V for Vendetta Through a Post Colonial Lense Essay

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V for Vendetta Essay
The highly debated precincts of post colonialism, contrary to popular belief can in fact be applied to the James McTeigue film, V for Vendetta, which conforms to and yet penetrates the expanses of the genre, using a masked megalomaniac rebelling against a futuristic totalitarian authority. Contrary to common post colonial literature, wherein one race often colonizes another, V for Vendetta portrays a rebellion against an authoritarian party which has in its own sense “colonized” every aspect of the populations’ lives. Postcolonial literature is typically characterized by its opposition to the colonial, which is the most inherent concept within this film. The film exudes a sense of revolution and uprising against a
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It is these two sides that make up the whole concept of post colonialism and it is these two sides, which are present within V for Vendetta. In the instance of this film, the colonizers can be seen as the Norsefire government, who have set up a totalitarian government. They have imposed their rule on the public of Brittan. They have also created camps in with they imprison political prisoners, homosexuals, and other unwanted populace. Facing these tough laws are the colonized people or in this case the people of Brittan. These people have been imprisoned under the Norsefire government. Due to the Norsefire government’s power over mass media, the public are forced to believe that what the government is doing is right and that they must follow this example. It is due to these roles that V for Vendetta follows the traditional postcolonial formula and it is also why a postcolonial lens can be applied to this text.

Post-colonial texts are mainly told from the perspective of the oppressed and it is no different in V for Vendetta. Even though V is shown as a terrorist figure, our sympathies still lay with him, as he is the voice of the oppressed. V has committed countless terrorist acts including the eruption of the Old Bailey yet through the plot development we are made to side with him and agree with him. Some may think his actions are justified and others may not but in the end it is his cause that is true and a cause

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