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I remember reading V for Vendetta sometime during my senior year of college. I don't remember much of it, I don't even remember HOW I got my hands on a copy, but I do remember the sense of discord, anarchy, and fear. I was left with a wonderful story though, and a headache from reading it too fast (note: never read anything by Alan Moore at a fast pace. It will result in your head exploding with beautiful pain).

On Saturday, my brother Erik and I went to go see V for Vendetta. I had gotten some mixed reviews, so I didn't know exactly what I was getting myself into.

I love this movie, and will see it many times.

I believe in balance and I believe Hawthorne was right when he said that utopias cannot exist for they deny human nature. I also believe stories like these exist so that they will remain just that - stories. And I believe that this movie had one of the best endings of any movie I've seen in a long time, and I will tell you why. V knew that if he pulled that lever he would be just as bad as the restrictive government. He told Evie that the world he hoped to reset would not be a world he would be a part of, so he could not justifiably pull that lever. If he did, he would be forcing a choice on the people, he would be forcing their lives just like the goverentment was. That is why he was good. That's what made him different.

Emerson said in Compensation "Treat men as pawns and ninepins and you shall suffer as well as they." V could have easily used the people just as the government did, and for a while he skated a very thin line, and it is arguable that he did this purely out of his own anger at what they did to him. But when it came down to it - when it came to the very last domino - he stopped, and gave the choice to the people who would have to live with the world after.

And what of that world? There were no answers, in either the graphic novel or the movie, and that is the way it is in life. No matter what, oppressive governments will come into power, buttons will reset, things will swing back and forth in the unending pendulum movement that is this chaotic world. The utopias we so want and desire end up being half lives - we give something up. To be totally free, we need to accept the responsibility that bad things can and sometimes do happen. It's hard to accept that. We want the safety and we want the knowledge that yes - the good guys won, the bad guys lost, but we don't always get that.

But we have our hope. And we have these stories so that they will remain only that. Stories. And we have the knoweldge that we can do more and be more than simply ninepins.
 
 
 
 
 
 
:: claps:: bravo...bravo
I couldn't have put it better myself!
random! i sent you an email about your TUBS posting. Eerrr wait, now you've insight to all my qualms about the current job, oh no! ha ha.