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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

MLM: V for Vendetta. 

For all its little mistakes, the generally enjoyable film adaptation of V for Vendetta gets one thing wrong: it makes V a hero.

Here’s the thing about V: He is not human. He is not a person. He doesn’t have a real name, or a real face, or a past. He is a wraith, a person whose sense of identity is obliterated, one who willingly turns himself into a symbol around which people can (feasibly) rally. That V opposes a totalitarian government allows a simple reading of the text. Most people, fed simple stories with simple moral grounds all their lives, believe that if someone opposes an evil force, that someone must necessarily be good.

These people are wrong.

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