V vs. Edward Murrow
V's Call to Action
During V's speech to the citizens living in the UK, he states his opinions of the government and shares that not everybody is aware of the corruption and oppression brought upon them, but he offers an escape to those who feel like something isn't right the next fifth of November. He starts his speech off by relating himself to the people he is talking to. He shares that “the security of the familiar and the tranquility of repetition” gives everybody, even him, enjoyment which is important because the government has posed him as a terrorist. He then moves on by shining a light onto the fact that the government is restricting their freedom of speech and they don’t want him sharing his thoughts and are probably on their way to kill him. He is connecting with his audience, so then they might listen to what he wants them to do. He knows the truth about the government and he also knows that there are more people who think the same way that he does, but they are just too scared to stand up and state their thoughts, in fear that they will be punished. He is giving them a way out. He tells them that they are no alone in thinking there is something wrong with their society. On November the fifth they have the opportunity to overcome the oppression and gain their freedom back.
Murrow's Call to Action
Similarities and Differences
Although these speeches have many factors that are similar, they also have a lot of differences, one of them being their target audiences. V has obviously taken every precaution to make sure that every citizen would hear his message, even the government officials while Murrow is targeting the news and the people who choose what is aired. They also have different topics which means that they have different solutions. V chooses violence to solve his problem. He wants people to get together and blow up the parliament building to get revenge on the government for what they did to him and so many others. Murrow knows that the only way to have change is if there is a change of heart to those who are in charge of the tv and radio industries. It is their decision on what is aired and if they don't agree with him then they can choose not to do anything.