Revenge In James Mcteigue's Film V For Vendetta

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James McTeigue’s film, V for Vendetta is about a fascist government dubbed the Norsefire party taking power through fear and intimidation, the only person opposing them is an anarchist vigilante whose only moniker is V. The director uses the character V to illustrate the idea of revenge, whilst reinforcing the theme through the use of camera angles, sound, lighting and symbolism throughout the film.

Throughout the film, McTeigue uses V to display the idea of revenge in his film. This is explained in that while V is a person, the director gives him lines of dialogue that represent what he has become such as the line “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof” this indicates
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An example of this in regards to the emotion of revenge is the roses V places on the bodies of each of the people he has murdered. He does this to avenge Valerie’s death which was caused by the Norsefire Party, He got the idea to use roses from this quote from Valerie’s note, “They took away the roses” thus, he’s paying respect to Valerie’s memory by both killing the people that killed her and by bringing back the roses that she cherished so much. Also the colour red is very symbolic for revenge as it is both present in the V logo which in itself is symbolic for the act of revenge due to the fact that it was the number on v’s cell at larkhill where he was tortured. In addition, the main colour of a rose is red which is used by V to avenge Valerie death throughout the film. Also, V’s Guy Fawkes mask is very symbolic of the act of revenge as both the original owner (Guy Fawkes) and v wants revenge on a government that has mistreated them and their people, they both use a similar method that being explosives, the director does this in order to draw a parallel between the two
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