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"V Is For Vendetta": A Civics Lesson

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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 anything she desires and discovers the truth about herself as well as V. This movie is covered with various relations to Civics.

V’s plan or main goal in this movie is to bring freedom and justice to a cruel and corrupt society. He feels that citizens of the country are not allowed freedoms and rights which should be a must. Similarly in Civics class, we had discussed that in a democracy, citizens are assured that the government will protect interests in the form of rights (a freedom that is being protected, such as right to speech) and freedoms (power to act without unfair interference by an individual or state). So we can understand that the government is not acting as a democratic society because citizens do not have that advantage (of rights and freedoms).

V for Vendetta also lets us analyze the type of government systems in a country and how they interact with their people. It allows us to realize that the government style is an authoritarian leadership style in which the leader dictates policies, and procedures, and decides what goals are to be achieved without any participation by the citizens of the country. Once the authoritarian leadership style is identified, we can divide the group even more to identify which type of authoritarian is it. From observing that all power is empowered in a few people or dictators, we can conclude that it is similar to a dictatorship and it can be also an oligarchy as well. This is because the government and the police treat civilians like slaves and prisoners. They have no feelings or any sympathy for their citizens because they don’t care if they kill everyone. Many people were also discriminated against in the society such as immigrants, gay and...

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