V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

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The central theme of V for Vendetta is freedom and its relationship with anarchy, or the absence of government. V describes himself as an anarchist (as does Alan Moore, the author) — one who believes that all governmental authority is corrupt because it infringes on human freedom. V’s actions, and thus, the plot of the graphic novel, reflect his commitment to freedom.

It’s clear from the start that the fictional Norsefire government of England in V for Vendetta is guilty of restricting human freedom. We see some of the ways Norsefire does this: forbidding people from reading what they want to read, throwing people in jail simply because of their sexual orientation or skin color, and sending the elderly to gas chambers to die. It’s no coincidence that the radio broadcasting system use by Norsefire is called the “Voice of Fate”—Fate is, after all, the opposite of freedom.

Evey Hammond and V, the two main characters of V for Vendetta, despise the Norsefire government—as Evey puts it succinctly, “We shouldn’t have to live like this.” But if Evey objects to Norsefire’s tyranny, how does she want to live? What would a “free” society, as understood by Evey and V, look like?

While it’s impossible to answer this question in just a few sentences, one relevant distinction that Moore makes is the distinction between “freedom to … ” and “freedom from...” The “freedom to …” model suggests that freedom is, simply put, a matter of doing whatever one wants—living in the land of “do-as-you-please,” as V puts it. The “freedom from…” model suggests that freedom isn’t just a matter of doing what you want—freedom also involves freeing oneself from ignorance, weakness, etc. This requires education, discipline, and hard work.

Over the course of V for Vendetta, it becomes increasingly clear that Moore favors the “freedom from…” model of freedom. It’s not enough to simply release people from their servitude to a government—this becomes apparent when V shuts down government institutions for three days, and enormous, bloody riots break out throughout England. True freedom, V maintains, takes hard work. (To quote an old tautology, freedom is not free.) People need to free themselves from the prisons of their governments, but also the prisons of their own minds. This helps to explain why V is constantly reading, studying, and learning. More disconcertingly, it helps us understand why V kidnaps Evey and tortures her for weeks. V wants to “free” Evey from the weakness of her own desire for happiness—“happiness,” as he later says, “is the most insidious prison of all.”

At the end of V for Vendetta, London is still in a state of chaos. Moore has suggested that true freedom requires education and training—otherwise freedom is nothing but violence and anarchy. This raises all sorts of questions: Does this mean that freedom involves a teacher, a kind of authority figure? What form would a truly free society take? Do people need guidance to achieve true freedom, or can they figure it out for themselves? Wisely, Moore doesn’t try to answer all of these questions—instead he leaves us, as readers, “free” to make up our own minds.

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Freedom and Anarchy Quotes in V for Vendetta

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Book 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

They eradicated some cultures more thoroughly than they did others. No Tamla and no Trojan. No Billie Holliday or Black Uhuru. Just his master’s voice every hour on the hour.

Related Characters: V (speaker), The Leader / Adam Susan , Lewis Prothero
Page Number: 19
Explanation and Analysis:

V has taken Evey back to his secret lair, where he shows her his vast collection of old paintings, sculptures, books, and records. V explains that he's made a point of collecting cultural artifacts that Adam Susan's Norsefire government tried to destroy in previous decades. Susan sought to eliminate all "rival cultures"--anything that could compete with the dogma that the English are the greatest nation and the greatest race on the planet. Consequently, Norsefire destroyed the art and music of great African American artists like Billie Holliday.

V's explanation of Norsefire's crimes is one of the first signs of the extreme, racist nature of England in the future. Frightened for its own survival, English politicians rally their people around the hatred of "foreigners" and "aliens" of any kind--thus, black people, homosexuals, etc. are bullied, imprisoned, and often murdered for their supposed crimes. Susan's methods of control are typical of Fascist governments--like Hitler, he uses hatred and racism to unite his people against a common enemy.


