V For Vendetta Discussion Questions

Instructor: Angela Janovsky

Angela has taught middle and high school English, Business English and Speech for nine years. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and has earned her teaching license.

Exploring the tale of V for Vendetta brings up many complicated themes and motifs. Use this resource to help guide discussion with and among your students for a unit on this story.

Revenge or Justice?

Revolution has played many different roles in the history of mankind. In V for Vendetta, revolution gets blurred with the ideas of revenge and justice.

In the fascist future Great Britain, Evey Hammond tackles these ideas while the mysterious V seeks out revolution on his own terms. Whether reading the graphic novel or watching the film version, this story brings up many complicated issues surrounding the role of government and the purpose of a vigilante. This resource outlines discussion questions you can use with your students for a unit on V for Vendetta.

Questions on Characters

  • Analyze Evey's character. What is she like at the beginning of the story? What has happened to her parents? How does V change her? How does she change within herself? Is she a totally different person at the end of the novel, or has she merely matured? Explain.
  • Who are the Fingermen? What is their purpose? What is the meaning of their name? Can you think of who they are similar to in modern society? What about throughout history?
  • Discuss the Chancellor. How is his character displayed? What makes him the bad guy? Is there anything about him that shows him to be like every other human being?
  • What does it mean to be a hero? What does it mean to be a villain? Which characters are heroes in this story? Which ones are villains? Explain.
  • Who is Eric Finch? What is his motivation in searching for V? He is a part of the fascist government, but would you call him a fascist? What makes him different from the Chancellor or Creedy? Is Finch morally right in trying to stop V?

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