Evey Hammond As A Revolutionary In V For Vendetta

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Alan Moore's graphic novel V for Vendetta is not only a call for revolution, but also an explanation of how such process should materialize. V, who transcends beyond a character and embodies the concept of revolution, establishes the procedure for social change. He understands that his role is to avenge and “make rubble” of injustice and corruption; however, true social reform must move beyond destruction and forge an improved society on the ruins of an oppressed past. Therefore, V adopts Evey Hammond, a young victim of the regime, as his protégée and educates her to guide society through the second stage of revolution: reconstruction. Evey's character embodies the stages of revolution, preeminently reconstruction. Through her, Moore recognizes not only the need for destruction, but also for rebirth in a transcendental revolution.
The model, Evey Hammond, assists the creation of an improved society only after undergoing activation and her own transformation. At the beginning of the graphic novel, the death of her violators rescues her from death and oppression. This, just like the destruction of corrupt institutions, creates the space for freedom. V not only creates this space for both Evey and society, but also calls them out of their passivity. Particularly, he challenges Evey to be stronger than her past because “[it] can't hurt [her] anymore, not unless [she] allows it” (Moore 29). By executing her father and enslaving her to child labour, the government turned her into a “victim” and a “statistic,” but she has the power to free herself from the regime's ideology and exploitation (29). It is Evey's responsibility to find such power within her past and identity to “become transfigured... forever” (172).
Evey's transformation occurs when she abandons political ignorance and admits her pain. V guides her into the realization that “happiness is a prison;” it disguises the pain that results from tyranny (169). He reminds her of her haunting and painful childhood and encourages her not to run away from it. In fact, learning to embrace it will is “the most important moment of [her] life” (170). Once she unveiled the political oppression which had defined her, “the door of [her] cage [was] open[ed]”(171). Through this new found freedom, she is able to take the responsibility of her existence and assume her role in the revolution.
As V's life is about to end, he commands Evey to “discover whose face lies behind this mask, but [she] must never know [his] face”(245). The last step in Evey's education is understanding her duty to take action against government brutality and despotism; in fact, it is her responsibility to rise and guide her people through the empowerment which derives from political and social awareness. As she assumes V's identity, she accepts this task, internalizing a revolution that she will help create and forward. However, she recognizes that her role is divergent to her mentor's role. She claims, “I will not lead them,...

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