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During the film V for Vendetta, the character Delia Surridge recounts her experiences at Larkhill in her journal. She describes V developing abnormal abilities and kinesthesia, and when encountering V while the facility is burning to the ground, writes "...he looked at me, not with eyes - there were no eyes - but I know he was looking at me because I felt it."

Was V physically blind as a result of the experiments performed on him at Larkhill (or perhaps due to the fire), but somehow he compensated with his other heightened senses?

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Off topic because it is Not SciFi – DVK May 4 '14 at 6:06
@dvk - There were certainly elements of sci-fi in the comic including an artificial intelligence – Richard May 4 '14 at 6:23
@DVK A dystopian future history whose anti-hero is given advanced strength, reflexes, endurance and pain tolerance via cruel medical experiments sounds like sci-fi to me. – BESW May 4 '14 at 7:23
And I was hoping there was evidence that V used some sort of sixth sense (which would definitely be a sci-fi element) to picture the environment around him. – RobertF May 4 '14 at 13:28

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No, he isn't blind in either the film or the source comic.

Ignoring the more obvious elements (fight scenes, throwing of knives, etc) there are at least two occasions where he performs acts that would be impossible without sight:

When he lacerates the poster: enter image description here

Cooking for Evey (where he flips and then catches a piece of bread in the pan) enter image description here

In the comicbook, a line in Dr Delia's diary makes it clear that he can still see at the time of his escape;

"He looked at me. As if I were an insect. Oh God. As if I were something mounted on a slide."

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Although in the film, Delia specifically states "...he looked at me, not with eyes - there were no eyes - but I know he was looking at me because I felt it." – RobertF May 4 '14 at 14:45
@RobertF - "There were no eyes" could easily be read as "I couldn't see his eyes" since his back was to a bright fire... – Richard May 4 '14 at 14:48
Also he watches a tv, reads a book. We can also see that he has eyes when he catches Evey why wearing balaclava. – Yasskier Oct 2 at 8:41
@Yasskier Do you mean to tell me that a blind person cannot face a television or hold up a book and turn pages? – Dave Johnson Oct 2 at 14:50
@DaveJohnson He doesn't behave like a blind person watching tv (they usually slightly tilt their heads to hear better instead facing straight) and I really fail to see why as a blind man he would pretend to read while holding a book. Ockham razor strikes again :) – Yasskier Oct 2 at 21:46

Evey walks in on him in the Shadow Gallery reading a book.

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We have no specific evidence that he can actually read it though – Richard Oct 2 at 8:46
Holding a book while blind seems quite pointless though @Richard. – yondaime008 Oct 2 at 10:36
a screencap, or a video would go a long way here. – phantom42 Oct 2 at 10:54
@yondaime008 - You do need to take into account that he's A) Trying to deceive her for much of the movie and B) As mad as a box of frogs. – Richard Oct 2 at 11:03
@Richard fair enough ! – yondaime008 Oct 2 at 11:10

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