George Orwell’s protagonist in 1984, Winston Smith, is just one of many in an era of modern antiheroes. He represents all that is undeniably average in a world wrecked with an oppressive government and a constant state of war. However, this plays to his advantage by making connecting and empathizing with him easier. His rebellious nature ensures an ability to be endowed with the bravery to defy and push the limits of the Party’s authority.
Typically, heroes are meant to possess powerful or indestructible traits, but Winston is the polar opposite; he is scrawny, out of shape, and possesses an itchy varicose ulcer that prevents him from a significant amount of exercise. Winston has the attributes of an Outer party member who spends his days revising