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Book 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

I believe in strength. I believe in unity. And if that strength, that unity of purpose demands a unity of thought, word, and deed then so be it. I will not hear talk of freedom. I will not hear talk of individual liberty. They are luxuries. I do not believe in luxuries.

Related Characters: The Leader / Adam Susan (speaker)
Page Number: 37
Explanation and Analysis:

Adam Susan, the dictator of the Norsefire Party of England, rehearses a speech in his head. In the speech, Susan rejects the notion of freedom as obsolete and useless. The only goal of government, Susan insists, is order. He sees himself as a strong, stern master--someone who has to "break some eggs" in order to "make an omelette." Of course, Susan is glossing over the barbaric nature of his actions as dictator of England--he believes he was justified in censoring free speech, murdering thousands of "undesirables," and killing his political opponents.

Susan's speech is interesting in that it stresses the futility of luxury, and that he is very straightforward about his Fascist goals. Susan may be evil, but he's not a hypocrite. As we see throughout the graphic novel, Susan lives a lonely, monastic life--he's never shown eating a big feast, relaxing in a beautiful mansion, or enjoying material pleasure of any kind. True enough, Susan doesn't care about enjoying the luxuries of his power--a true tyrant, his only source of pleasure is controlling the English people.

Her name is anarchy! And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none.

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Related Symbols: Lady Justice
Page Number: 41
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, V holds a mock-conversation with the statue of Lady Justice that stands over the Old Bailey, a famous legal building in London. V accuses Lady Justice of serving an evil master--the Fascist government of England. V maintains that he serves a new master--not justice, but anarchy.

V's speech is important because it spells out his political convictions. Where Adam Susan, the dictator of England, believes that "justice" is all about control and domination (hence his decision to shut down free speech, imprison his opponents, etc.), V takes the opposite point of view. He thinks that the purpose of justice is to allow people to be free and happy; thus, the ideal state of society, he believes, is lack of any government whatsoever. ("Anarchy" literally means "without government.")

V's ideas about justice might seem just as counterintuitive and barbaric as Susan's--most people would probably argue that society needs a compromise between order and freedom. But Moore never once tells readers to agree with V--true to form, we're "free" to make up our own minds about how seriously we should take V's commitment to total anarchy.

Book 1, Chapter 10 Quotes

They were ordinary people, and they were prepared to torture a stranger to death, just because they were told to by someone in authority. Some of them said they’d even enjoyed it. I think I enjoyed what I did at the time. People are stupid and evil.

Related Characters: Delia Surridge (speaker)
Page Number: 73
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Delia Surridge, a former employee of the Norsefire government, contemplates the infamous Milgram experiment (though she doesn't mention it by name). In the 1970s, a psychologist told a series of volunteers to administer painful shocks to a test subject, supposedly in order to conduct a learning exercise. The vast majority of the volunteers agreed to administer the shocks, even though they knew full-well that they were probably hurting innocent people. In reality, no shocks were ever given--the experiment was designed to study obedience to authority. Surprisingly, Milgram concluded that the vast majority of human beings will commit atrocious crimes, provided that someone who seems like a leader orders them.

Delia is especially disturbed by the Milgram experiment because she herself was an obedient servant of the Norsefire government for many years--she helped experiment on innocent people in concentration camps. Her experiences have lead her to hate herself, and to hate human beings in general. In many ways, V's goal is to rouse the "common man" from his Milgram-esque obedience to authority, inspiring him to question the Fascists who order him to commit human rights abuses.

Book 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

It’s your basic unwillingness to get on within the company. You don’t seem to want to face up to real responsibility, or to be your own boss. Lord knows, you’ve been given plenty of opportunities. We’ve offered you promotion time and time again, and each time you’ve turned us down.

