We just read the most controversial panel in Alan Moore's V for Vendetta:
Some readers never forgive V for kidnapping Evey, deceiving her about the location, and torturing her to the brink of madness. Others agree with V that only this ordeal could free Evey from the mental imprisonment into which she was born: "I didn't put you in prison, Evey. I just showed you the bars." At first, Evey violently rejects this claim: "You're wrong! It's just life, that's all! It's just how life is. It's what we've got to put up with. It's all we've got. What gives you the right to decide it's not good enough?" V's response is worth quoting in full:
"You've been in a prison so long, you no longer believe there's a world outside. That's because you're afraid, Evey. You're afraid because you can feel freedom closing in upon you. You're afraid because freedom is terrifying. Don't back away from it, Evey. Part of you understands the truth even as part pretends not to. You were in a cell, Evey. They offered you a choice between the death of your principles and the death of your body. You said you'd rather die. You faced the fear of your own death and you were calm and still. The door of the cage is open, Evey. All that you feel is the wind from outside.”
What do you think? Is this argument convincing? Why or why not? What is your opinion of V and his values at this point in the story? Post a thoughtful response below, supporting your judgments with evidence from the text and real-world examples.