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Unless you’ve been living under a beautiful, blissful rock, you know George Orwell all too well. 1984 and the seminal work of Alan Moore V for Vendetta. But they could be one and the same thing, according to one theory.
1984 has been a staple of modern political discourse in the Internet age, while V for VendettaThe iconic masked vigilante from has become a symbol of anarchy and revolution. Both plays are heavily inspired by the bleak political landscape of post-war Britain, but with Moore’s very explicit commentary on Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.
Importantly, both have been made into live-action movies, and even better, they both star the late John Hurt but in drastically different roles. This connection establishes perfectly V for Vendetta as a kind of sequel to 1984, hold a theory.
However, there are some glaring flaws with such a theory, mostly related to the important background and lore of the universes. The non-existence of NATO in 1984 but the existence in V for Vendettaas well as the non-existence of “Great Britain” in 1984 challenge this.
The idea is more likely to stem from the writer Moore’s clear enjoyment of 1984 as a warning, as well as the gist of being a staple of British dystopian fiction in particular. It hurts to become the big bad in V for Vendetta After his experiences in 1984 it would also greatly betray his character arc.
Regardless, both are hugely influential works of fiction and have remained buried in the public consciousness, proving just how effective they are. v for saleetta is available to stream on HBO Max.