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V for Vendetta by Mind Map: V for Vendetta
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V for Vendetta

Character

V

Role, Symbolizes freedom, V symbolizes the idea of freedom through the Guy Fawkes mask, The mask which V wears has deep connotations for the people of Britian. He already is a symbol for opposition to the 'establishment' and therefore V is riding upon the wave of notoriety already present. However the mask also distances him from us, as he is a shadowy and hidden figure who is not willing to share his identity, but calls upon people to fight. This is a double edged sword, it can distance the viewer but also draw them in as he is more easily accepted as an idea, for having no identity.

Techniques, Editing, Scene where V is broadcasting to the people of London. Many people are seeing how afraid they are of the government, we see many citizens, as well as Evey and Finch., We see from their reactions that up until this point they had not thought of the problems of the state in this way. V is opening their eyes to the issues and as he claims responsibility for the destruction of the old Bailey. By doing this he shows the people of London that he is brave enough to stand up to the government., Dialogue, "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people", This statement defines the course of the film and underscores much of the conflict between the government and the people of Britian. At the beginning of the film we can look at Evey as being an average citizen who is very scared of what the government will do, and rightly so we see fro her interaction with the Fingermen. By the end ofthe film, Evey is no longer afraid and we can see thatnmany other people have moved from their fear, into a state of revolution and wish to bring about change., "words will always retain their power", "Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, beneath this mask Mr Creedy, there is an idea, and ideas are bullet proof", Creedy is a violent man 'for whom the end always justifies the means', as such, he is very ready to shoot and ask question later. With V he find arhat he must first ask questions as he is not always in control of the situation. V is the idea which people hold true to themselves, that they have right to be free. Creedy however, is the government, especially now tha Sutler is dead, violence is the only recourse he knows., "There is something very wrong with this country", Costume

Finch

Role, Government representative of the people

Techniques, Editing, Dialogue, "If I am sure of anything Mr Finch, it is that this government won’t survive if it is be subject to your feelings”, We can see how Finch is not one the ‘boys’ who are calling the shots and his role in the overall political structure is not so well valued. This is ironic, because Finch is probably the only man in the room, at this stage, who actually could help the government survive the oncoming onslaught, "I felt like I could see everythng that had happened, and everyhingthat was going to happen, all lined up", Finch is also the only one in touch with the people of Britian at this time. He knows exactly what will happen both within and outside the government. The use of his voice over as the scenes of the little girl being shot and the finger man being mobbed, to the deployment of troops all do happen but we are distanced fro the reality of Finch prophesising what will happen. The director chooses to have his foretelling play out on the screen for us. It clearly cements the notion that Finch is the man who should be calling the shot abut has been sidelined because of the blindness of Sutler and Creedy.

Idea

Governments should be afraid of their people

Techniques, Dialogue, "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people", This statement defines the course of the film and underscores much of the conflict between the government and the people of Britian. At the beginning of the film we can look at Evey as being an average citizen who is very scared of what the government will do, and rightly so we see fro her interaction with the Fingermen. By the end ofthe film, Evey is no longer afraid and we can see thatnmany other people have moved from their fear, into a state of revolution and wish to bring about change., "words will always retain their power", "Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, beneath this mask Mr Creedy, there is an idea, and ideas are bullet proof", Creedy is a violent man 'for whom the end always justifies the means', as such, he is very ready to shoot and ask question later. With V he find arhat he must first ask questions as he is not always in control of the situation. V is the idea which people hold true to themselves, that they have right to be free. Creedy however, is the government, especially now tha Sutler is dead, violence is the only recourse he knows., "There is something very wrong with this country", Symbolism / Costume, V symbolizes the idea of freedom through the Guy Fawkes mask, The mask which V wears has deep connotations for the people of Britian. He already is a symbol for opposition to the 'establishment' and therefore V is riding upon the wave of notoriety already present. However the mask also distances him from us, as he is a shadowy and hidden figure who is not willing to share his identity, but calls upon people to fight. This is a double edged sword, it can distance the viewer but also draw them in as he is more easily accepted as an idea, for having no identity., Sutler symbolizes oppression, Sutler is a figure who represents the tired and worn out government. He is overworked, stressed, angry and tired. He is a figurehead, who is disembodied from his corporeal self, who we cannot connect with humanity and him being a character who we sympathize with., Editing, Scene where V is broadcasting to the people of London. Many people are seeing how afraid they are of the government, we see many citizens, as well as Evey and Finch., We see from their reactions that up until this point they had not thought of the problems of the state in this way. V is opening their eyes to the issues and as he claims responsibility for the destruction of the old Bailey. By doing this he shows the people of London that he is brave enough to stand up to the government.

