1984 By George Orwell : A Hero And An Antihero Essay

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In the dictionary a hero is defined as a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, Winston is both a hero and an antihero because he does not have the typical traits that would make him a hero, although he is only trying to stop the reign of Big Brother. In Oceania he was considered to have a “normal” life because he had good job and “friends”. But even with all this he was not satisfied with what he had he felt like he was being watched and controlled with everything he did. Due to the constant surveillance from the party he became more and more rebellious not only against big brother but also against anyone who would try to make him do anything he did not want to. The rebelling turned into silent protesting against the government. Throughout the novel he was a hero because he stood up for what he believed in and did not give up. In the end he was trying to get a better society for the country, but in order for him to do that he had to do some anti-heroic acts like joining the brotherhood and vowing that he would kill people if that were what it meant to be in the brotherhood. Even though he was fighting for a positive outcome in the end he became more of a villain than a hero. His transformation was not his fault though, he was forced by O’Brien when he tried to act heroic and did not say anything he was tortured and ultimately brainwashed. To a point where he finds no…

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