Remember, Remember the Fifth of November...
We love all superheroes, but is the one associated with the poem that begins with "Remember, remember, the fifth of November" a superhero?
Some might not consider V (from V for Vendetta) a superhero, but he was part of a comic series, and he's got enough of the makings to be included in the genre. So maybe we can call him an anti-hero.
If you don't know the story of V, I won't spoil it for you, but I would recommend watching the film version of the comic, starring Natalie Portman, and Hugo Weaving as V. The comic series was written in the 1980s, and it was set in the future (the 1990s). It's about an anarchist who encourages the people of the United Kingdom to revolt against the fascist Parliament who rules via police powers. V is dressed as Guy Fawkes, who is famous for failing to assassinate King James I on the fifth of November, 1605. This event is known as the Gunpowder Plot. V gives tribute to Fawkes and almost considers himself his protégé in his quest to overthrow the Parliament.
Fawkes' actions may not have been acceptable among the general public in the 1600s, but V uses his example as a way to promote freedom for the people of the UK in V for Vendetta. A poem was written based on the Gunpowder Plot, which V recites in the movie:
"Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot."
The movie based on the comic series is very entertaining, and it includes some great action. Hugo Weaving is great as the masked V, although you'd never recognize his voice if you didn't know it was really him.
The fifth of November is now celebrated as Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, and celebrations often include fireworks. However you celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, whether you watch V for Vendetta or shoot off fireworks, be sure to remember, remember the fifth of November.
Is V a superhero, or even an anti-hero? Feel free to comment.
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