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Page Number: 114
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, V makes an illegal broadcast to the people of England, in which he takes on the persona of an office boss, having a "performance review" with a fictional employee. V uses the conceit of the office to criticize the people of England for eagerly submitting to the authority of Adam Susan's Fascist government. Although they have the potential to be their own masters--i.e., to survive with a government of any kind, let alone a brutal Fascist government--they chose to elect Susan and his thugs to rule over them. V's implication is that the people of England choose to be dominated: like Evey with her father-figure, they want someone to boss them around, even though don't need such a person by any stretch of the imagination.

I understand that you are unable to get on with your spouse. I hear that you argue. I am told that you shout. Violence has been mentioned.

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Page Number: 115
Explanation and Analysis:

V continues to use his broadcast to criticize the English people, adopting the language of an office boss conducting a performance review. Here, he attacks the people for the state of their family lives. There are "reports" of violence and arguing between husbands and wives. Based on what Moore shows us in the graphic novel, V isn't exaggerating: in England, Norsefire promotes an overall culture of cruelty, selfishness, and misogyny. Women are beaten and oppressed by their husbands, the people who are supposed to love them most.

V's critique of "family values" in England is particularly savage since the Norsefire government prides itself on the strength and unity of its culture, centered around the virtues of a family. If the families of England are secretly in a state of chaos, then this points to the basic flaws in Norsefire itself: a culture that pretends to be strong, happy, and perfect is in reality twisted, repressive, and at odds with itself.

We’ve had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them?

Related Characters: V (speaker)
Page Number: 116
Explanation and Analysis:

V continues his illegal broadcast, addressing the people of England. Here, he makes an important point about the dictators of history, Susan included: although dictators are usually singled out for their evil, brutality, etc., they don't ever gain power alone. As bad as someone like Hitler was, one could argue that the German electorate itself is also to blame for his action--the millions of "normal" people who voluntarily elected Hitler to rule over them, and then obeyed his orders once he was in power. In short, V recognizes that the people of England are partly to blame for their own suffering. In their fear and haste, they chose to elect a brutal Fascist to rule their country--a man whom they knew to be dangerous, but who promised to bring them order and protection.

Although V's speech might sound angry or scolding, it also has a strong undertone of respectful disappointment. V faults the English people for electing Susan, but unlike most, he fully recognizes that the English people have the capacity to be better--to rule themselves. V also recognizes that the people of England are stronger than their own government--they're afraid of Susan, but if they were to rise up together against the government, they'd be unstoppable. V's mission is twofold: on one hand, he aims to weaken the government. But his anti-Norsefire plans would be pointless unless he inspired the people to rebel against Norsefire as well.

Book 2, Chapter 6 Quotes

We shouldn’t have to live like this!

Related Characters: Robert (speaker)
Page Number: 129
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, a young man named Robert tries to protect his elderly grandmother from being sent to a gas chamber, as most old people are in England. Peter Creedy, the man who controls law enforcement, refuses to help Robert's family--angry and frightened, Robert shouts, "We shouldn't have to live like this!"

Robert's exclamation illustrates the basic flaws in Norsefire society. Although on the surface England appears to be a model of unity and discipline, many of the people of England--not just Robert--secretly hate their lives under Adam Susan. Beneath the surface, millions of people like Robert want to rebel against the cruelty of superiors like Creedy. All they need is a role model, like V, to organize and inspire them.

Book 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

Strength through purity. Purity through faith.

Page Number: 148
Explanation and Analysis:

This quote, repeated several times throughout the graphic novel, is the official motto of the Norsefire government.

The Norsefire motto uses a rhetorical device known as anadiplosis, the repetition of a word used at the end of a phrase, at the beginning of the next phrase. (Here, the repeated word is "purity.") Anadiplosis, a common rhetorical trick in the Bible and in big political speeches, is often used to create a mood of solemnity and solidity--the appropriate tone for the powerful Fascist government of England.

Specifically, the motto references the three "pillars" of English society under Norsefire. "Purity" should suggest the racism of Norsefire: blacks, Pakistanis, and homosexuals are murdered for their supposed imperfections. Strength alludes to the violent, militaristic nature of society--the same violent militarism that led so many minorities to die. Finally, the motto alludes to faith--as we see, England has become a highly religious country. While many in the country worship a Christian church, the true religion of England has become worship for Susan himself: he's regarded as a god, incapable of any imperfections.

