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Pryor 1 Miranda Pryor Eng 1101 G5 John Wells V for Vendetta , a political satire Everyone will remember the September 11 th tragedy not only because of the lives it decimated but also because of the changes that followed. National security and the war on terror are still the most discussed political topics. Measures for improving national security, like requiring national identification cards, have been suggested. Legalizing wire-tapping without a court order and permitting torture on those who are suspected of terrorism are legislations being supported today. The government believes that these measures will keep the American people safe, but is this a false safety? These issues caused the release of V for Vendetta , a political satire that focuses on fascism and illustrates how the American people feel about the consolidation of power after a crisis. V for Vendetta illustrates these feelings by having a crisis that causes a government to gain absolute control and creates a dystopian or anti-utopian society where the people are controlled by fear. Eventually a single person who calls himself V breaks free from this tyranny to liberate the society. While V for Vendetta does fit in the genre of a dystopian political satire, it also has criteria all of its own and relates to society today. It all begins with a major crisis much like 9/11. Instead of the culprits being terrorists, they are the victims’ own countrymen. The government of this society devises a disease, as V states, “a virus - imagine the worst kind of disease you can think of, and then imagine that you and you alone have the cure.” This government produces the virus and finds the cure by testing it on people in detention centers that are much like the
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Pryor 2 interment camps during the Holocaust. They release the virus into the population and watch thousands die. These deaths cause confusion, rioting, and ultimate chaos. Some initially believe that it is the government’s doing, but they are detained or killed. A prominent politician takes advantage of the people’s weakness by promising change if the citizens support him. After this politician, Adam Sutler, wins the election, the cure is produced and the outbreak is blamed on a radical religious group. People fear for their lives, so they put all their faith in the government even though the politicians are guided by lies and greed. Meanwhile, the politicians profit from the entire venture, gaining both support and capital from the cure. The government easily takes advantage of the people’s desperation after this crisis in order to gain absolute control. The politicians who release the cure become the leaders of this new government. They have both the money and the support from the people to become prominent leaders. Since the government took care of dissidents early on, it has no opposition. All the politicians have to do is assert their power; they are followed with no questions asked since they promise safety. This protection supposedly comes from solidarity. The new politician’s motto illustrates this thirst for control, “Strength through
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