that made me remember the fifth of November. A man
that I will never forget”. V is the man
who made her remember.