Book 2, Chapter 11 Quotes

But it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch we are free.

Related Characters: Valerie (speaker)
Related Symbols: Valerie’s Letter
Page Number: 156
Explanation and Analysis:

Halfway through the graphic novel, Evey is arrested and imprisoned. In prison, she's tortured and ordered to sign a confession stating that V kidnapped her and sexually abused her. Although Evey is tempted to lie and sign the statement (effectively clearing herself of any danger), she's inspired to hold out after finding a letter written by a woman named Valerie. In the letter, Valerie talks about being confined to a prison cell and refusing to cooperate with her captors.

Valerie refuses to give in because she doesn't want to sacrifice her integrity and personal freedom. By cooperating with people she despises, Valerie would be sacrificing her principles for the sake of "mere" survival. Even if she did survive prison, Valerie decides, she wouldn't be able to respect herself any more--she'd spend the rest of her life thinking of herself as a frightened animal, more interested in life for life's sake than in freedom, justice, or truth.

Valerie's letter also makes a surprising suggestion: human beings can obtain freedom by refusing to cooperate with torturers, even in the moment when they are literally being imprisoned and tortured. As long as a human being has control over her dignity and self-respect, she'll never be completely broken. A torturer could mangle Valerie's body and hurt her horribly, but she would still be a proud, dignified human being, with at least that last "inch" of freedom.

Book 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

“Sign that statement. You could be out inside three years. Perhaps they’d find you a job with the Finger. A lot of your sort get work with the Finger.”
“Thank you… but I’d rather die behind the chemical sheds.”
“Then there’s nothing left to threaten with, is there? You are free.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Related Symbols: Valerie’s Letter
Page Number: 162
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, a "guard" orders Evey to sign a statement saying that V kidnapped and raped her--in other words, saying that Evey is innocent of all crimes, and V is guilty. By signing, Evey would be condemning V to execution (if the government could catch him) and saving herself.

Inspired by Valerie's letter, Evey makes the difficult decision to refuse to sign the statement. She would be ensuring her own survival, but she'd also be betraying her friend. Evey is effectively saying that she values her dignity--her honesty, her loyalty to V, etc.--more highly than her life.

Surprisingly, the guard who's been torturing Evey then tells her that she is "free." As Evey is about to discover, her imprisonment has been an elaborate test of her strength and integrity, a test that she's passed. Evey has found the elusive "freedom" that Valerie mentioned in her letter. By refusing to sacrifice her principles, Evey has freed herself of all fear of her guards. There is, quite literally, nothing to threaten her with anymore--because she's not afraid for her life anymore, she's "above" all control.

Book 2, Chapter 13 Quotes

“You say you want to set me free and you put me in a prison.”
“You were already in a prison. You’ve been in a prison all your life.”
“Shut up! I don’t want to hear it! I wasn’t in a prison! I was happy! I was happy until you threw me out.”
“Happiness is a prison, Evey. Happiness is the most insidious prison of all.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Page Number: 168
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, Evey discovers the truth: V has captured her, imprisoned her, tortured her, and threatened to kill her, with the goal of transforming her into someone who's unafraid of death. Evey is furious that V--someone she'd thought of as a friend--would mistreat her so horribly.

As V tries to explain his actions, he makes some important points about the nature of freedom. In V's view, most human beings believe that they're entitled to a certain measure of happiness--indeed, the highest good is to achieve happiness. The problem with such a philosophy, in V's view, is that it allows people to be manipulated. A happy citizen will readily accept injustice in his society, so long as it doesn't affect him. The people of England are "happy," which is why they look the other way when the Norsefire party murders innocent people. In all, V argues, the only way to make Evey into a moral, mature person is to cure her of her desire for happiness--in essence, her desire for life.

