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V for Vendetta Heroic Journey

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Transcript of V for Vendetta Heroic Journey

The Hero's Journey The journey - both physical and emotional
that the main character goes on. The themes of the
text are conveyed through this journey. Evey taken by V V saves Evey V dies; Evey sets trains V kills Creedy Evey released
from 'prison' Evey captured at Gordon's Evey tells V about her life. Evey escapes at the church V kills Prothero V kills Dr. Surridge V kills Lilliman Normality Act III: Denuemont New normality ? Evey's normality: Day to day life.
Knows the govt is wrong but will not do anything
about it.
Life ruled by fear. (From her childhood) Shown through: Costume & Makeup:
Parallel editing with V: Setting:
Mise-en-scene and filming of London. London:
Colours: grey/blue (ominous) = fear/repression
Lighting: Low-key/shadows dominate = fear
Set design: Concrete, bare, narrow, buildings tower over her. = Closed in - role of govt & power of fear over Evey
Angles = High angles - make Evey look small, innocent, vulnerable, weak. Look at how the following shot helps establish
Evey as innocent, good yet ruled by fear. Act I = Exposition: Setting
Character
Conflict Inciting Incident Act II = Development This event changes Evey's normality and V's too. How V is filmed shows us Evey's point of view.
Feelings towards him. Angles = powerful, intimitdating
Lighting = Good, evil, mad or all of the above. Turning Point 1 What else has been destroyed here? Shadow Gallery - underground.
Evey's journey is to do with her
deep-seeded, hidden fears. Her physical journey will go from underground
to a rooftop. Shows she conquers her deep-seeded, underground, hidden fears. V's journey charted via his revenge killings.
Evey charted by her overcoming fear.
V has to overcome his thirst for vengeance, his hate. Internal Conflicts:
Evey's motivation: overcome fear.
V's motivation: overcome hate.
External Conflict:
Both: End the totalitarian regime. As we go through this journey add notes to
your journey map.
Also, make notes on the following categories:
1. Evey's character - strengths/weaknesses,
motivations and goals, internal conflict,
development.
2. V's character
3. Thematic ideas
4. Recurring film techniques & motifs Though Evey has changed, and we feel
even more sympathy for her now we
know her background, she has still
not become the hero she will become.
She is still ruled by fear. How are Gordon and V similar?
How does the film show this? Similar lighting and colour scheme. Warm = safe.
Parallel scenes - egg cooking etc, watching tv on the couch.
Settings - both hidden: Shadow Gallery & Vault What is similar about the
Shadow Gallery & Vault? Hidden - SG underground, Vault, within Gordon's house. This is where their true identities are shown.
They both hide their identity because they have to.
Shows that this is what we do with our identity.
Evey's identity also hidden - but beneath her makeup, clothes, normal appearance etc. What is different about this killing? How does this challenge/question/alter
our view of V? How does the lighting on V's mask
convey the complex nature of
his character? What do V's actions convey about:
the affect of revenge?
the duality of people?
the complex nature of justice and morality? How has Evey changed?
Why is this scene so pivotal?
What themes does it develop? How does Valarie's story
save Evey? How does it relate
to key themes? How does the filming
of these scenes link to other
scenes and help develop key ideas
about characters and themes? Evey is baptised in rain; V in fire.
What do each of these symbolise about
the characters? About key ideas? V was turned into a monster. Evey didn't
respond the same way to V's treatment.
What does this say about Evey? Who is more powerful:V or Evey?
How does the contrast in their
"baptisms" reflect this?
What messages/values are implied in this scene? How does the use of costume
convey the idea that Evey is now
heroic and foreshadows that she,
not V, will save England? This is the climax of V's story.
How does he succeed?
How does he fail? Why does V place setting the bombs
off in Evey's hands?
Why is she the best choice? The storyteller tying up loose ends
and handing them to the reader. Apart from his life,
what else
does V sacrifice?
Why does this make
him a hero?
What do real
freedom fighters
have to sacrifice? Who are some of the dead characters who take masks off at the end?
Why is it these characters? The film closes with fireworks, bright explosions lighting up the sky. How is this symbolic? What is the new normality for Evey?
What is in her future?
Why has V's character journey line
continued even though he's dead? When Evey returns to V she is totally different.
Compare this shot of her, the setting and its presentation to the first shots of Evey in London.
How does this convey her changes? Look at Evey's costume.
How does this convey the idea that
she is still weak, innocent, vulnerable?
(NB - follows typical fairytale journey) Beyond the text What countries exist today who face the same problems the people of London face? What is the Occupy Wall Street movement
all about? Why have they taken up
wearing the V mask? What "masks" do people in everyday life wear?
What "masks" do teenagers especially wear? Genre. V for Vendetta is a dystopia film Dystopia films are set in a future gone wrong and offer warnings for our future. What warnings does
the film raise? This film was an early post-9/11 film.
How would this context have influenced
the ideas the directors would have wanted to raise? What are some similar texts to this film?
How does having a knowledge of these texts
deepen your understanding of the film's
characters and themes? Films, TV, anime Novels, non-fiction Short stories Poetry, song lyrics
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