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  1. Ideology • Shared ideas, values, beliefs • Dominant ideology is shared by the majority • A small number of powerful people in control of a large number of weak people • Representation and stereotype are linked because they might change our views on people, places, events and can be used by those in control to stay in control

  2. Themes and Ideology V For Vendetta

  3. Synopsis • Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself - and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

  4. Themes Private

  5. Motivations • Mix of public and private • Basic sense of natural justice – save innocents • Take on Totalitarian state and promote revolution

  6. Revenge • Quest for revenge on people who experimented on him while in prison (he kills them all) • Small acts of revenge act as counterpoint to his overall plan to bring down government (which put him in prison and runs the system he is against)

  7. Responsibility • Individuals are responsible for their own actions (links to revenge) • V and later Evey are responsible for the revolution which in turn means they are taking on others (the publics) responsibility as citizens

  8. Relationships • V and Evey, not so much as romance but more of how they both grow as characters together • The states negative treatment of Valerie Page’s sexual orientation

  9. The Moral Question • ‘The end justifies the means’ - V clearly crosses the moral line with his acts of terrorism but these acts are what wakes the public up eventually

  10. Choices • Small plot points lead V to make multiple choices which link to revenge, relationships and morals • The main choice is more subtle – it is for the public to choose to be apathetic or not, to passively take what the state is giving them, even when bad

  11. Themes Public

  12. Right and Wrong • Links to private choices theme • V does many things that are technically wrong and illegal • He is encouraging the public to have a revolution

  13. Discrimination • Minority groups are removed from ‘normal’ society such as; homosexuals, religious groups, political opponents etc • Ultimately the story is about how the state grows too strong and removes those they don’t like. This is why V wants to bring it down.

  14. Social Class • The film is set in the UK where class is still a relevant real world issue • Working class are happy with security of pubs and TV • Middle class understand the state is bad but have a lot to lose if they fight it • Ruling class are linked to the government and want to protect their interests

  15. Science and Technology • Science and tech are abused by the government and put to evil uses by the villains • An accident when trying to create a bad virus accidently creates V; this links to revenge and choices etc • A bit like Frankenstein; a monster that destroys its creator

  16. Society and Politics • V for Vendetta is based on a graphic novel written in 1980’s Thatcherite UK; a time when state control was very strong • The film also references more modern terrorism issues • In the film; the state lies about terrorist threats so they can take more control and be powerful. This is like conspiracy theories from 9/11 • There are Muslim extremists as the people the state are against and the state themselves are a Christian fundamentalist party

  17. Homophobia becomes a government policy • V is trying to ‘wake up’ the public to the negative state control • References to modern concentration camps like Guantanamo Bay, CCTV Big Brother style surveillance, Media spin and lies, State control and brain washing, corrupted religious organisations etcetc • Links back to Guy Fawkes original act of terrorism • The V mask has been taking on by real life anarchy groups

  18. Ideology • Typical superhero ideology of ‘freedom forever’ (actually a tag line for the film). Superman, Batman, Ironman etc all essentially fight for freedom, Truth, Justice (American Way) • British film so a bit different and less moral (like Batman?). Unlike most American hero's where they come into conflict with government but ultimately get let off and help them, V doesn’t care who he conflicts with. He knows he is right and that is most important.