Never has a book or movie evoked in me as much passion and rage as “V for Vendetta” has.

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Watching the movie gives me a sense of righteousness like never before. A feeling of overwhelming helplessness engulfs me every time I watch the movie and hear the BTN broadcast speech [1]. Though every inch of me so believes in V’s philosophy of, “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people”, I regret my inability of being a driving force in a rebellion, and I regret that I have just remained a mere spectator to the atrocities of the modern age. While V wearing his Guy Fawkes [2] mask brings to the present, a 400 yr old rebellion, violence and revolution.[His mask by the way, has a perpetual grin on it, V’s only expression, the expression to which you always end up associating him with, whether it’s the most comic moment (there were quite a few typical V dry humor moments) of the movie or the most tragic one.]


To others “V” might just be a terrorist, but to me he is a true hero. You may argue that V is just fiction. Yes, I totally agree with you on that. But I’ll have to tell you that V is more than just a person or a bunch of ideas, he is a force that puts those ideas into action and implements them ruthlessly. Through his callousness, he accomplishes what most of us don’t even have the conviction to attempt. Through his conviction he tells us that such things as insurgence are very much possible for mere mortals like us. Isn’t that admirable?


Somehow the whole concept of “ideas being more powerful than the physical [3]” puts me into a deep thought mode. In one of the scenes in the movie, Evey Hammond says – “V, whoever you are isn't as big as the idea of you. Your foes assumed you sought revenge upon their flesh alone, but you did not stop there... you gored their ideology as well”. And this is what V is all about. He is not your average super-hero who goes about rounding off the villains. He is on a higher-plateau than any super-hero can ever reach. Though there is a lot of blood shed (sometimes unnecessary), though his actions are extreme, he makes it clear that this is what is necessary to awaken a nation to revolt. And the movie shows various samples of his philosophy [4].


Other things that continue to amaze me are V’s exquisite taste in decorating the interiors of his hidden lair, which he calls “The Shadow Gallery” and the fact that he grows special roses in memory of Valerie [5].


I’m so enamored by his charisma that I plan to understand him better and probably write a series of posts on him. This will be the first of a series of odes to V and the person that he is.


Next : Who is V really? What does his name represent? How did Alan Moore come to create a character like him?  


[1] V: “Today, however, is a day, sadly, no longer remembered. So, I thought we could mark this November the 5th by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. Of course, there are those who do not want us to speak. I suspect, even now, orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns are racing to this station. But regardless of what weapons they try to use to effect silence, words will always retain their power. Words are the means to meaning, and for some, the annunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country.”


[2] Guy (alias Guido) Fawkes was one of the members of The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in which a group of Catholics attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill James I, the King of < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />England, to protest Protestant rule. As the man chosen to light the fuse and the first captured, Guy has received the lion's share of attention among the conspirators.


[3] Evey Hammond: “We are told to remember the idea, not the man. Because a man can fail. He can be killed and forgotten. But four hundred years later an idea can still change the world. I've witnessed firsthand the power of ideas. I've seen people kill in the name of them; and die defending them. But you cannot touch an idea, cannot hold it or kiss it. An idea does not bleed, it cannot feel pain, and it does not love. And it is not an idea that I miss, it is a man. A man who made me remember the fifth of November. A man I will never forget.”


[4] V: “A building is nothing more than a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. 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.”


[5] Valerie: A lesbian who was imprisoned at Larkhill, she resided in cell IV and wrote letters to V before her death.


With excerpts from Wikipedia and the V for Vendetta Shrine.

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