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V for vendetta and 1984

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Caroline Raleigh

on 12 February 2013

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Transcript of V for vendetta and 1984

By Briana Nielsen and Caroline Raleigh 1984 and V for Vendetta The human spirit suffers when pressured, especially when pressured by those important to us. For example, O'Brien breaks Winston's spirit by pretending to care and then torturing him. Also, children are influenced easily. The Parsons' children are influenced by the government to spy on their parents. Meanwhile, Tom Parsons believes everything he is told by the government because, as a child, he was taught that Big brother is always right. The human spirit prevails when given courage or a reason to prevail. In V for Vendetta, Evey Hammond was "captured" and tortured for the whereabouts of V. She refused to give in and say because of a woman named Valerie. Valerie wrote a letter, describing her life's events such as how she was a lesbian and it was not acceptable in the society of the time. She was taken prisoner for her sexuality and writes an encouraging letter, saying that although she will never meet the reader, she loves them. This gives Evey hope. Love and Relationships Power The Human Spirit Dystopian Society Themes A Dystopian Society is flawed because it corrupts those with power to go to any extreme to keep it and with that, people become controlling and manipulative. This brings a dehumanization to people because we worry more about the money, control, and power rather than our fellow human beings. A dystopian society, such as Oceania, unites the people as one. They use odd methods such as an ongoing war, but the people unite as one. Power is a corrupting mechanism. Power can satisfy a person for a short amount of time, then one begins to lust for more. Also people who lust after power tend to hurt those around them, or delay something that is more important. Love forces people to be selfish. In 1984, Winston Smith cares for Julia in a very child-like way, but Julia only wants him for inappropriate relations. At first, Winston was terrified to be in a relationship with Julia because the Party forbade it and would "un-person" him. However, in V for Vendetta, love is blissful and gives you strength. Evey and V loved each other and were willing to protect each other, which is very different from their 1984 counterparts. Evey also realizes a love from a woman named Valerie, who suffered for her love. Power can kill just like love can. The difference between the two? Love can also heal and protect those who feel it. Evey found the strength to protect V in her love for him while Winston betrayed Julia. The reason for that is that Winston's love for Julia was purely physical while Evey and V's love was emotional and spiritual. Sometimes we need to take a step back, look at our relationships and ask "Is this really working?" What is love?
Does the human spirit exist?
Is power good? So many people ask this question but there are few who know the "correct" response Those in a dystopia, or imperfect society, do not care about the answers to these questions V is an almost insane man. He has a lot of street smart, as well as being capable of many alliterations of words with "v", hence his name. His name also stands for the vengeance that he gives to those who have wronged him. No one knows of V's true appearance under his mask and long clothes, other than he is severely burnt and his hair...
He manipulates the media by coming into the building and he instills fear into the Chancellor and the party by threatening their control. This makes the government view him as a menace, but the people view him as a leader or a martyr. His limitation is he is solely focused on revenge until Evey, but while he realizes this, he has a duty to overthrow the "evil" of the party. Evey Hammond is a woman who has lived on the run from the government. She is independent, but fears losing her life or being harmed. When she meets V, this changes. He tortures her until her fear is dissolved. "Those without fear are truly dangerous." Evey becomes a threat to the Party, which is a complete 180 from her previous character. She was only driven for herself, but V forced her to strive for a "greater good". Winston Smith is a minutely intellectual character. He realizes the party is corrupt but he is too afraid to do anything.
Julia likes to think of herself as a rebel, but she is actually acquiescent and never does anything to stop the party.
O'Brian is a power-hungry, deceitful person of high class who plays Winston like a cat plays a mouse. He seeks knowledge and power through knowledge. Chancellor Sutler and Big Brother are both greedy. They are strict through the use of thought police, telescreens, and fingermen; Both Chancellor and BB are cruel. If you oppose them, you are tortured and killed. They fear the loss of power and will do anything to keep it. The Party in both 1984 and V for Vendetta were anonymous. You never knew who was in the Party, but the viewer does know that they are the elite. They work together to control what is said and done.
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