Themes In V For Vendetta

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In the film V for vendetta directed by James McTeigue two important themes that are represented throughout the movie are the idea of freedom and the abuse of power. Both of these themes are communicated to the audience using costumes, dialogue, noir lighting and close up shots. The film, V for Vendetta, is set in London England and is a dystopian text about a masked vigilante known by the name V. He takes revenge through terrorist attacks on those who oversaw the lark hill settlement where thousands were deliberately killed as a way for the government to gain money. At the start of the film, there is a scene where V saves a young woman named Evey, who is out past curfew from being raped by two finger men, finger men are undercover police who work for Creedy (the head of secret police). The first important theme in the film was the idea of freedom. Throughout the film we are showed how ideas don’t have to be so complicated they can be as simple as someone’s identity. Because V had no identity he was able to represent the idea of freedom. An example of this is shown through the opening scene using costumes. V wears a guy Fawkes mask to not only to hide the burns and scars on his face from a past event but as a way of representing an idea, By taking away the face of V you are taking away the person wearing the mark, removing his true identity from the picture and allowing him to become an idea and not just be another face. This links to the end of the film after V dies when Evey is asked by Finch “Who was he?” (V) She replies “He was Edmond Dantés... and he was my father. And my mother... my brother... my friend. He was you... and me. He was all of us.” This represents how V had no identity and how because he was represented as the idea of freedom he could have been anybody and it was this that enabled others who had no power to step up and make a stand also and fight for their freedom. Through dialogue we are also taught how the idea is often more important and remembered long after any person behind it would be. From the very first scene Evey uses dialogue to show the audience how we as humans are taught that the idea is more important than the person behind it. She says, “We are told to remember the idea and
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