In the graphic novel, V For Vendetta, the character V was created from experimentation in Larkhill. He does not change throughout the story. In the beginning of the novel, he saves a girl named Evey. She was taken to V’s library where she becomes his assistant. They both have similar views, and Evey agrees to V’s plan of revolting against the government. However, she does not support killing or acts of violence. V is a ruthless, masked character based on vengeance and is unafraid of killing or being killed. Evey is very naive. She has views against the government, but she chooses to be happy even though her dark past disturbs her. V did not want to influence the public, but upon meeting Evey, he was affected to change his mind. “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” (Moore, V For Vendetta Page Number Varies*) This makes perfect sense as Abraham Lincoln once said himself, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” The character V does not change, but he did become an idea. And ideas are bulletproof. This book also inspired many people in our real lives. Many people support this idea, but not all of them have the same, exact point of view. This was a connection I could identify while connecting this story to our world.
V wanted not just revenge, but to also bring down their current authorities and everything they stood for. He is an anarchist who pursues freedom. The novel is interpreted in so many ways. Most readers see the general idea, but I see much more. Symbolism is also present in the novel. The V symbol for example, was painted on the walls by V. I believe that the symbol means independence and freedom. V’s true identity was never revealed throughout the story. I think that this was to show that V was an idea, not a specific man.