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The Outlaw Messiah in V For Vendetta

Student Kelly Fauth
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. Terrence Lindvall
Department Communication
Course Christian Theology and Film

Abstract

Christ figures are often subtly placed in many modern day movies. While the 2006 futuristic film V for Vendetta is not usually viewed as a religious film, it invites serious consideration as a religious tract. One main focus of the film is the representation of the main character V as a Christ figure or rather, as an atypical Christ figure. The stereotypical Christ figure comes from mysterious origins and attracts a group of followers as they live. The figure does not conform to general society and becomes a martyr as a result of his or her rebellion. V however is not the typical Christ figure; he is instead a Modernist, non-biblical figure. V stands as the embodiment of Lloyd Baugh’s Outlaw Messiah. The Outlaw Messiah is a flawed representation of the typical Christ figure. While not the exact opposite of the Christ figure, the Outlaw Messiah polarizes the Christ figures qualities. He still has some Christ like traits but conversely, he seeks vengeance, lacks innocence, and refuses to forgive his enemies. The Outlaw Messiah represents violence and thus the general society rejects him and his ideals. The following article focuses on the visual representation of V as a flawed and fallen Christ figure in the film V for Vendetta. Another main focus of the film is a discussion on Stone’s two forms of redemption. Two types of redemption the film illustrates well include the redemption of time and redemption of the body. The film portrays both types of redemption through the characters of V and Evey. The influence of the historical Guy Fawkes is evident within the film. V himself wears a Guy Fawkes mask throughout the entire film as a salute to the old rebels who influenced V’s own actions on the British government.

 

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