For numerous characters, their names portray not only their personalities but also link them to one another in V for Vendetta. There is no doubt that V is a variable in V for Vendetta. In an equation, a variable is a representation and it can be changed. V is a representation for an idea being portrayed throughout the book and we certainly see the transformation of this variable. The names V, Valerie, and Evey act as a changing identity throughout a common idea. V is first evolved from Valerie who later turns Evey into the next V protégé. Why choose the codename V for the main character? I believe that V’s name came from the Roman numeral “V”, after the room number he was kept in at Larkhill camp. Prisoners who were held there were tortured and experimented on. V returns to the cell (Moore 34) no longer a prisoner, but playing out the persona he is now known for. There are two panels that specifically have shots of the Roman numeral and it is there where the resemblance between the number and V’s symbol come together. Perhaps “V” is really short for another character. Back while V was in prison, a note appeared from a fellow prisoner in the adjacent cell, named Valerie. On the note was her autobiography. Valerie was an actress but when she was exposed as a lesbian, she was taken into the camp. She talked about how being a lesbian was not just a phase; she was truly in love with a woman named Ruth. Valerie in the note knew she was going to soon be killed for this just like Ruth had been.
Throughout the book V references to Valerie as if she was a fellow prisoner of the camp but I believe that V is really Valerie. At Larkhill prisoners were given injections of a compound, which eventually killed all of the subjects except for one who developed super human-like qualities. I believe that Valerie is the one to make it out alive and along with the advanced strength, reflexes, endurance and pain tolerance she took a completely new identity: V. The note that was...
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