Comparing Dantikat's A Wall of Fire Rising and Moore's V for Vendetta

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Imagine a world where civil liberties have been stripped away, a bare façade of civilization left behind. This is a world that is inhabited by people who were once free-willed and strong-minded. These people have become weak and obedient, easily bent to the will of their oppressive government. The world that these words have conjured up in your mind is the same existence that the characters occupy in Edwidge Danticat’s “A Wall of Fire Rising” and Alan Moore’s “V” for Vendetta. Danticat’s story is about a small family living in present-day Haiti with their small, ambitious son. The country is a mish-mash of people amassing obscene fortune while the rest scrape at the bottom of the proverbial barrel just to make ends meet; the class gap is seemingly far apart. In Danticat’s story, the husband spends his days either working at the sugarcane mill or searching for work elsewhere. Each day the husband watches the mill owner’s son take a hot air balloon up into the sky, and each day becomes more envious of the freedom attached to that action. After complaining to his wife about his exhaustion with their current situation he claims that he wants to take the hot air balloon for himself and leave Haiti for a far-away and better place. The following day, the husband makes good on his word, abandons his family, and takes the hot air balloon up into the sky. In James McTeigue’s version of “’V’ for Vendetta”, the country is a futuristic and dystopian London. Corrupt politicians control every aspect of the country and the citizens within. The main character, a masked vigilante by the name of V, grows tired of his country’s lack of freedom and decides to destroy an historic courthouse at midnight on the morning of November the 5th. The building i...

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...e instead of trying to pick it apart and understand why it works. I enjoyed watching “V” for Vendetta and reading “A Wall of Fire Rising” but, because of this in-depth analysis, I don’t think I could stomach either of them again; but, that’s just my opinion.

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Danticat, Edwidge. “A Wall of Fire Rising.” The Norton Introduction to Literature: Tenth Edition. Booth and Mays. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. 339-349. Print.
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“V” for Vendetta. Dir. James McTeigue. Warner Bros., 2006. Film

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