V for Vendetta
In the dystopian film V for Vendetta directed by James Mcteigue. The main character V had a strong impression in the film; this impression was made through the use of dialogue, symbolism and music. V is portrayed as a freedom fighter or a terrorist, who wears a Guy Fawkes mask and begins an elaborate, violent plan to murder his former captors and bring down the corrupt government. Guy Fawkes stood for rebellion, revolution by believing in his religion and going to extremes (e.g. blowing up parliament) on November the 5th. V by wearing the mask shows that he is fighting for what Guy Fawkes stood for revolution and rebellion. V’s motives and actions are expressed throughout the entire film through the three main techniques, dialogue, symbolism and music.
Firstly, characters express themselves and their thoughts through the technique dialogue. The main character uses dialogue as a way to communicate whilst holding the mystery of his facial expressions behind the mask. “Die! Die! Why won’t you die? Why won’t you die” These were the last words Creedy said before he died. The director uses dialogue for the audience to uncover V’s motives through the words said and the words unsaid. When V has been shot by Creedy and his bodyguards Creedy utters to V “Die! Die! Why won’t you die? Why won’t you die” to which V replies “Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.” This shows that it’s not Guy Fawkes himself that V wishes to be, but what Fawkes represents and believed in rebellion by overthrowing what he believed was the corrupt. By taking away the context of Fawkes and his mask what you have is revolution at its most pure form rebellion against government. V publicly broadcasts his views in such a way that the people of London had no choice but to rethink their situation with the government without the