Evey Hammond as a Revolutionary in V for Vendetta Essay

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Alan Moore's graphic novel V for Vendetta is not only a call for revolution, but also an explanation of how such process should materialize. V, who transcends beyond a character and embodies the concept of revolution, establishes the procedure for social change. He understands that his role is to avenge and “make rubble” of injustice and corruption; however, true social reform must move beyond destruction and forge an improved society on the ruins of an oppressed past. Therefore, V adopts Evey Hammond, a young victim of the regime, as his protégée and educates her to guide society through the second stage of revolution: reconstruction. Evey's character embodies the stages of revolution, preeminently reconstruction. Through her, Moore …show more content…
He reminds her of her haunting and painful childhood and encourages her not to run away from it. In fact, learning to embrace it will is “the most important moment of [her] life” (170). Once she unveiled the political oppression which had defined her, “the door of [her] cage [was] open[ed]”(171). Through this new found freedom, she is able to take the responsibility of her existence and assume her role in the revolution. As V's life is about to end, he commands Evey to “discover whose face lies behind this mask, but [she] must never know [his] face”(245). The last step in Evey's education is understanding her duty to take action against government brutality and despotism; in fact, it is her responsibility to rise and guide her people through the empowerment which derives from political and social awareness. As she assumes V's identity, she accepts this task, internalizing a revolution that she will help create and forward. However, she recognizes that her role is divergent to her mentor's role. She claims, “I will not lead them, but I will help them build, help them create where I will not help them kill. The age of the killers is no more. They have no place within our better world” (260). Where the first V destroyed, she will create; where he made rubble, she will grow roses. Each, Evey and her mentor, illustrate one of two necessary steps in revolution. Her mentor is an ideal

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