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Yes, the graphic novel series V for Vendetta by Alan Moore is very much like the novel 1984 by George Orwell.
- Both works are Juvenalian satires against totalitarian governments, namely the controlling parties (the Norsefire party vs. the Inner Party).
- Both works focus on the cruelties perpetrated by the secret police.
- Both works focus on the fear spread by a leader's intimidating, ubiquitous face: (Adam Susan vs. Big Brother)
- Both works focus on the spread of state terrorism against the common public.
- Both works focus on Great Britain as a country in the crossfire of terrorism from within and outside.
- Both works focus on a common man (Winston) and woman (Evey) who become victims of the state's cruelties.
- Both works focus on the invasion of privacy by the state against the individual ("Eye" — the agency that controls the country's CCTV system in V; the telescreens in 1984.)
- Both works focus on rhymes as links to the past:
In V, it's: "Remember, remember / The fifth of November / The gunpowder treason and plot. / I know of no reason / Why the gunpowder treason / Should ever be forgot."
In 1984, it's: "Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St Clement's, You owe me three farthings, say the bells of St Martin's."
- Both works focus on the torture of their protagonists by an experienced terrorist (V, O'Brien).
- The main difference is that in V for Vendetta is revenge fantasy. In it, we have a hero, V, who guides Evey to defeat the state.
- V tortures Evey as an initiation into the underground, and it makes her stronger. O'Brien uses the imaginary underground (Goldstein) as a lure to torture Winston, and it defeats him.
- 1984 ends with Winston becoming an unperson: he has no mentor or guide. In fact, who he thinks is his guide, O'Brien, turns out to be his torturer.
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