V For Vendetta Hero Analysis

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Without any conflict a story-(read: a movie)-is boring. Some people are drawn to the dark motives and actions of the villains and because of this more often than not the villain is more liked than the hero. Movies have transpired to show the hero in a good light that’s enjoyable and believable. But a man’s worth can only ever truly be measured by the weight of those that stand against them. In days of old it was easy enough to throw a black hat on a man and show him shoot a few people and have the white hat ride in and save the day and voila the good guy is the shining example of heroism. Decades passing have caused our understanding and collective desires to change by opening and expanding our minds; so too have the villains been forced to …show more content…
While older than The Dark Knight, the movie V for Vendetta takes a step out of stereotypical villain and moves toward the Anti-Hero archetype. Enter a world beset by chaos which was overcome by the restrictive and controlling government installed by a Chancellor Sutler. At start of the movie the main character Evey Hammond is on her way to a date, and running late she winds up being out past curfew. She gets set upon by several men whom she believes to be rapists. When she tries to defend herself they reveal themselves to be both rapists, and government agents which she identifies as “Finger men”. This goes to show the level of corruption in the dystopian country. One of the Finger men asks the others if they should spare her, and one says ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’. Enter Code-name V, speaking lines from one of Shakespeare’s plays, once he has the man who quoted the bible he speaks, “we’re oft to blame in this, ‘tis too much proved that with devotions visage we do sugar o’er the devil himself” (McTeigue), after valiantly defeating the would-be rapists with knives and martial arts. This makes for an argument used by V later that violence can be used for

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