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Senseless Fears in the Film V Vendetta and Short Story Doughnut Shops and Doormen

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When humans are afraid, we think irrationally. We can convince ourselves that we see demons in the dark, or that inanimate objects are moving on their own. Although after applying logic we disregard these thoughts, upon reiterating an idea multiple times our brains recognize them as true. For instance, in the film V for Vendetta Chancellor Adam Sutler of a future Britain uses repetitive videos of American riots as a scare tactic to discourage the people of Britain from rebelling. In addition, the short story “Doughnut Shops and Doormen” reinstates the idea of fear through a women who consistently avoids unnecessary human contact by convincing herself that the only person she cares for is a rock star whom she’ll never met. Both of these…show more content…
Consequently Amy has improperly developed social skills, thus does not like receiving attention. When speaking of her coworkers Amy assumes, “They forget about me. I am unnoticeable, as I intend. There is no room in my life for reality, only Chris” (289). Chris imposes Amy’s negative perception of reality because she fears losing him, although she doesn’t actually have him. In a “normal” friendship/relationship, we have concerns for our friend’s addictions. They cause us to give interventions, and seek help that our friend typically doesn’t want. Amy’s consistent attachment to an unobtainable person has caused her to have a social phobia.
On a similar note, V for Vendetta illustrates a country ran by overuse of a fear injecting slogan. The film begins with Louis Pathro, the voice of London, criticizing America for supposedly needing assistance. He specifically states, “Here was a country that had everything, absolutely everything. And now, 20 years later, is what? The world's biggest leper colony. Why? Godlessness.” This is to invoke a fear of God in the people of Britain. He continues, “Strength through unity. Unity through faith. I'm a God-fearing Englishman and I'm goddamn proud of it!” The slogan “Strength through unity. Unity through faith” is written on posters all throughout Britain. They indicate that the land of Britain should be strong because of all of its “God-fearing”
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