V for Vendetta

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The film V for Vendetta directed by Jimmy McTeigue presents a negative view of society and humanity; he portrays society as being repressive, cruel and creates a feeling of discontent. This is done through setting, using techniques such as lighting, dialogue, propaganda and technology. As a result the audience feels trapped by the unpleasant world of V for Vendetta and thus this creates a negative view on society. McTeigue has subtly used lighting as a technique to create a feeling of oppressiveness and establish the power that the party exerts on the public. In the scene where we witness Sutler addressing the party leaders after V has destroyed the Old Bailey, we are confronted with just the lit up faces of the leaders and darkness in the background. This use of lighting foreshadows the party’s temperament and mood towards the people. This is because we only see the faces we are made to cower in front of them and acknowledge the absolute power they attain. As a result this creates discontent and hatred towards the Government and Party. These feelings towards a Government often occur in today’s society and the portrayal of this in V for Vendetta emphasises the discontent to the audience and presents us with a negative view on society as a whole; as it relates to people like Mugabe and his Government who control by fear and intimidation and are the centre of discontent. An extremely effective technique McTeigue used to present a negative view on society is dialogue. After the V destroys the Old Bailey the media report that the building was actually demolished for structural reasons. While watching this report on TV Evey’s co-worker exclaims, “Do you believe that load of bollocks?” This illustrates the unhappiness within the masses and the discontent they hold. Another example is a quote from Dascomb, “Our job is to report the news, not fabricate it... That's

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