V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

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At the beginning of the graphic novel, the Norsefire regime broadcasts information to its people, making use of the “Voice of Fate.” Lewis Prothero, a large man with a splendid, authoritative voice, is tasked with reading information about the country over the radio. Because of Norsefire’s propaganda, the people of England have come to believe that Prothero’s voice isn’t actually that of a man at all—it is, literally, the voice of the computer program that the government uses to keep tabs on its people. This is exactly what the Norsefire government intends: it wants the people of England to treat the Voice of Fate as infallible, a symbol of Norsefire’s boundless power and knowledge. After V kidnaps Prothero and drives him insane, Norsefire is forced to replace Prothero with a new, lackluster voice. Because Norsefire has lost a valuable symbol, the people of England begin to doubt the authority of their government.

Voice of Fate Quotes in V for Vendetta

The V for Vendetta quotes below all refer to the symbol of Voice of Fate. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vertigo edition of V for Vendetta published in 2005.
Book 3, Prologue Quotes

Uncaring fate? It is said there is no question that can be formulated that you cannot answer. Tell me this, then: Am I loved?

Related Characters: The Leader / Adam Susan (speaker)
Related Symbols: Voice of Fate
Page Number: 184
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, Adam Susan, the dictator of England, tries to communicate with the Fate Computer, the futuristic device that allows him to predict the weather, the economy, and other important aspects of the world. Susan--a control freak through and through--adores the Fate Computer because its control of reality is absolute: it predicts something, and then the prediction comes true, like clockwork.

Susan's unusual behavior in this scene is an early sign that he--and the government he leads--is cracking. In the past, Susan has seemed comfortable with his role as the dictator of the country. Now, we begin to see the truth: Susan is almost as miserable as the people he leads. (In the graphic novel, he's usually shown in dark, gloomy spaces that convey his sadness and loneliness.) Although Susan controls millions of people, there's not a single person who can love him as an individual. One could even say that Susan chooses to become a dictator because he's incapable of normal human love--his desire for control and power is Susan's approximation of interpersonal love.

In all, the passage makes the provocative that Susan, the "prison guard," is almost as much of a prisoner as his frightened, obedient subjects--he lives a miserable, lonely life.

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Voice of Fate Symbol Timeline in V for Vendetta

The timeline below shows where the symbol Voice of Fate appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 1: The Villain
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The novel begins with a voice, which announces itself as the “ Voice of Fate .” The voice explains that it is November 5, 1997. The voice echoes throughout London:... (full context)
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...team of media specialists discusses how to control the story of Parliament’s destruction. The “ Voice of Fate ” will explain that the building was demolished at night to avoid traffic congestion. One... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 2: The Voice
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On November 6, in the evening, Lewis Prothero, the Voice of Fate , is reading his messages over the radio, so that millions of Londoners will be... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 3: Victims
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...attacking his government’s credibility: with Lewis Prothero kidnapped, there will have to be a new Voice of Fate . This will be disastrous, because the people of London sincerely believe that the Voice... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 4: Vaudeville
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...have no choice but to put a different man in charge of reading the “ Voice of Fate .” Prothero’s replacement is clumsy, and slurs his words—and the people of London listen with... (full context)
Book 3, Prologue
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...a voice coming from the television screen: “Good evening London,” it says, “this is the Voice of Fate .” (full context)
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We see the “ Voice of Fate ” broadcasting in radios and televisions all over London. The voice announces that 400 years... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 1: Vox Populi
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...Leader sits in his room, contemplating how to control London without the help of the Voice of Fate . Mr. Creedy, who’s standing behind the Leader, points out that London has been quiet... (full context)