This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

V For Vendetta: A Critique Essay

748 words - 3 pages

When I was 14, I watched “V for Vendetta”, a movie based on the graphic novel of the same name. It’s an action movie about a dystopian, Orwellian future in the UK, and one man’s attempts to bring freedom back. Many denounce the movie as merely anarchist propaganda, but I believe that it is more than just that. I believe that it is about modern moral ambiguity, taking responsibility for one’s own wants and needs, and freedom conquering oppression.
The moral ambiguity of the film is one of the most shockingly relevant criticisms of modern time. The totalitarian Norsefire regime ruling dystopian Britain is portrayed as the greater evil that V, the protagonist, must defeat. In reality, who’s to say who is good and bad? According to the future, it’s the only country in Europe that is still standing in light of a pandemic that has destroyed the countryside. At the same time, the oppression of the citizens is reminiscent of Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany. The government controls who lives and dies, and there’s even a Holocaust-like purge taking place. V, on the other hand, is determined to overthrow this horrible government; he’s destined to be a savior of the people. But how can this masked freedom-fighter be a hero if he kills innocent bystanders and brainwashes one of his followers? How can he be good if a large motivation for quest is nothing but revenge? Is this characteristic of someone who many believe deserves to be viewed as a martyr by the end of the film? Just like in today’s culture, there’s no grey area. The U.S. has desired to be a dove of peace since as far back as WW1. We allow many of our products to be made by sweatshop workers in Southeast Asia, have the blood of over 150 foreigner civilians on our drone’s wings, and openly spy on every developed country on the world, but it’s ok, we’re the good guys. Am I saying that any of these things we do don’t have a good reason, or aren’t justified in any way? No, but I am saying...

Find Another Essay On V for Vendetta: a Critique

V For Vendetta Essay

1905 words - 8 pages In many films the protagonist who is the main character, helps viewers to understand the main themes or messages in greater depth. In the film “V” for vendetta, the main character “V” highlights and reinforces the main messages and themes for viewers through his point of view. In “V” for Vendetta, “V” the protagonist takes viewers through a variety of themes such as the fear that society had over government. The Revenge that “V” wanted for

V for Vendetta Essay

787 words - 3 pages Politicians lie to hide the truth, artists tell lies to reveal it, so proclaims from the creators of The Matrix. Although, parents must be cautious of an exceeding amount of violence from knifing, shootings and torture in the prison cells, since the level of violence was probably the best way to lure as many people into seeing it. But really this isn't an action film or a superhero movie or even really science fiction. V for Vendetta is an idea

V For Vendetta

1561 words - 6 pages Of the many symbolic masks, the Guy Fawkes mask stands out as one of the most effective, often being used as a “masked identity” in order to make profound statements. Not only does this secret identity create more attention to the “masked one” but it also diverts attention to the cause rather than the identity. Literally using a mask, Fawkes was the main influence of the character “V”, in James McTeigue’s, V For Vendetta. V’s connections and

Evey Hammond as a Revolutionary in V for Vendetta

980 words - 4 pages 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

Evey Hammond as a revolutionary in V for Vendetta

1253 words - 6 pages 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

Animal Farm/V for Vendetta

2494 words - 10 pages situation with hopes for gaining order in a world of instability. V for Vendetta's dystopian London fell to the control of the "Norsefire" dictatorship by letting itself sacrifice liberty in hopes of safety from unknown threats. The context in which V for Vendetta was created is reflected in the film; a wave of neo-conservative politics had embraced the U.S and Britain under the Bush and Thatcher governments, and it could be seen that post 9/11

V for Vendetta vs Nineteen Eight-Four

653 words - 3 pages Many modern stories appear to parallel classic novels. While the setting may be the same, or even the initial conflict, the modern story can still present new content that differs from the novel it was inspired by. Alan Moore’s graphic novel, V for Vendetta, appears to be heavily influenced by George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eight-Four. Both stories, set in dystopian future Englands, have a government that controls the populace through fear and

V for Vendetta Changing Perspective Essay

606 words - 2 pages "People should not fear their governments, governments should fear their people." This quote from James Mcteigue's film "V for Vendetta" particularly shows how the concept of changing perspective applies to this text. Through the use of its political symbolism "V for Vendetta" shows the changing perspective of an entire nation and their view on the totalitarian government which runs it. Changing perspective is shown through Eve's loss of

V for Vendetta, film by James McTeigue

1371 words - 5 pages and psychological torture for their rehabilitation of homosexuals. But the use of the Guy Fawkes mask does not stop there. More recently, protesters wearing the mask appeared in public demonstrations in what political pundits call the Arab Spring. Anonymous’ denial of service attacks on Tunisian government websites resulted in an “upsurge of internet activism among Tunisians” (Randeree). In Egypt, V For Vendetta became a wellspring of ideas from

Review of Film V for Vendetta

1470 words - 6 pages This movie “V for Vendetta” was taken from a book written by Alan Moore and it was written years before all the things that started happening in the world, like the war, and all the problems that the government is going through. He tells us that “the people should not be afraid of the government, that the government should be afraid of their people”. People can realize that there are no coincidences in this world, everything happens for a

Comparing Dantikat's A Wall of Fire Rising and Moore's V for Vendetta

2531 words - 11 pages ” and Alan Moore’s “V” for Vendetta. Danticat’s story is about a small family living in present-day Haiti with their small, ambitious son. The country is a mish-mash of people amassing obscene fortune while the rest scrape at the bottom of the proverbial barrel just to make ends meet; the class gap is seemingly far apart. In Danticat’s story, the husband spends his days either working at the sugarcane mill or searching for work elsewhere. Each day

Similar Essays

Critique And Commentary Of Film "V For Vendetta"

857 words - 4 pages Set in a realistic adaptation of a totalitarian, despotic Britain, V for Vendetta is the striking tale of V, hero stamped terrorist, and his seditious scheme to ignite a revolution. This is a terrific movie that captivates the audience amid an eerily relatable setting. With our world in a state of political turmoil, the film is very relevant to humanity’s history and gives the movie a true-to-life ambiance. The all-star cast makes the characters

"V Is For Vendetta": A Civics Lesson

751 words - 3 pages V for Vendetta is a great movie to watch in Civics class. It is a perfect film to discuss issues related to civics as it talks about citizen’s duty to overthrow corruption and more. As it is set against the ‘futuristic landscape of a totalitarian Britain’, this story focuses on a young working-class woman named Evey. In the event of being in a life-death situation, she meets V who rescues her. V makes her realize that she has the potential to do

V For Vendetta Essay

2007 words - 9 pages their government. In the article “The Visceral Politics of V for Vendetta: On Political Affect in Cinema,” Brian L. Ott states “V for Vendetta, critics agreed, was an allegory for life in George W. Bush’s America, and an unwavering critique of his administration and its policies (both domestic and foreign) surrounding the war on terror” (40). what the critics are saying is that the film focused on a rhetorical approach to Bush and this war on

V For Vendetta Essay

1249 words - 5 pages V for Vendetta Essay Henry CostelloIn the film V for Vendetta, the director, James Mcteigue uses camera work and dialogue to highlight the nature of a character in the film. In the film we can see a parallel connection between Evey and V, which is in the first scene, the nature of the character "Evey" was influenced by the torturing of V, the nature of the character "V" was changed by the experimental study of the Government. The influence "V