From Wilting Flower to Revolutionary: A “Vendetta” Against Feminine Expression

by Savannah Thompson
English, Women's Studies
Faculty advisor: Dr. Annamaria Formichella-Elsden

The graphic novel and subsequent film entitled V for Vendetta have been heralded as powerful commentaries on political power and totalitarian government. In my paper, “From Wilting Flower to Revolutionary: A Vendetta Against Feminine Expression,” I argue that these pieces of popular culture also speak volumes about gender and its interchangeability. Though both works illustrate gender performance, I will show how they still argue that traditional masculinity is superior to behaviors that have been coded feminine. By examining the portrayals of several women who appear in the novel and film, I will illustrate how the works show a forceful revocation of gender which does not ultimately liberate the characters from the limitations of gender stereotypes.