Mirrors In V For Vendetta

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In the 2005 film, “V for Vendetta”, McTeigue strategically uses mirrors to quietly echo the desire to expose the truth of a totalitarian government. V, a heroic, masked vigilante, takes it upon himself to plot the demise of a fascist British government. Evey emerges as V’s unlikely accomplice in his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption. Although Evey eventually becomes a fighting force, she begins the film as an obedient, and most importantly, a fearful citizen of her tyrannical government. In the opening scene of the film, McTeigue introduces both V and Evey seated in front of mirrors. In the way the McTeigue films the scene, it actually appears as if Evey and V sit on opposite sides of the same mirror. If the mirror represents the truth, then Evey and V are also sitting on opposite sides of the same truth: the truth that the society they live in is based on lies and must be…show more content…
As V addresses the entire United Kingdom, he rationalizes with the population: “And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame… if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror…Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence.”
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