V For Vendetta

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Of the many symbolic masks, the Guy Fawkes mask stands out as one of the most effective, often being used as a “masked identity” in order to make profound statements. Not only does this secret identity create more attention to the “masked one” but it also diverts attention to the cause rather than the identity. Literally using a mask, Fawkes was the main influence of the character “V”, in James McTeigue’s, V For Vendetta. V’s connections and motivations to Guy Fawkes, his attempt to justify himself as a terrorist, and V’s concealment of his true identity, collectively define the message that V conveys to his audience: to break parliament and take control of their own country.

Guy Fawkes’ actions act as a dominant influence in V’s life, motivating V to make a step towards justice in hope that others may follow. Fawkes’ actions, as portrayed by the Gunpowder Plot, were an attempt by himself and other conspirators to blow up parliament for the rights of the many English Catholics in the area (Herber). It is evident in that V uses this as motivation in his own personal life, as he too attempts to blow up parliament in belief that the government running his country was not only failing to make the country better, but also deliberately doing acts that were demoralizing their people. This relationship between V and Fawkes is illuminated in these similar acts against the governments they rebel against, Parliament for Fawkes and Norsefire for V. “Resistance is possible whenever we think outside our collective boxes and sacrifice our immediate wants for a long-term vision of a better future.” (Cudd 188) Both feel as if their people are being oppressed and therefore show resistance against the ruling force. V and Fawkes both also experie...

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...rifice of death for the sole purpose that his idea would continue to live on.

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