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posted 12/1/2007 12:55:43 PM

Number 5 and letter V

There are numerous references throughout V for Vendetta (both potentially intentional or unintentional) to the number 5 and letter V, which is itself "5" in Roman numerals:

* When V is shot, he leaves a trail of blood on the wall as he falls; in the shape of a letter V.

* Valerie's letter has 5 pages.

* The title "V for Vendetta" contains 5 syllables.

* The title of each chapter begins with the letter V.

* The character V is seen reading and quoting from Thomas Pynchon's novel, V.

* Beethoven's fifth symphony is used in the book and noted for the prominent use of three short notes and one long, which is the Morse Code identifier for the letter V. This code was used as a call sign by the BBC during World War II, most famously in the sense of V for Victory. [It is worth noting that the telegraph and Morse code were not invented until after Beethoven's death and well after composition of Symphony 5 hence any connection between Beethoven's theme and the letter V is serendipitous but entirely coincidental. Unless the developers of Morse Code liked Beethoven.]

* Evey's name is composed of "E" (the fifth letter of the alphabet), "V" (5 in Roman numerals, and the fifth letter from the end of the alphabet), and "Y" (25th letter of the alphabet, or 5 squared). The woman who dies in the cell next to that of V at Larkhill is named Valerie Page.

* In the original comic, V leaves a violet carson after he kills someone.

* The publisher is Vertigo-which begins with a V

* V is eventually identified as the prisoner from Room 5 at Larkhill Internment Camp. The five doors are labeled with Roman numerals, so Room 5 is emblazoned with a "V". The number 5, when converted to binary numerals, is 101 (a possible allusion to the infamous torture room 101 in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, which has 5 syllables).

* V's hideout is accessed from the closed Victoria tube station, the damaged sign of which resembles a sideways V when Finch locates it.

* V's personal motto consists of the Latin phrase Vi Veri Universum Vivus Vici (By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe), which in turn consists of five words that begin with the letter V ("U" is written as "V" in Latin). Aleister Crowley also used the phrase as one of his personal mottos, a fact that appears in Alan Moore's later book Promethea. But V mentions only the origin of the phrase in Faust.

* November is the only month in the Gregorian calendar with the letter V in it.

* As Evey appears to give her speech to the public after she has assumed the identity of V, the visual angle of the frame causes a V to be formed between the edges of the building she is standing on and the building behind her.

* The government consists of the five branches which are identified with the five senses

* At Larkhill, V is injected with Batch "5", or in Roman numerals, Batch "V"

* In the graphic novel, V prepares his revenge for 5 years, but this was changed to twenty years in the film version

* Evey's birthday is at September,so her zodiac sign is probably Virgo which starts with V.

* Guy Fawkes Day happens on November 5

* "Shadow Gallery", V's hideout, is five syllables

* Codename V's Last word, at the end of the novel, starts with a V.

* November the 5th or 5th of November has 5 syllables.

* Much of V's dialogue is in Iambic Pentameter.


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