Those of you who are about to watch “V” for Vendetta

16 Mar

I find it amusing that a large amount of people are going to go watch “V” for Vendetta tomorrow and have NO FUCKING CLUE who Guy Fawkes is.

Here is a link to a long article about him. Guy Fawkes on Wikipedia.

The ENTIRE film depends on the viewer knowing the story of Guy Fawkes. To summarize, he was a dude who on the 5th of November of 1605 was going to blow up Parliament to kill King James I of England and members of his court. He was caught and dismembered and had his intestines ripped out of him. Now on the 5th of November every year all over the UK they celebrate Guy Fawkes night where they burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes. Weird holiday, but it’s a holiday nonetheless.

They have a popular song that goes like this:

” Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
’twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah! “

Those of you who have seen the trailer probably recognize at least the first verse.

As for “V” for Vendetta’s Mask, it’s a mask of Guy Fawkes:

Now that you are properly educated, go forth and watch the film.

Interesting Side Note:

The word “guy” in the english language came from this guy’s name. (see how I use the word? Aren’t I clever) It used to mean ugly person, eventually it came to mean ‘person’ in modern english.


8 Responses to “Those of you who are about to watch “V” for Vendetta”

  1. angel_one March 16, 2006 at 5:56 pm #

    And here I thought it meant “every day kind of man”, as in “Don’t blame me.. I’m just a GUY.”

  2. bishmanrock March 16, 2006 at 6:12 pm #

    I’ve only ever known “Remember, remember the fifth of November,” its commonly used in marketing (usually fireworks awareness psoters), but I never got told the rest of the song.

  3. troh23 March 16, 2006 at 6:27 pm #

    i just posted the same thing!

    • bboyneko March 16, 2006 at 6:34 pm #

      good! we are spreading awareness!

      • troh23 March 16, 2006 at 6:36 pm #

        to the masses!

  4. docwho88 March 17, 2006 at 1:32 am #

    sigh.. every time i’m tricked into going on wikipedia, i go into a sort of trance of following any and every link that catches my fancy (often, firing up 2 or 3 new tabs at a time).. only to wake up a few hours later drooling on myself and tired from trying to absorb so much info.
    if only it were *useful* stuff i’m reading about.

  5. r_is_for_rachel March 21, 2006 at 10:49 pm #

    the guys name was Guido originally though 😉

  6. 6run6e November 26, 2006 at 1:24 pm #

    Guy Fawkes
    Actually Rachel, he was christened as Guy Fawkes, and as a Protestant. He later converted to Catholicism and became a Catholic Soldier and fought in Spain where he changed his name to Guido.
    Also bboyneko, you left out the rest of the rhyme. It continues thus;
    A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
    A farthing o’ cheese to choke him.
    A pint of beer to rinse it down.
    A faggot of sticks to burn him.
    Burn him in a tub of tar.
    Burn him like a blazing star.
    Burn his body from his head.
    Then we’ll say ol’ Pope is dead.
    Hip hip hoorah!
    Hip hip hoorah hoorah!
    A very Anti-Catholic nursery rhyme.

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