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            V for Vendetta, published in
1990 by Alan Moore, is a graphic novel set in a future version of England taken
over by fascism. The fascism in the book is similar in cruelty to Nazi Germany
in World War II, with the dictator, Adam Susan, using all of his power to
oppress everyone in the country, such as installing concentration camps. It
takes for one individual, called V, to rebel against the government for the sake
of freedom and anarchy; having control over one’s own decisions without a
government telling them otherwise. V commits serious acts of terror against the
fascist government so everyone can live free of an oppressive rule. The novel,
V for Vendetta suggests that government cannot provide freedom, and that
freedom can only be achieved when government ceases to exist.


            Firstly, in chapter five of the
first third of the book, the theme of individual liberty is addressed by two
sides, by V and the Norsefire party. V talks to the statue of liberty, or Madam
Justice as V calls it, and essentially talks to himself. Within this talk, V
states that he does not believe in liberty, and decides to follow anarchy as he
says this quote in his talk to the statue of liberty: “She has taught me that justice
is meaningless without freedom. She is honest, she makes no promises and breaks
none.” (Moore, 1990, 41). The message this quote is trying to convey is
that politicians often make promises in their political campaigns, often
pertaining to giving their citizens more rights, more freedom and justice. So when
they get elected, they forget what they say during their political campaign and
thus no progress for freedom happens. Since anarchy means the lack of a
government, which means that there is no one to lie and make promises for the
sake of anarchy.

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            Secondly, the government is only
able to restrict freedom. When the reader gets formally introduced to the
dictator, Adam Susan, Susan gives a full speech of his goals and ideals. In
this speech, Adam Susan explicitly states multiple times within this speech
that he does not believe in individual freedom, such as in this quote: “I will not
hear talk about freedom, I will not hear talk about individual liberty. They
are luxuries, I do not believe in luxuries” (Moore, 1990, 37).  Here, Adam Susan does not believe that
people should be able to live with a luxurious lifestyle. This is because “The war put
the paid on luxury. The war put paid on freedom.” (Moore, 1990, 37), and
because of the war, the luxury of freedom is unaffordable. As such, Adam Susan
states that: “The only freedom left to my people is the freedom to starve, the freedom
to die, the freedom to live in a world of chaos. Should I allow them that
freedom? I think not. I think not.” (Moore, 1990, 38). This quote in
particular shows how restrictive Adam Susan is for the sake of protecting his


            Lastly, freedom can be acquired when
one leaves the area of centered oppression, as shown with Eric Finch. Eric
Finch is a recurring character within the novel, being a police officer for the
Norsefire government who often investigates terrorist acts V has committed
throughout the book. In the last third of the book, Finch drives off to a
concentration camp in search of V and decides to intake LSD. After taking in
the drug, he starts hallucinating and then realizes how much he doesn’t like
his job, and starts questioning himself. “We treated you so badly, all the hateful
things he printed, did, and said…but please. Please don’t despise us” (Moore,
1990, 213). Finch starts hallucinating about the friends he had, and he
realizes how badly the Norsefire party and the police treated them just cause
of their sexuality and takes the blame for it. Finch starts questioning even
more, and says: “I look at this pattern, but where are the answers? Who imprisoned me
here? Who keeps me here? Who can release me? Who’s controlling and constraining
my life, except…me? I…I’m free. (Moore, 1990, 215). This is when Finch starts
to abandon the police force after realizing how badly they treat the people in
the country and now only works for himself, free to do whatever he wants. This
moment signifies the freedom found when there is no law to constrict an
individual’s actions.