Larisa Isabel Enríquez Betancourt
Professor: Larry Goldsmith
1 April 2011
Motivation and its outcome in V for Vendetta and 1984
Both 1984 and V for Vendetta have dystopian, totalitarian, and utilitarian governments. 1984 seems to be against utilitarianism and makes us realize that survival is not the only thing that motivates people, and therefore utilitarian organizations are flawed because they lack an ultimate purpose. V for Vendetta on the other hand, explores the same topic in a different way by personifying that ‘other motivation,’ such as our need for art, general things that have a different purpose than simply our quest for survival. It was more of a portrait of ...view middle of the document...
Winston finds out about three citizens, Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford who had been erased from any history record, but he is completely sure that they had once existed. Since the government watches every single move of their people, fear is instilled in the population. This fear is felt by Winston since the moment he decides to write a diary where he could express everything he thought. The fear of committing thoughtcrime is the first step to commit thoughtcrime, and Winston clearly shows his fear in the way he acts: writing stealthily, giving his back to the telescreen. In 1984 everything that is forbidden is what moves Winston wants to rebel against the regime: his hate for the Party, along with his thirst to test its limits, his love-sex affair with Julia, his desire of joining Emmanuel Goldstein’s brotherhood, and the fact that he commits thoughtcrime. ?? Even though Winston has a strong personality, it is fear that stops him from overthrowing the Party and in the end it is just his survival instinct what makes him resist the power, “If you can FEEL that staying human is worth while, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them.”(136) Nevertheless, this inherent motivation is not enough to overthrow the government. Winston fails to survive in terms of staying true to his beliefs and ends up becoming one more follower of Big Brother.
The character of V was victim of the government’s oppression. Along with many others, he was taken into prison and was used for the development of biological weapons. However, he managed to survive, becoming strong in order to rise up against London’s oppressive government
and kill its leaders one by one. V is a strong character who does not only focus all his attention and energy in surviving or creating a perfect plan to destroy the government. Since he was tortured, he learned to overcome his fear toward death and enjoys life in many ways. His passion for art is depicted in different elements shown in the movie such as: his choice of Tchaicovsky’s 1812 Overture, as the background music of his well accomplished blowing of the Old Bailey, the reference to The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas; V cites the 1934 version as his favourite film and mimics some of the swordplay while watching. Also, V’s admiration for Guy Fawkes, who in 1605, attempted to blow the Houses of Parliament and who is his main inspiration to overthrow the government. These, along with the display of piles of books and such weird figures which V collects to decorate his home, are some of the most...