V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Evey Hammond Character Analysis

Evey Hammond is 16 years old at the beginning of V for Vendetta, when she’s saved by V and taken to his underground lair to be his student and assistant. Initially, Evey finds V charming, and is highly grateful to him for saving her life. She assists him with some of his plans to attack the Norsefire government, but backs off when she realizes that V murders people in order to further his plans. Evey undergoes an enormous change when V, pretending to be a government agent, kidnaps and tortures her. Inspired by the example of Valerie, Evey learns to be strong and protect her integrity. Ultimately, she comes to embrace V’s aims of dismantling the Norsefire government, though she continues to refrain from killing people to do so. (Even when she blows up Downing Street, she makes it clear what she’s doing well in advance.) In a sense, Evey becomes less of a character as V for Vendetta goes on, and more of a symbol. In the final chapters, she’s embraced V’s ideology, as well as his Guy Fawkes mask, cloak, and hat, and seems to have found a student of her own. It’s suggested that she’ll continue to oppose government and tyranny, just as V has done before her.

Evey Hammond Quotes in V for Vendetta

The V for Vendetta quotes below are all either spoken by Evey Hammond or refer to Evey Hammond. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vertigo edition of V for Vendetta published in 2005.
Book 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

They got things under control. But then they started taking people away … all the black people and the Pakistanis. White people, too. All the radicals and the men who, you know, liked other men. The homosexuals. I don’t know what they did with them all.

Related Characters: Evey Hammond (speaker), V
Page Number: 28
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Book 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

“Perhaps you don’t sort of fancy women. But, like, there’s nothing wrong with that. Or perhaps…”
“Or perhaps I’m your father?”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Page Number: 96
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Evey Hammond Character Timeline in V for Vendetta

The timeline below shows where the character Evey Hammond appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 3: Victims
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Vendettas, Revenge, and the Personal Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
...woman, who is resting. The man introduces himself as V, and the woman calls herself Evey Hammond. Although Evey insists that there’s nothing “special” about her, V asks her to tell... (full context)
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
Bigotry Theme Icon
Vendettas, Revenge, and the Personal Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
Evey continues explaining her story to V. In 1991, Evey’s mother died of one of the... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 4: Vaudeville
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Vendettas, Revenge, and the Personal Theme Icon
At the Shadow Gallery, V speaks with Evey. V explains that he’s actually a “very funny” person. Evey notices that V has changed... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 6: The Vision
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Vendettas, Revenge, and the Personal Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
In the Shadow Gallery, Evey surveys a staircase, which is emblazoned with “V.V.V.V.V.” Evey asks V what this means. V... (full context)
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
Bigotry Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
...agrees to accept this girl. Dennis sends in the girl, who turns out to be Evey, dressed in a childish pink dress. Bishop Lilliman smiles with pleasure and tells Evey that... (full context)
Book 3, Prologue
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
At the Shadow Gallery, Evey calls to V—she’s moving some things out of her room, since she doesn’t need them... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 3: Various Valentines
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
Vendettas, Revenge, and the Personal Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
In the Shadow Gallery, V continues stacking dominoes. Evey enters the room, and notes that V is “almost finished.” V nods, and notes that... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 4: Vestiges
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
...outside Larkhill. He screams, “I’m free!” and raises his hands into the air, just as Evey did after being freed from her prison. (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 10: The Volcano
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
It is November 10, 1998. At 2 pm, the “new V” (Evey) stands over V’s body. V asked for a “Viking funeral,” Evey thinks. She realizes what... (full context)
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
...back to the surface. After a few moments, she takes off her mask: it is Evey. Evey watches a large explosion in the distance: Downing Street is no more. (full context)
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
Evey thinks to herself that the task ahead of her is phenomenally difficult, but crucial. She... (full context)