Is V a terrorist or a Revolutionary? Essay
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V is argued to be a revolutionary or a terrorist by the viewer. Throughout the movie, one would argue as to what V is, and the audience would come up with multiple conclusions about the mysterious hero/villain. Is V oppressing his political thoughts on others like a terrorist or is he simply the only person who dares to go against the government and risk his life for the freedom of the people? How does V relate to the historical revolutionary Guy Fawkes, in which V was trying to portray with his mask in the first place?
The definition of a terrorist/terrorism is politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, according to the U.
S Law. People who argue that V is a terrorist would say that V fits that criteria and that he is indeed inflicting terror and violence against civilians. V blew up populated buildings and killed many civilians, including innocent policemen.
V also believes his political views are correct and his opinion is the only way to see things, he murdered and tortured a multiple of individuals and brutally attempts to instill his views in people’s minds. This is all evidence that proves V is indeed a terrorist. This is only one way to view V’s action throughout the movie. A revolutionary differs greatly from a terrorist. A Revolutionary is someone who acts alone or with others to change the form of government or society or an economy (or in fact any social institution) by sudden, extra – legal means.
I personally believe violence can indeed be used for good and a revolution sometimes must be violent in order to be successful depending on how the government reacts with its citizen’s views. V only targeted the necessary victims; he did not intentionally and randomly kill innocent individuals. Most terrorists would have targeted the most populated areas and would have wanted to cause maximum damage to society. The viewer begins to learn that V sees riots and chaos as a necessary part of the revolution process and feels it must happen in order to achieve what he wants.
On the other hand it is what V wants, he chose this process, is this fair to cause chaos and havoc to other people’s society to achieve what he himself wants? V highly compares to Guy Fawkes and these two revolutionary men have many similarities. V wears a Guy Fawkes mask in the movie, which is evidence that he sees himself as a revolutionary and nothing else. Firstly, both men risked their lives in order to create a better society, both used the blowing up method , what was blow up was the parliament or the building that was the symbol of the government.