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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 is to 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. Moore proposes that only through a combination of ...view middle of the document...

He reminds her of her haunting and painful past and encourages her to not run away from it. In fact, learning to embrace it will become “the most important moment in [her] life” (). Once she discerned her situation, “the door of [her] cage [was] open”(). Through this new found freedom, she is ready 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”(). The last step in Evey's education is to comprehend her duty to take action against the injustice she recently acknowledged; in fact, it is her responsibility to rise and guide her people through the same transformation she experienced. She accepts this task by assuming V's identity, internalizing an ideal of revolution that she will help create and forward. However, she understands that her role in the revolution is divergent to her mentor's role. She claims, “I will not lead them, but I will help them build, help them create where I will not help them kill. The age of the killers is no more. They have no place within our better world” (). Where the first V destroyed, she will create; where he made rubble, she will plant roses.
Evey's past and experiences in the Shadow Gallery make her a suitable guide for her people. She is able to address them as one of them, understanding where they are coming from and their need for change. Her unique leadership is evident when she first addresses the crowd as V:
Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should had accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. [...] With anarchy, from rubble comes new life, hope reinstalled. ()
Here, she speaks from experience. She too had surrendered her power; she can relate to them in a way her mentor never could. When he addressed the crowds, he spoke as a distant third person, like an upset employer ready to fire his workers. On the other hand, Evey can speak of hope because the revolution is in progress, and her life attests to the freedom that is now within reach. In her speech, she is taking responsibility and power back, presenting herself as a public example.
Each, Evey and her mentor, illustrate one of two necessary steps in revolution. Her mentor is an ideal destroyer. The regime meant to destroy him, so his vengeance is also his revolution: vanish the regime. When he escaped the resettlement camp, “[he] came out of an abattoir unharmed, but not unchanged. And saw freedom's necessity; not just for [him], but for us all. [He] saw, and,...

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