V for Vendetta

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“Symbols are given power by people. A symbol, in and of itself is powerless, but with enough people behind it, blowing up a building can change the world” (V, 2006). The movie V for Vendetta is set in present day London. Although the events which take place in the movie have no historical context, they are still relatable to modern day issues regarding government. The movie presents one of the main characters Evey, as a common person who is afraid and can’t act on her own decisions, which makes the movie relatable to the audience today. There are a lot of symbols used to portray the various themes of the movie. Specifically, the portrayal of democracy is achieved through symbols such as the constant appearance of “v”, Norsefire which is the group controlling the government, the roses, Evey and her role in the final event and V himself.

The letter “v” which also is the Roman numeral 5, is constantly brought on to the movie along with the number five. In the very first scenes of the movie, V gives a monologue which is packed with words that all start with the letter “v”. His speech describes his ideas and plans to take down the government which is now corrupt and controls every aspect of the people’s lives. November the 5th, which is overly emphasized in the movie, represents V’s struggle for democracy. November 5th is a holiday for Guy Fawkes, who died in his attempt to overthrow corrupt government. This idea of striving for democracy, by tying V’s actions into Guy Fawkes’ ideas, is represented throughout the movie by the constant use of the number 5 and “v”. Beethoven’s Fifth symphony, the V on his cell at Larkhill, the overuse of “November the 5th”, and V’s identification of himself as just “V”, all symbolize V’s ideas and actions of overthrowing the totalitarian government.

Norsefire is the group who controls the government in the movie. How Norsefire came into power is later shown in the movie, which is one of the main reasons for V’s vengeance. The...
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