Book 2, Chapter 14 Quotes

“Thank you. Thank you for what you’ve done to me.”
“You did it all yourself. I simply provided the backdrop. The drama was all your own.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Page Number: 174
Explanation and Analysis:

In this important scene, Evey--who's previously been furious with V for kidnapping and torturing her--thanks V. Evey recognizes that V hurt her into order to make her into a stronger, more confident person. Evey is no longer afraid of death. As a result, she's no longer willing to accept injustice in her society--the government can't threaten and intimidate her into submission. It might be hard for readers to accept that V did the "right" thing by torturing Evey for months. Moore doesn't editorialize--he's said many times that readers are free to disagree with V and Evey.

Whether or not one agrees with V's action, it's important to notice that V has used violence and torture to transform Evey against her will--ironically, he's forced her into freedom. (It's only much later that Evey gives her assent to the entire process.) The paradoxical nature of V's behavior tells us something about his mission as a whole: V wants to liberate the people of England, whether they want to be liberated or not. To such an end, he'll use explosives, take lives, etc.--everything he does is justified, at least in his own mind, by the "greater good" of anarchy.

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.

Book 3, Chapter 1 Quotes

Noise is relative to the silence proceeding it. The more absolute the hush, the more shocking the thunderclap. Our masters have not heard the people’s voice for generations, Evey. And it is much, much louder than they care to remember.

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond
Page Number: 194
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, V prepares to plunge England into a state of complete anarchy. V plans to cut the power, turn off surveillance cameras, and dissolve communication networks. For the first time in years, the people of London will be allowed to do whatever they want, without government repercussions of any kind.

As V explains to Evey, the people of England are enormously powerful. In one sense, V's words should be taken as sinister: the people of England, united as a mob, can be as dangerous and frightening as a "thunderclap." V further implies that the leaders of Norsefire ("our masters") have made a grave mistake in underestimating the people--they're far more dangerous than Norsefire has given them credit for.

On the other hand, V's statements imply that the people of England are capable of some positive actions, not just mindless violence and destruction. But before we see what any of these "positive actions" look like, Moore invites readers to witness the English people's acts destruction--necessary precursors to an anarchist society.

Book 3, Chapter 4 Quotes

Because if I’m going to crack this case, and I am, I’m going to have to get right inside his head, to think the way he thinks, and that scares me.

Related Characters: Mr. Eric Finch (speaker), V
Page Number: 210
Explanation and Analysis:

Eric Finch, the detective tasked with tracking down V, decides that the only way to catch V is to think like V. (This is one of the classic plot tropes of crime and serial killer stories--the detective discovers that he and his quarry eerily similar.) In order to simulate V's state of mind, Finch ingests a large quantity of LSD, a hallucinogenic drug that, he believes, promotes creativity and original thinking.

By taking LSD and thinking like V, Finch isn't just trying to solve his case. Finch is also trying to free himself from the constraints of his own society. Finch is secretly a good man who opposes the tyranny of Norsefire's regime. But just like everyone else, he's too frightened and cynical to attempt to oppose Norsefire, and he goes through life accepting injustice in his society. The fact that Finch subconsciously wants to be like V is a clear sign that he's fed up with being a pawn to Adam Susan and other Norsefire officials--he wants to escape the government's authority by first freeing his mind from fear.

I look at this mad pattern, but where are the answers? Who imprisoned me here? Who keeps me here? Who can release me? Who’s controlling and constraining my life, except … me?

Related Characters: Mr. Eric Finch (speaker)
Page Number: 215
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, Eric Finch--having ingested a large amount of LSD--hallucinates that he's in a prison. He has a sudden, unexpected epiphany that he is his own prisoner. In the exact instant that Finch realizes that he is his own prisoner, the prison vanishes.

