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Essay on The Protagonists in the Novel 1984 and Film V for Vendetta

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In the novel 1984 and the film “V for Vendetta”, the protagonist for both stories are captured while performing various acts of rebellion against the totalitarian government, of which is controlling their city. In punishment, the government tortures them with harsh, inhumane methods that are similar to those used in dictatorships during the 1900s like the USSR under Stalin’s rule. However, both protagonists are tortured by different sides, and by people from completely opposite ends of the political ladder: one a government agent, the other a rebel. Although the themes disclosed in relation to the purpose and meanings of torture are similar, the overall message and final opinion that is expressed and conveyed to the recipients are complete…show more content…
In “V for Vendetta”, the purpose of Evey’s torture was quite simple. V was doing what Evey asked of him: To become fearless against the government. Evey was kidnapped by V after Gordon was killed by government agents for conspiracies against Norsefire (the government), and then placed in a false government facility where Evey believed that she had been taken hostage by the secret agents. But she was in fact under V’s supervision and being tortured and interrogated by V, whom had no intention of killing her from the beginning. The amount of control and restraints that V put on this ‘project’ displays a theme of control. He is controlling how Evey’s personality, thinking, and memories should be by forcing her to believe in a false reality. She believes that she is interrogated only to disclose V’s location, but she endures the harsh interrogations while gaining hatred for the government and fearlessness. These facts demonstrate the theme of alienation, because V made Evey just like him: Fearless against the government. This identity was not who Evey was before, and through torture, pain and brainwashing he had taken away her identity, and replaced it with what he thought was best for the future, and what would be beneficial to him as an ally. In some aspects, readers may misjudge the two examples of torture above, coming to the conclusion that one was justified, because it was for the good of
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