V For Vendetta

Mihara Sanchez

V vs. Murrow

In the movie V for Vendetta, V’s speech was purposeful because it led his audience to take action in order to gain change in their society . The base of V’s argument revolves around trying to persuade the citizens to see the wrongdoings of the government. V educates his audience about the government in order to get them to seek change in their conformed society. V tries to get the citizens to realize that they do not need to sit silently while the government takes over everyone’s everyday life. V’s tone and choice of words during the speech led his audience to feel a connection to everything that he was saying. This connection felt by the audience then led them to support V’s claim. During the speech V states, "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." V demonstrates that the government completely controls the society while hiding certain aspects from their citizens. The real “truth” is never informed to the citizens. Throughout the speech, V tries to open the eyes of their audience in order to get them to come together and protest against the conformed government.

On the other hand, Murrow's speech is more directed on trying to persuade the audience to make the right choice in order to be in tune with reality.. Murrow states, "But unless we get off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late." Murrow wants the citizens to focus more on current events rather than daily pastime shows. He fears the outcome of society if people are too distracted by mainstream television to be in tune with reality. Murrow also wants the citizens to make a difference in society, but in order to do that they must focus on the right priorities.

The diversity between these two speeches comes down to the idea of violence. V promoted violence yet Murrow did not. V was already a violent person to begin with so violence was promoted by him while also persuading the audience to protest against the conformed government. V mentions to the citizens that they should give them (the government) a November the 5th they will never forget. This day will be unforgettable because of all the blowing up and exploding that will happen. Even though violence is looked at in a negative way, in this case it was for a good cause in order to protest against the Dystopian ways of the government. Many citizens didn’t realize the danger in the reality of the conformed society until V’s speech was delivered, it is always important to be aware in order to make a change. On the other hand, Murrow was a bit more mellow as he wanted the society to be aware of what reality was. As stated before, an important quote in Murrow’s speech says “But unless we get off our flat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.” Murrow mentions this because instead of wasting time watching entertainment media on television, he wanted citizens to use their time more wisely while watching current events on the news around the world. He tries to make it clear that it is important to live educated and not go through life being unaware of reality. Murrow desired the citizens of society to choose the right decision by spending their time being aware on important news “that may well determine the future of this country. “

Both speeches and both figures were trying to get the population to seek a change and take action in order to help their society. Most people will lay low and let the issues of life pass them by because that is the easier choice rather than trying to make a change in the world that they live in. V and Murrow encourage their audience to be more aware of their surroundings. Both figures know that once the truth comes out and the correct decisions are made, their society will prosper and become more successful. They both wanted their audience to be a part in making their world a better place. During Murrow’s speech he says, “If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge, and retribution will not limp in catching up with us.” Both figures agree that people should make the right decision and make the right actions if they want to have a successful society.

V warns us to be aware of conformities and the dangers of letting things pass without trying to do something about them. He wants us to make sure we are always hearing the full story of everything that goes on in our society. V also wants us to make sure that we are never kept from being 100% informed. V wants to make sure that we do not turn into a dystopian society since conformity can be a very negative thing. On the other hand, Murrow warns us about how we as a society should try to focus on the right priorities. He wants us to be aware of our surroundings in order for us to be able to make a difference in our world.