Conflict

Government/people

Idea, Governments should be afraid of their people, Techniques, Dialogue, "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people", This statement defines the course of the film and underscores much of the conflict between the government and the people of Britain. At the beginning of the film we can look at Evey as being an average citizen who is very scared of what the government will do, and rightly so we see from her interaction with the Fingermen. By the end of the film, Evey is no longer afraid and we can see that many other people have moved from their fear, into a state of revolution and wish to bring about change., "words will always retain their power", "Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, beneath this mask Mr Creedy, there is an idea, and ideas are bullet proof", Creedy is a violent man 'for whom the end always justifies the means', as such, he is very ready to shoot and ask question later. With V he must first ask questions as he is not always in control of the situation. V is the idea which people hold true to themselves, that they have right to be free. Creedy however, is the government, especially now that Sutler is dead, violence is the only recourse he knows., "There is something very wrong with this country", Symbolism, V symbolizes the idea of freedom through the Guy Fawkes mask, The mask which V wears has deep connotations for the people of Britian. He already is a symbol for opposition to the 'establishment' and therefore V is riding upon the wave of notoriety already present. However the mask also distances him from us, as he is a shadowy and hidden figure who is not willing to share his identity, but calls upon people to fight. This is a double edged sword, it can distance the viewer but also draw them in as he is more easily accepted as an idea, for having no identity., Sutler symbolizes oppression, Sutler is a figure who represents the tired and worn out government. He is overworked, stressed, angry and tired. He is a figurehead, who is disembodied from his corporeal self, who we cannot connect with humanity and him being a character who we sympathize with., Editing, Scene where V is broadcasting to the people of London. Many people are seeing how afraid they are of the government, we see many citizens, as well as Evey and Finch., We see from their reactions that up until this point they had not thought of the problems of the state in this way. V is opening their eyes to the issues and as he claims responsibility for the destruction of the old Bailey. By doing this he shows the people of London that he is brave enough to stand up to the government.

Creedy/Finch

Idea, Police are not allowed to do their job, Techniques, Dialogue, “I just want a chance to talk to her, before she disappears into one of Creedy’s black bags.”, Finch commenting on the practice of Creedy's, where suspects are detained by black bags being taped over their heads. These people also tend not to be heard from again, thus the use of the word 'disappear'., The police are too soft and do not deal in the black and white world which Creedy operates, thus are incapable of producing results., "This is no ordinary situation and requires more than your ordinary attention”, Creedy commenting on Finch and his police force being inadequate to deal with the death of the prominent party members V has been killing. This is a slight on Finch's abilities and also the worthiness of the police force. Finch also comments that it will 'be hard to carry out an investigation if you (Creedy) will be detaining all my witnesses'., The idea that the police can not be trusted to do the job they have always done, shows us that the governement jealously guards its power. Through the use of secret police and a special force (Creedy's Fingermen), we see the true power brokers. Not only do they not uphold any rights of the common people, as with the attempted rape of Evey at the beginning of the film, they also are not accountable to anyone, especially not the police., Finch is also the only one in touch with the people of Britian at this time. He knows exactly what will happen both within and outside the government. The use of his voice over as the scenes of the little girl being shot and the finger man being mobbed, to the deployment of troops all do happen but we are distanced fro the reality of Finch prophesising what will happen. The director chooses to have his foretelling play out on the screen for us. It clearly cements the notion that Finch is the man who should be calling the shot abut has been sidelined because of the blindness of Sutler and Creedy., "If I am sure of anything Mr Finch, it is that this government won’t survive if it is be subject to your feelings”, This show shows us how Sutler distrusts the feeling of his chief of police. We know that Finch is the man, most in touch with the people of Britain, compared to the rest of the men in the room., We can see how Finch is not one the ‘boys’ who are calling the shots and his role in the overall political structure is not so well valued. This is ironic, because Finch is probably the only man in the room, at this stage, who actually could help the government survive the oncoming onslaught, "His loyalty is not in question... Your mother was Irish wasn't she?", Narrative voice over, When Finch goes to visit Larkhill and comes back to talk to his aide we hear and see how the entire chain of events are connected. Even though Finch has been hampered in his investigation by the government, especially Creedy, he perseveres and uncovers the truth.