The Real Guy Fawkes And The Significance Of The 5th Of November

His face is everywhere:

People protest the church of Scientology in the now famous mask.

The mask is modeled after Guy Fawkes whose face became famous the world over after the release of the Wachoski Bros. 2006 film V For Vendetta. The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel by the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd which centers on a mysterious figure named V who fights government oppression (as an anarchist in the book; as a freedom fighter in the film) while wearing the Fawkes mask.

Neither medium delves deeply into the story of real-life figure Guy Fawkes other than noting the rhyme associated with his exploits:

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

The following issue then arises: what are we supposed to remember and why should it never be forgot? The answer lies within the life and exploits of Guy Fawkes.

Guido "Guy" Fawkes

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