The Blurry Lens of Criminality
Humanity has no ultimate standards. There is no absolute wrong or right for the entirety, only differing perspectives adjusted by opinions and experiences. What inclines a person to enforce a law could be the same motive that encourages another to break it. This motivation born of commitment, passion, disregard, or indifference, is what blurs the line between criminality and lawful action. Although our notions of morality can be a societal norm or an individual bias, ultimately the perceived justness of ones cause motivates and governs ones actions. Fighting for a just cause is all in the eyes of the beholder. As is often said: One man 's freedom fighter is another 's terrorist.
In V for Vendetta, the distinction between criminality and heroism is nebulous. Evey’s, the Fingermen’s, and the viewer’s judgments, towards V and his actions all yield potentially different verdicts. Depending upon ones orientation and sensibilities it is either the Fingermen or V who represent unbridled evil. The film invites us to question whether morality is absolute or relative. Moreover, due to the shifting plot lines the viewer’s judgments on who is good and who is evil are challenged. Our evolving perspective on right and wrong tells us much about our values, our ambitions, our fears, and our fantasies.
Modern heroes protect our lives and liberty. Our government and its functionaries are entrusted with these duties. However, when the government is corrupt and