The other evening I decided to watch “V for Vendetta” and admit that I was more enchanted once again by the exquisite use of the English language used by our hero, V rather than with the story of the movie (based on the 1988 Vertigo Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd) Here is just one of his first soliloquies,his introduction of himself to Evey.
Here is the extract of this first introductory speech given by V to Evey:
Evey: Who are you?
V. : Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey: Well I can see that.
V. : Of course you can, I’m not questioning your powers of observation, I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey: Oh, right.
V. : But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace soubriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.
Evey: Are you like a crazy person?
V. : I’m quite sure they will say so.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I know of no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…
I’ve watched this film several times, and though I admit I’d not want to take up arms as V or Evey have done, I wonder; in the face of the tyranny described in the world in the story … would it be right to sit back and allow freedom to be trampled upon so that we might feel safe. I don’t think it likely we’ll have to face quite a dictatorship again (oh so very Hitleriana). I’m more inclined to think we’ll find ourselves in a Huxleyan distopia or one of its variations as we are manipulated by social networks into a virtual corner … but one never knows. One thing we may be sure of though is, that history has shown us, time and again, that tyranny is the most common form of human government. I’ve seen nothing to reassure me that that has changed so sooner or later it will be so again and what will we do?