V having full individuality and can only

            V for
Vendetta, was 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 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 freedom
is having full individuality and can only be achieved when order is abolished.


            In chapter
five of the first third of the book, the theme of individual liberty is addressed
by two sides, by both 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 utters 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. Anarchy means the
lack of a government, which means there is no one to lie and make promises for
the sake of anarchy. On the other hand, when the reader gets formally
introduced to the dictator, Adam Susan, Susan gives a full speech of his goals
and ideals. Susan states multiple times within this speech that he does not
believe in individual freedom or liberty, such as in this quote: “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 people,

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            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 his life. “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.