Aww man, I thought we were going to wait until tomorrow to get into these debates.
Let’s get this out of the way:
- Guy Fawkes was a Catholic.
This is true.
- He attempted to assassinate King James I who was a Protestant, so that a Catholic could take the thrown. This is also known as the Gunpowder Plot.
This is also true.
HOWEVER, the entire reason they were plotting to assassinate King James was to replace him with his daughter, Princess Elizabeth. She was only 9 at the time and would have probably had an adviser (as many young kings/queens did), which means it would not have been AS BAD. How bad, might you ask?
During the 16th century and the English Reformation, believing that the church was a part of England was considered treason and was cause for execution. After the Gunpowder Plot, it only got worse. In 1641 (35 years after the Gunpowder Plot), all Irish Catholics had their positions of powers stripped away and their land was given to Protestants.
- He was supposed to guard the gunpowder than they planned to use in the assassination, and was caught.
This is true.
- He was then tortured, and eventually commit suicide.
His suicide was nearly right before his execution. He jumped with the noose around his neck so that he wouldn’t be strangled. He wanted his neck broken so that he would die rather than his death be drawn out. All of the other conspirators were drawn and quartered (which was to hang them until they were nearly lifeless, and then dismember them).
- He became the face that people connected with the Gunpowder Plot, and every November 5th effigies of Guy Fawkes are burned at bonfires to celebrate his failure.
The effigies were a celebration of his failure, yes. However the festivities have changed over time. Sometimes the bonfires were a part of riots. Other effigies that have been burned have been Paul Kruger, Margaret Thatcher, Osama Bin Laden, and an effigy of a gypsy caravan.
- November 5th is a day where people celebrate that the king did not get assassinated. It is not a day where people celebrate how cool Anonymous are, and how awesome the V for Vendetta comic and movie are.
While I agree with the sentiment that November 5th is not a celebration of Anonymous, V for Vendetta is definitely a different thing. Parliament is successfully blown up on the 5th, in a celebrationof Guy Fawkes, despite the failure in the past. This appropriation of Guy Fawkes day has only occurred in the two decades or so, more so with the film adaption.
Yes, Guy Fawkes is a symbol of rebelling against a government that you don’t see fit, but look at his reasoning. This is a guy who fought because he thought his religion was the best religion, and the only religion that should be in power. The Gunpowder Plot was not the only time he fought for this either. Is that really the kind of person you want to praise and celebrate? Just think about that before you go posting your V for Vendetta gif sets, okay?
Guy Fawkes rebellion is due to Catholic persecution, not superiority of religion. Yes, the persecution between Catholics and Protestants occurred (and switched) MANY times over the course of the 12th-18th centuries. But that does not remove the concept of rebellion from that day.