Join in the Freedom Fight with the V For Vendetta Speech

Sunday, October 16 by Raina Lorring

The “V for Vendetta” speech given by the mysterious character known only as V (Hugo Weaving) was one of the best parts of the film. “V for Vendetta" is a 2006 dystopian thriller based off of a comic book series of the same name. Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea and John Hurt also star in "V for Vendetta".

"V for Vendetta" is set in a near-future London where society is very much controlled by the government. V is a freedom fighter, who uses the 400th anniversary  of Guy Fawkes Day, as the time to break into a TV station and make his speech that ask his country man to stand against the tyranny with him. Guy Fawkes day is a day observed in England when a freedom fighter, who was in a plot to over through the king, was discovered. "V for Vendetta" is an inspiring movie and the speech delivered by V will give you chills.

V’s TV broadcast to his countrymen: “Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption.I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine — the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, are celebrated with a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than 400 years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remai unknown to you then I would suggest that you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.”

This speech is a tense moment in "V for Vendetta". It is a powerful speech. "V for Vendetta" might make you want to sport a Guy Fawkes mask and stand against the tyranny with V.

– Raina Lorring

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