The scene is a clear metaphor for the paradoxes of freedom. In Norsefire society, the government wields a huge amount of control over its people. And yet, as V has pointed out before, the people of England have chosen to submit to Norsefire. By choosing to elect Susan, abide by his rules, and fear his discipline, the English people are literally condemning themselves to a life of fear and uncertainty--they are their own jailers.

But how to free yourself from a jail of your own making? As the passage suggests, Finch frees himself from his own fear and servility in the instant he become aware of these things. As strange as it may sound, the people of England--not just Finch--can choose to rise up against Susan at any time, taking control pf their own destinies in the process. (In real life, Alan Moore is a vocal proponent of LSD use--he often says that the drug stimulated his greatest creative leaps and personal epiphanies.)

Book 3, Chapter 7 Quotes

“Did you think to kill me? There’s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There’s only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Mr. Eric Finch
Related Symbols: Guy Fawkes Mask, “V” symbol
Page Number: 236
Explanation and Analysis:

In this important scene, Eric Finch tracks down V and shoots him. V (secretly bleeding to death) tells Finch that nobody can kill him, because he's an idea, not a man.

V's statement isn't literally true, of course, but it's very powerful (and one of the most famous quotes from the work). V is a human being, but he's also much more. By wearing a cloak and a Guy Fawkes mask, V aims to erase his own personality and become a symbol. As a symbol, something without the flaws and complexities of a real human, V can inspire millions of other people with just his ideas, courage, and image.

Sure enough, a few chapters later, "V" is dead, but Evey has taken V's cloak and mask, effectively becoming the "new V." Ultimately, V isn't a person--it's a role, which can be played by many different people.

Book 3, Chapter 9 Quotes

Because you were so big, V, and what if you’re just nobody? Or even if you’re someone, you’ll be smaller, because of all the people that you could have been, but weren’t.

Related Characters: Evey Hammond (speaker), V
Related Symbols: Guy Fawkes Mask, “V” symbol
Page Number: 250
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, Evey--witnessing V's death--makes the difficult decision to keep V's face and identity concealed. Instead of removing his mask, she keeps the mask on.

Evey is still curious about V's true identity, but ultimately, she recognizes that V's individual identity is less important than the "idea" of V--in other words, the idea of a powerful, resourceful opponent of the Norsefire government, someone who's immune to pain and danger. In short, Evey recognizes that V is more powerful as an idea, capable of inspiring other people, than he is as an ordinary man (or woman).

Evey's decision to keep V's mask on also reflects the fact that she's free of her desire to be controlled and to have a father-figure. Evey has craved a strong, masculine presence in her life, but now, she has no further need for such a presence. Evey has learned how to take care of herself--she doesn't even need V anymore. By the same token, Evey has no more need for Adam Susan's government--by donning V's spare mask, she resumes V's mission to destroy the government forever.

Book 3, Chapter 10 Quotes

I’m following my own orders now. And getting out before everything blows. Perhaps you should, too. Goodbye, Dominic. Take care, lad.

Related Characters: Mr. Eric Finch (speaker), Dominic Stone
Page Number: 252
Explanation and Analysis:

At the end of the graphic novel, Eric Finch crosses paths with his old coworker, Dominic Stone. Finch, transformed by his use of LSD, tells Dominic that he's no longer working for the government. His experiences with LSD and with V have convinced him that there's no point in living a life of fear and submissiveness. Instead of cowering before the Norsefire government, Finch chooses to "follow his own orders."

The second part of Finch's advice is as interesting as the first. Finch knows that soon, the Norsefire government is going to "blow"--and he has no intention of being around when this happens. One could interpret Finch's statement to mean that he's frightened of anarchy--the mob rule that's going to break out when Norsefire disappears from England. Finch's fear of the impending mob makes us, too, wonder what will become of England--after Norsefire, will the people build a utopian, anarchist society (a society in which, somehow, there's no government)? In typical fashion, Moore doesn't answer his own questions: he leaves readers to decide what an anarchist society would look like, or if it's even possible.