V for Vendetta Graphic Novel Analysis

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No Glory: Why V For Vendetta is so Gruesome
In V For Vendetta, Alan Moore and David Lloyd throw their readers into the story of an underground protagonists quest to bring down a not-so-distant future dystopia created by an all-seeing British government. As far as plot is concerned, Vendetta is nothing out of the ordinary. Typical elements include an oppressive communist government, a much sought after young female, a protagonist with almost super human powers, chase scenes and even promiscuous sex. But while all these normally glorified events are all portrayed in literature, and entertainment in general, the audience is left with a sick or uncomfortable feeling about the scenes afterwards in V for Vendetta. The explosions are drawn in muted colors, the sex frames are barley visible in the shadows in between frames of awkward conversation, and even the deaths of the villains occur out of frame. The fact is, V For Vendetta entirely breaks the mold by taking typically glorified and glamorized events and leaving them purposely bleak. These passages leave the reader with feelings of hopelessness and despair, but there is an even deeper purpose. What the authors are showing is that clean-cut revolutions don’t work, and if the people really want to change their government the only way to do it through anarchy. The gritty images along the way are gruesome, but in the end, if the government is really to be overthrown, V’s actions are entirely necessary. One way that Moore and Lloyd show their point about anarchy based revolution is through explosives. Explosions are common in V For Vendetta, as the codenamed V uses bombs to destroy, prove points, and disable the government as he sees fit. When V escapes captivity at the Larkhill Resettlement Camp, he uses materials he gathered over the months to blow down his cell wall. But it wasn’t just any ordinary explosives; as put in Dr. Seurridge’s diary, “The ammonia. The grease solvent and all the other stuff. He’d...
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