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Brian Rhorer Esther Bermann Lynda Haas Writing 39B 5 December 2007 Valorous Vengeance of V Vows Valiant Verdict “Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason and plot, I know of no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot,” the famous nursery rhyme begins. In the 2005 box office hit V for Vendetta (it earned $25.6 million its opening weekend, according to www.boxofficemojo.com), an unlikely hero emerges from the ashes and rubble of a broken and fascist society. The film, which is set in a time modeled after Britain under the rule of an oppressive totalitarian government and directly parallels Guy Fawkes’ 17 th century attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, uses these past events to paint a futuristic world filled with ruin and destruction. Young and naïve Evey Hammond somewhat accidentally falls into the hands of V, a “masked vigilante”, who wishes to teach Britain a lesson by recreating Fawkes’ explosive “Gunpowder Plot.” Through strategically planned acts of demonstrative violence and complex characters, writers Andy and Larry Wachowski, who wrote the universally successful The Matrix trilogy, weave evolving archetypes into a historically relevant film that entices rhetorically minded audiences to the screen. Since the movie's central plot revolves around the infamous Gunpowder Plot, it is important to understand the historical relevance of the story. Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of revolutionaries whose goal was to carry out what is known as the
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Gunpowder Plot. The aim of the plot was to obliterate the Houses of Parliament, in effect overthrowing the government by killing the king and the entire aristocracy. The said act was supposed to take place on November 5th, 1605. Unfortunately for Fawkes, his group's plans were foiled before they could be executed and Fawkes received most of the blame. In today's United Kingdom, people celebrate November fifth with an event called Bonfire Night. The festival centers on the use of fireworks and bonfires and represents the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot. While this historical back-story is highly relevant to the plot, it is the vibrant and well-crafted characters that make the movie all the more attractive to audiences. One of the most captivating aspects of this film is the hidden identity of the driving character, V. Played skillfully by Hugo Weaving ( Lord of the Rings , The Matrix ), his resonating voice and artfully executed body movements must make up for lack of facial expression, for V boasts a grinning Guy Fawkes’ mask throughout the entirety of the movie. Trained early on in his career by voice actors, Weaving projects his character’s cunning wit and controlled vengeance masterfully through his deep voice. His precise and sometimes slightly exaggerated body movements add a touch of
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course WRITING 39B taught by Professor Haas during the Fall '08 term at UC Irvine.

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