The movie ‘V for Vendetta’ is based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. It’s a dystopian political thriller, set up in the year 2032, in England. The protagonist named V is trying to instigate a revolution against the ruling government. V convinces a young girl Evey played by Natalie Portman, to join his mission. This dystopian England is ruled by the fascist Norsefire government whose leaders have used unethical means to ascend to and gain power....
Sociology and the theories associated with the study of societies, are prominent in all aspects of entertainment especially movies. This essay will attempt to relate the three sociological theories – structural functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism – to the film ‘V for Vendetta’. In order to appropriately discuss how these theories are portrayed in this film, it is important to first understand them and have a working definition of each theory. In structural functionalism is defined as a framework...
The quote ‘One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist’ is often controversial when it comes to the film ‘V for Vendetta’. Terrorism is the illegitimate use of violence and intimidation, particularly against civilians, in the pursuit of political objectives. On the other hand, a freedom fighter is a person who is involved in a violent fight to attain a political objective, particularly to overthrow their government. The act of terrorism is frequently correlated with fighting for freedom, but in...
Narratives can be used as powerful tools to encourage an audience to question the cultural beliefs and practices of their world and to inspire action among them. Aldous Huxley’s speculative fiction ‘Brave New World’ (1932) and James McTeigue’s film ‘V for Vendetta’ (2006) use the dystopic conventions present in their context to comment on the negative concerns of society which may be exacerbated in the future if disregarded by an audience. Both composers explore the extremities of technological advancements and...
The novel ‘1984’ and film ‘V for Vendetta’ are both works that explore how totalitarian governments cause isolation and fear through control. They demonstrate how methods such as propaganda, surveillance and fabrication of information assert control over the lives of their citizens and remove the individual freedom to create a mass of people living in a single unified movement. ‘1984’ In George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ the government, known as the party, uses surveillance as a disciplinary tool to isolate the...
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The movie I chose to discuss from a sociological perspective is ‘V for Vendetta’, which is directed by James McTeigue. The film was originally taken from the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. The setting is familiar to many of the fictitious novels written in the future about a dystopian era, in which people are ruled by fear spread through government-driven propaganda and human atrocities. Many would probably say in a way today we see such tools/mechanisms...
Set in dystopian London ‘V for Vendetta’ directed by James McTeigue, tells the story of the mysterious ‘V’ and his mission to begin a revolution to overthrow the government due to how it oppressed him and the citizens of London. With the help of his ally, Evey, they become successful in toppling the government. With the topics, this film covers and how the story plays out, the best literary theory to analyze it with is Marxist theory as they both...
‘Animal Farm’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ both explore the ways propaganda, totalitarianism and excessive power impact on a tyrannized society. Both works demonstrate and emphasize the ease with which certain factors and tools are used to gain power, and how corruption will inevitably follow on. Situated within an authoritative government, leadership is gained and enforced in both Orwell’s allegorical novel and McTeigue’s dystopian film by forms of power such as fear and terror. This leads to a fundamental question when...