The are raised: Can violence be a moral avenue

The author communicates his view of democracy effectively throughout his text. He uses literature as a vehicle for political and social criticism. V for Vendetta tells of a future Britain under the heel of a dictatorship. In his graphic novel, the main character, V, destroys the Norsefire regime because he is against its various policies. Despite his excessive use of force, the reader desires V’s ultimate goals (returning his world to a state of more democratized freedom) and therefore sympathizes with his plight. Accordingly, we can assume the author’s beliefs are being shared with the reader through V. His actions seem justified because it all works toward a positive human benefit. Alan Moore shows a nightmarish dystopian society, he is telling the readers what they should value and preserve by using counter examples. Therefore, the novel serves as a warning.The author presents a model of social change in a dystopian highly repressive England, in which people are constantly being watched by an all-powerful government.V for Vendetta refers to many historical events, including: the Cold War, the conservative values of the Reagan/Thatcher era, and the Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot.The Cold War was still escalating, when Moore was writing V for Vendetta. There was fear that the race between the United States and the U.S.S.R. would result in a nuclear war, which could destroy the entire planet. V for Vendetta’s premise is that this war has occurred: both Russia and the US have been destroyed, along with Africa.During the rise of conservatism in the 1980s, the American President Ronald Reagan and the English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher were widely criticized for their indifference to demographic groups whose identities were said to oppose “traditional moral values”. Norsefire is a highly conservative, homophobic, and racist regime, inspired from the Reagan/Thatcher era.And, finally, inspired by Guy Fawkes, V bases his appearance and expression around the event and its era. Beneath his mask, he ceases to become a person but a manifestation of a concept, a symbol of protest against government tyranny. V For Vendetta explores man as the embodiment of an idea. Moore suggests that, to be V is to put aside one’s personal motives altogether and embody the ideals of anarchy. Many questions are raised: Can violence be a moral avenue under certain circumstances? Which circumstances? Who judges and defines them?

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