1984 Heroism Analysis

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Ordinary people doing whatever they can to change social systems that do not respect human decency, even with the knowledge that they can’t possibly succeed a definition of heroism according to George Orwell. Winston Smith, the protagonist of 1984, takes action to go against Big Brother but fails to proceed any further before any action occurred. Winston does represent the characteristics that George Orwell describes as heroism even though he ended up loving Big Brother. He attempted to do whatever he could to bring Big Brother down, knowing he could get caught or even worse killed is what readers admired about him.
Winston bought a diary and just before writing anything on it, he had already committed a crime. The crime that was called thoughtcrime
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On page three hundred and sixty-two Winston finally said, “ Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don’t care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones.Not me! Julia! Not me!” He could no longer take this torture anymore that he would rather have Julia suffer than himself. His selfish reasons made him lose his heroism, but it was because O 'Brien’s torture and mind control were too powerful for him to handle. Yet Winston is still a hero, for it took him a longer time until they could break him …show more content…
Which human beings tend to stick with their beliefs, but once they feel they are being threatened to a certain extent such as Winston did. In part three chapter five once he heard O’Brien say “the worst thing in the world happens to be rats.” At that point, Winston tried to say whatever he could to save himself which he was no longer was heroic anymore. His fear overpowered him like any human being would which readers would understand him because they’ve been in his place where they just couldn’t face their fear. So at a point, readers understand why he gave up easily into the hands of the party, but they might have felt disappointed that his determination was over just by his fear of

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