Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot!!!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
The Gunpowder Plot aimed at blowing up the House of Lords of England. This plan to assassinate King James I of England, who was a Protestant, was made by an English Catholic group led by Robert Catesby. Guy Fawkes aka Guido Fawkes was the person who was safeguarding the Gunpowder stored in a storehouse beneath the House of Lords. What happened was that due to some leak of information Fawkes was caught and tried to death by the state. As a result the citizens lit bonfires and celebrated November 5th as the day when the treason was successfully repelled and the King’s life saved. Considering a popular belief that Guy Fawkes is admired it should be pointed out that people burn effigy of Guy Fawkes as a symbolism to condemn him.
Initially the celebrations of the Guy Fawkes Night which started in 1605, each November 5, used to take serious class overtones particularly between Protestants and Catholics but toned down to present days when the celebrations are very peaceful.
One of the many intriguing aspects of this event is the Guy Fawkes Mask which came into being after the comic book series “V for Vendetta” and a subsequent 2006 flick of the same name. The main character of V for Vendetta, ”V” raises arms against a totalitarian UK government.The illustrator David Lloyd was of the view that the guy should be celebrated for his plot to blow up the parliament and thus he created the mask, concealing V’s identity as well as creating an allegory with Fawkes.
After coming into existence this mask has been used by many groups in anti-establishment, anti-government protests. Significant examples include Hacktivist group Anonymous and The Occupy Movement. Where on one hand Hacktivism stresses on free thoughts and idea communication over internet while on the other hand Occupy Movement, particularly the one on Wall Street focussed on increasing socio-economic inequality.