V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

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Bishop Anthony Lilliman Character Analysis

Bishop Anthony Lilliman is a hypocritical, highly corrupt clergyman who once served as a chaplain at Larkhill Prison. Since this time, Lilliman has ascended to be the Bishop of Westminster, where he delivers sermons that betray a racist, bloodthirsty mindset. It’s revealed that Lilliman, in addition to his bigotry and cruelty, is guilty of pedophilia. He regularly sends for child prostitutes—a fact that’s well known among government officials, and apparently condoned. As with V’s other victims, Bishop Lilliman’s fate is gruesomely appropriate: Evey pretends to be a prostitute and lets V into Lilliman’s house, where he kills Lilliman with a cyanide-laced wafer.
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Bishop Anthony Lilliman Character Timeline in V for Vendetta

The timeline below shows where the character Bishop Anthony Lilliman appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 6: The Vision
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...in December 20th, a large congregation assembles to listen to a bishop’s sermon. The bishop, Anthony Lilliman , praises God for sparing England from his punishment, and prays that God will keep... (full context)
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Anthony Lilliman stands in his room, accompanied by his servant, Dennis. He asks Dennis if his “young... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 8: The Valley
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...“Ear” headquarters, Heyer and his colleagues eavesdrop on conversations throughout London. They note darkly that Bishop Lilliman at Westminster likes to have a “children’s night” on Sunday. Heyer listens to recordings of... (full context)
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When Finch and his men arrive at Bishop Lilliman ’s home, it is the morning of December 21, 1997. Inside, they find another “V”... (full context)
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Finch tries to reconstruct what happened the night before. Bishop Lilliman was alone in his room with a prostitute—probably an accomplice of V’s, Finch guesses, since... (full context)
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Alone with Bishop Lilliman , V offered him the chance to take communion. V gave Bishop Lilliman a communion... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 4: Vestiges
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...that he’s taken drugs. Delia nods and points him toward two men, Lewis Prothero and Anthony Lilliman . They lead Finch into the depths of the camp, promising to fill him with... (full context)