Best Dialogues from V for Vendetta and their meanings and Quotations

: Die! Die! Why won't you die?... Why won't you die?
V: Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.”

V for Vendetta is one of my favourite movies and I thought I’d put up a collection of good quotes from it. The Quotes are taken from IMDB Memorable Quotes, thanks to IMDB.

The glory of an Idea!
Evey Hammond: [voiceover] Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot. But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But who was he really? What was he like? We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world. I've witnessed first-hand the power of ideas, I've seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them... but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it... ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love... And it is not an idea that I miss, it is a man... A man that made me remember the Fifth of November. A man that I will never forget. 

The Introduction of V
Evey Hammond: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask. 
Evey Hammond: Well I can see that. 
V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation; I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is. 
EveyHammond: Oh. Right. 
V: But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. 
V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V. 

Quoting Polonius from Shakespeare's Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1
Baldy Fingerman: Jesus Christ! Mercy!
V: We're oft to blame, and this is too much proved, that with devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar on the devil himself.
Baldy Fingerman: What does that mean?
V: Spare the Rod. 

Meaning: By acting slowly, softly and wishing to do something and praying instead of acting; we are automatically helping the metaphorical devil to perform better against us. V strikes the fingerman after saying this quote.

On the encounter with the reverend (quoting Shakespeare's Richard III, Act I Scene 3)
V: And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With old odd ends stolen forth from holy writ/And seem a saint when most I play the devil. 

This one happens right after the spectacular fighting scene after several rounds of gun fire are fired onto V – definitely checkout this video
Creedy: Die! Die! Why won't you die?... Why won't you die?
V: Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. 

When Evey is about to be raped, V interrupts the three Fingermen and quotes from Macbeth Act I Scene 2
V: The multiplying villainies of nature do swarm upon him.

PS: If there is anything I’ve missed, let me know ;)


Anonymous said…
While the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power.
Words offer the means to meaning, and, for those who will listen, the ennunciation of truth.

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