1984 Heroism Essay

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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.” –George Orwell. Winston Smith heroism only is a truth when associated to Orwell’s characterization of one. Opposing Orwell’s belief of a hero, to the reader Winston Smith is not commendable in any way, shape, or form and so therefore disappoints the word hero. The reader cannot grasp what Winston’s original goals were but only seem to see his ultimate failures. Orwell’s definition of a hero calls for someone who is ordinary seeking to change society even when knowing they cannot succeed. Orwell created a hero who most certainly failed. Winston’s failure is a result of Orwell simply creating a human being, who like all other human beings, is flawed. Yet the answer still remains that, yes Winston is a hero when compared to Orwell’s understanding of a hero. He is an ordinary man who rebels while knowing he will not succeed. “Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle” (P.1, C. 1, Pg. 2) “His eyes re-focused on the page. He discovered that while he sat helplessly musing he had also been writing, as though by automatic action. And it was no longer the same cramped, awkward handwriting as before. His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals — DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER over and over again, filling half a page.…The Thought Police would get him just the same” (P.1, C. 1, Pg. 36-38) Smith still proceeds to rebel even though he knows he is doomed when he buys the diary and writes down the words “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER”. Another way Winston shows his heroism through his passionate love affair with Julia. “…he could do what he liked with her. But the
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