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V for Vendetta, by SS1 Alan Moore published in 1989, is
infamous for its themes and messages about government control, humankind’s
morality, and vengeance. Set in an imagined future England controlled by the
fascist Norsefire government, this story shows readers the power of standing up
for one’sSS2  rights while considering the
consequences of their actions. Throughout the novel, the protagonist, V,
commits mass destruction, murder and various acts of violence for personal vengeance,
and  to achieve freedom and anarchy. Freedom
is “doing as you please” as defined by the novel, and anarchy is the
“lack of a governing body,” as defined by Moore. This leaves the
reader to wonder if V’s actions towards the Norsefire government were justified
for the means of freedom, anarchy, and personal vengeance against Norsefire’s
totalitarian reign. An analysis of V’s actions suggests
that the extremely violent acts he committed for personal vengeance against NorsefireDV4 SS5  are justified because they
ultimately contributed to obtaining freedom from Norsefire’s oppression.

The
murders V committedSS6 ,
despite being violent crimes, were necessary to bring justice to victims of the
Larkhill Resettlement Camp. The people who  he
took vengeance in the novel (Lewis Prothero, Bishop Lilliman, and Dr. Delia
Surridge) were not innocent people; they were essential components to running the
concentration camp. Torturing V—and countless other “undesirables”—through
physical and verbal abuse, starvation, and drugging them was wicked. To get
vengeance for the cruelty subjected to Larkhill victims, V “killed…everyone who
ever worked at Larkhill Camp, one by one, over the past four years,” making
their deaths look like a natural occurrence. V carefully planned the deaths of
these three essential people of Larkhill with a certain poetic justice to each
death: Lewis Prothero, V’s former prison guard, though not dead, was driven
mentally insane by V burning his dolls, similar to how Prothero burned people
in the ovens. He killed Bishop Anthony Lilliman, former chaplain, Holy
Communion filled with cyanide, and V injected a poison into Delia Surridge, a
pathologist who injected hormones into people for experiments. These violent
actions V committed for personal vengeance contributed to obtaining freedom
from Norsefire’s oppression because essential parts to this government were now
gone, weakening their power over society. The preacher and teacher of the only
religion allowed in England was now dead, meaning England could no longer trust
religion and faith as deeply. The voice of Fate, that told society what was
right and wrong and censored information by only conveying what Norsefire
wanted its people to know, being driven incurably in sane meant the concept of
fate could no longer control England as Fate’s new voice was not as effective  as Prothero’s voice; one of Norsefire’s main
sources of propaganda was gone. DV8 SS9 Lastly,
the only person to seem humane during this totalitarian reign actually injected
hormones and drugs into people, stating “I think I enjoyed what I did at the
time…people are stupid and evil…we deserve to be culled.”  Dr. Delia Surridge realized acknowledged her
immoral actions, and also believed she and the other Larkhill workers deserved
to be those V killed. V’s actions were justified because he freed England from some
of the strongest people holding the government together, and made these people
experience the cruelty to which they subjected innocent people.

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The
destruction of many important symbols of England,
despite being violent actions, was justified because it helped weaken the
amount of power Norsefire had over its’ citizens.

There were 3 crucial symbols to the
Norsefire government and the people of England:
Parliament, the voice of Fate, and the Old Bailey; all which V destroyed. As
Adam Susan, the leader of Norsefire and England expressed to Derek Almond after
Parliament’s destruction, “your incompetence has cost us our oldest symbol of
authority and a jarring propaganda defeat…someone did the unthinkable. Someone
hurt us.” Parliament, England’s oldest and most prominent symbol of power and
strength of a nation, was used as propaganda for Norsefire by representing the
power and authority very few have over a nation. Its’
destruction
– SAC only needs 2 mics, stage lights, and the sound system.
– A SAC member will send a laptop (must be a laptop since that’s easier for
them) up with the playlist which Stage Crew will just connect to their sound syweakened
the Norsefire government by allowing the people of England to see that the
government was not as powerful as they presented themselves, and that it was
possible for a terrorist to rebel against them. Parliament’s destruction showed
England the government’s vulnerability. Driving Lewis Prothero, the voice of
Fate in sane meant the main source of propaganda of Norsefire’s unlimited
knowledge was gone; instead of sounding strong and mysterious, the new voice of
Fate was frail and very human, leading to the people of England to question
their government’s power and realizing their government was just human, thus
flawed. Finally, V blew up Lady Justice for personal vengeance. Lady Justice
symbolizes justice and stood on the Old Bailey, England’s Central Criminal
Court. However, with the Norsefire government in power, justice is imprisoning
and torturing minorities. Thus Furthermore Lady Justice and what she stands for has
failed V as to him. she
She now represents the weakness and lack of
justice in England, and how to him, anarchy is the only way of achieving
freedom. As a result, he blows her up. V destroyed these important symbols for
personal vengeance because what they stood for DV12 SS13 had
failed to happen
and would not help achieve true freedom, whereas anarchy would. Destroying
these symbols, despite being very violent, was justified because it helped the
people of England to question their government’s authority, which weakened Norsefire’s
control over England, eventually leading to anarchy and freedom from
Norsefire’s oppressionSS14 .

Finally,
these SS15 violent actions are justifiable
because they allowed Evey to overcome her fear of death. By including all of
the elements of Larkhill in his meticulously crafted re-creation, with all the elements of the
prison (from
its appearance to the way inmates were treatedSS16 ), V made this re-creation of Larkhill very realistic, using
robots to act like human guards who interact with Evey, even though it was just
a recording of V’s voice. Describing her prison cell as just, “four walls, two
windows with six bars, and one toilet with no seat, and there’s a wooden
partition, and a cot…and there’s me…and there’s a rat,” Evey endured torture
through starvation, constantly being blindfolded, a guard shaving her head and holding
her head in toilet bowls, and abuse. The “smallness of her cell, weight of
her chains,” and cruelty she experienced psychologically deformed her, thinking
after spending some time in prison, “Only now I don’t mind the rat…because I’m
no better.” Her only ray of hope was a letter from Valerie, the deceased Larkhill
prisoner (captured for being a lesbian) in Room IV, which reminded her to keep
her integrity and not admit to the crimes she committed. Experiencing this
torture staged by V was justified because it allowed SS17 Evey to overcome her fear of death;
she realized dying for V’s cause of freedom was more important than living in
an oppressive nation. Physically seeing the bars of the psychological prison
she was trapped in made her finally understand true freedom. Although V’s main
purpose of torturing Evey was to get rid of her fear of death, it also stemmed
from personal vengeance against Norsefire. He convinced Evey to join his cause
of achieving anarchy to avenge her parents’ and lover’s death, all whom were
killed by Norsefire. V wanted Evey to join him to attract more people to his
cause, and get vengeance for the torture him and other inmates were subject to.
Convincing Evey to join him also carried the motive of his cause eventually
becoming her cause too, and carrying out the role of V once he dies, which she did

In conclusion , an analysis of V’s actions suggest that the extremely violent acts he
committed for personal vengeance against Norsefire are justified because they
ultimately contributed to obtaining freedom from Norsefire’s oppression. V’s acts of vengeance contributed to freedom from Norsefire’s
oppression while bringing justice to victims of Larkhill Resettlement Camp,
destroying important symbols of the English government (both past and present),
and by allowing Evey to overcome her fear of death. V demonstrates how violence
is justifiable as it is sometimes the only solution.