Ideas Live Forever
By: Milo Harrison
The film “V for Vendetta” directed by James McTeigue and the story “V for Vendetta” written by Alan Moore, is about a shadowy freedom fighter known only as "V" who, along with his companion Evey Hammond, completes V’s vendetta of blowing up parliament and removing a repressive governments control on the people. In “V for Vendetta” V fights for an idea. The idea that V fights for compels him to take action and fight against a corrupt government without concern for his own safety. He does this because “ideas are bulletproof”. He may die and be stopped but the idea which he fought for cannot be silenced. What “V for Vendetta” has to teach us is that ideas are very powerful and live beyond the death of the one who envisions it. This is shown throughout the film by the use of costume, dialogue, and symbolism. The use of costume in “V for Vendetta” is clearly illustrated by the mask that V wears. V wears a mask that represents a man named Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes is one of several people that attempted to blow up the parliament building in England on November 5th. They were stopped but not before their message was heard. This event later became known as Black Powder Treason. The Guy Fawkes mask allows the people to see him not as an individual but as a metaphorical creature portraying the idea of hope. This is explained at the very start of the movie with this voiceover in the background. “We are told to remember the idea not the man, because a man can fail, he can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later an idea can still change the world.” The idea in this quote represents the hope that the people of London seek for freedom, to be free from the government and to live a normal life. This teaches us that no single man would be able to take down the government as represented by “because a man can fail.” However in the case of V, he did not want to be known as a man, but to be associated to the hope and...
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