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Political Analysis Of The Novel 'v For Vendetta'

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Kyle Esposito226-51-2402Transfer StudentFall 2010'V for Vendetta'A Political AnalysisIn this paper I would like to focus on the masses and Evey in 'V for Vendetta' since they seem to me a close correlation to what is occurring today. In this essay, I will be going over the political consciousness of these entities, their growth over the course of the novel, what ideas and conclusions drive them to make the decisions that they do, and what commitments they hold to their political ideals or parties. Before we can discuss these ideas however, we must first have an understanding of the terms used. When we are referring to political consciousness, it is referring to how informed and aware the character is of their political environment, as well as their own political ideology. We shall also take a look at the similarities and differences between Evey and masses in regard to their feelings and reactions to V and to the existing government.In order to properly understand the reactions from Evey and the masses of Britain, we must first analyze how they came to be where they currently are and their mindset in regard to the existing government. The population Britain have survived the annihilation of the world that they once knew, leaving them scared and confused with no central voice to help them though this crisis. This clears the way for a fascist regime to install itself, by the name of 'Norsefire'. They quickly quell any uprising and bring order back to the streets before instating their real objectives. This new government rounds up all of those that they deem "undesirable", (gays, gypsies, blacks, ect.) and forbids any old culture that they don't approve of. Such an environment makes it much easier for the officials to instill their ideology onto their new subjects. Evey was a child as all of this occurred, making her one of the many indoctrinated youths of the time. However, her parents were of the socialist opinion and were taken away during her childhood, leaving her with a deep seated grudge against Norsefire.This brings us to the beginning of the novel. As the story opens, Evey is of a similar mindset as the rest of the masses, in the sense that she does not agree with their ideals or methods, but lacks the will and ability to do anything to change it. Between the years of repression and the brute force that the government exerts, the public can do very little to resist the will of the heads of state. Add to this the use of 'FATE' to make the public feel that those in control are all knowing and have a handle on all facets of their citizens lives, and the masses are feeling the full effects of the government crushing down on them. As V begins his campaign against the fascist regime with the destruction of the Old Bailey, the political mindset of the public is ignited and begins to quietly question the leadership that had suppressed them for so long.As the story progresses and Norsefire rapidly loses their control of the masses, V is making his...

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