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SYMBOLISM IN V FOR VENDETTA

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Shani Els

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Transcript of SYMBOLISM IN V FOR VENDETTA

V FOR VENDETTA
"remember remember the 5th of November,
the gunpowder, treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the 5th of November
should ever be forgot"

SYMBOLISM
From your initial viewing of the film,
what are some symbols that you
feel play an important role in the telling of the story?
the mask
THE MASK AND V

The mask represents identity vs ideal
- V never takes the mask off because he is the
embodiment of that ideal.

"Ideas are Bulletproof" - Creedy asks "why won't you die". V cannot be seen as simply just a character, he represents more than flesh and blood. He is the symol of new found freedom that everyone should aim for.
The Mask is "symbol" for that ideal life.


the mask also represents the masses.

By having a mask as the "face" of the rebellion it means that the mask represents everyone.
We see this in the final scene with thousands of people dressed as V. And when Evey states that he is everyone simultaneously.
"you wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were underneath it"

A "Mask" and every one else

The film starts with Evey putting on make-up, her mask. This conveys a false sense of confidence to the outside world.

Finch wears a mask of false loyalty. To ensure his own safety he has to continue to pledge loyalty to the Government, despite his growing doubts about society and rule.

Gordon is forced to wear a mask to conceal his true identity as a homosexual man. For Gordon his life depends on wearing a "mask"


roses and the colour red
"For 3 years I had roses,
and I apologised to no-one

- Valerie
FREEDOM
INTEGRITY
HAPPINESS
DEATH
LOVE
We tend to associate the rose with love and beauty.

V associates the Rose with his own form of revenge? Why?
Discuss with the person next to you why you think roses are such a prominent symbol in the movie.

Milene and Misciel made some really great points yesterday about how the rose can be seen as artificial beauty. We see the pretty side of the rose and often ignore the thorns.

The thorns could represent the negative aspects of society that are beginning to creep through. Up until now people have only seen what they want to see (the petals) but V has allowed them to see the danger (thorns) of the society that they are living in.

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mirrors
"truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty,
you need only look into a mirror"
-V
Traditionally a symbol for true or false identity.

In the quote you looked at before - what are some characters that you feel that could link to? Why?

What do you think the significance of the opening scene of V and Evey is?

Mirrors, basically force us to look at ourselves and force us to examine the person we really are, despite of who we are trying to be.
traditionally a symbol for true
or false identity.

Thinking about the quote shown before,
what characters could it apply to?

What is the significance of the use
of mirrors in that opening scene?

Mirrors, basically force us to look at ourselves
for who we really are. It tells no lies, it
portrays us in our true self and takes away
any illusions we try to create.
dominoes
"An inch. It's small and it's fragile and it's the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us"
-Valerie
What is the relationship between the
quote made my Valerie about "an inch"
and the domino clip you have just seen?

Do you, like me, find that V looks surprised that there is ONE single domino left behind at the end? Why?

What is the significance of it not falling down?

How do the dominoes relate to Finch's dialogue?
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