Examine how Winston is similar to V in V For Vendetta

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Winston in 1984 and V in V for Vendetta exist as subversive protagonists in totalitarian dystopias. In George Orwell’s novel, Winston starts as a member of the Ministry of Truth, so he is a participant in the state’s actions to rewrite history and control thought. His opposition to the state exists in secret at first; he knows that he is a “thoughtcriminal” and that he will eventually be apprehended. He uses this position to his advantage to subvert in plain sight. On the other hand, V is introduced from the beginning of the plot as an open revolutionary, donning his Guy Fawkes mask as a symbol. In this case, both characters know they are criminals and work toward regime change at the risk of their lives.

Both characters understand the power that media plays as a means to control the people. While Winston’s career shows him first-hand how the state operates, V also recognizes the role of media and uses it to his advantage when he hijacks the British Television Network's broadcast to...

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