A Very Vehement Vendetta

Commonly referred to as the “V-Speech” or “V-Monologue”, V in V for Vendetta professes his raison d’etre through an articulate work of alliteration to a woman he just saved from being assaulted. This speech performed by a masked man as an informal improvisation serves as the foundation for the speech’s effectiveness. The speaker being a masked man intentionally sways the audience away from who he is, but rather what the speaker is saying. One of the main quotes from the movie even goes so far to elucidate,

V:Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.

This further shows the speaker’s intention with wearing the mask was to bring focus to his central dogmas. In addition to anonymity, the speaker uses exaggerated, one may even say excessive, amounts of alliteration in his speech. The emphasis being the letter V seeks to highlight not only his intellectual capabilities, giving him a positive ethos, but also his name, V, and his vendetta as a whole. 

The context and mood of the scene also play a major role in the speech. The speech being given at the very beginning of the movie, this being the first introduction of the character V, and it being such a well written speech in a very spontaneous situation seeks to invoke an inquisitive response within the audience as to why the masked man had such a well thought out message. 

Lastly, the speaker speaking with strong intent, it being the profession of a personal vendetta, plays on the audience’s pathos. A speaker, in general, showing strong interest and knowledge over their subject, and therefore speech, lends themself as a more credible figure. This is shown through V slicing through his speech with great intensity and without error.

The V-Speech serves as a paradigmatic, and slightly exaggerated, example of alliteration used effectively in a speech. Not is it a marvel to listen to, but it shows the effectiveness of vocal inflection, speaking without error, using academic wording, and a strong message.


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