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.
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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vertigo edition of V for Vendetta published in 2005.).
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
...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
Book 1, Chapter 3: Victims
...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
Book 3, Prologue
Book 3, Chapter 1: Vox Populi
...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)