In the book 1984, written by George Orwell, the main character is Winston Smith. A simple, frail, skinny man, wanting to know what life was like before the revolution, and just to have a small taste of freedom. Is Winston a typical storybook hero? Or is he is something else, something better or worse?
The last part of Webster’s dictionary defines a hero as “The chief male character in a story, play, movie, etc.” Winston is the main character of 1984. We follow his journey as he tries to rebel against BB, form a relationship in overwhelming oppression, resist O’Brien’s attempts to rip everything human from him, and eventually, him breaking in the face of his greatest fear. Winston was our guide to the world of 1984, and according to Webster, this makes him the hero of the novel 1984. I would disagree with this analysis.
Yash Patel Mrs. Choi AP Literature October 2015 1984 Dialectal Journals for Part 2 Text Response 1. “In front of him was an enemy who was trying to kill him; in front of him, also was a human creature… He had indistinctively started forward to help her,” (Orwell 106) This quote shows that even in this time where they live in a life where they are being manipulated, Winston is still living in a time where he is experiencing hatred, but still maintains what keeps him normal or humane, which keeps him separated from everyone else. This hate is showing that people still have hate for each other and still want to kill each other but it also shows the true human he is by helping her when she was threatened.
This is because of the way he reacts to the things he does. Although he may not live up to the expectations of a great hero. Winston’s bravery to ask about the brotherhood, his strength to defy the party while being tortured, his courage to begin a relationship with Julia, and the items bought and written in can classify as heroic. For instance, Winston’s bravery to ask Mr. Brian about the brotherhood show his heroism.
At the beginning of the novel, Winston made it prominent that he dissented Big Brother and his party’s idea. He wrote in his diary, in Book 1 Chapter 1, “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER…” (Orwell 18). This shows that Winston dissented his country’s government and was willing to rebel for he knew deep inside that
Winston Smith is a hero without heroic qualities. He does not possess what Orwell once offered as the definition of heroism: 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. Winston was a valiant man who revolted against the
During the story of 1984 Winston reveals himself as a heroic figure. His willingness to fight against the untouchable party forces him to risk his own life in many ways. Even Winston thinking poorly of the party was a very punishable crime. Even when he is being punished for his crimes he keeps proving himself a hero as he wonders and pushes to discover why the society is being run the way it is. He is also very stubborn to the thoughts of the party.
In the book 1984, Winston’s “safe haven” is the idea of rebellion. Whether it is him dreaming of it, seeing Julia, or writing in his diary, he takes comfort in whatever act he can take against the Party. Much of the narrative has to do with Winston’s thought process. It is not an objective approach to the situation, and is therefore full of personality and opinion. Winston’s hopes and dreams of rebellion become a crucial part of the text, adding insight as well as limiting perspective to that of only one character.
and he said ¨ but don 't you go picking up my bad habits.¨ Different people have different arguments on who is a hero, this argument is about Dally Winston. How he was brave, outgoing and trustworthy. Yes you can argue that Two Bit or sodapop or even Johnny is a hero, but Dally Winston is a hero in this argument.
By the end of the book the government has completely taken over Winston’s mind and brainwashed him to fit standards set by the party. After everything, they ended up killing him for what he had done. If the government were like this today, we would probably be in either a complete dictatorship or our world would find ourselves slowly fading into anarchy. Our own social freedom, our freedom of press, speech, and ability to stand up for what we believe in is important to remain a stable society. Our own opinions and morals make us who we are, and if we don't speak up or take part in any of our governments actions as simple as voting for our next president, our world may fall into one such as
Winston writes in his journal about his hatred for the party saying, “Down with Big Brother.” He writes this quote many times in the journal because he wants the people to rebel from the control of tyranny government. He conforms to society when Julia and Winston meet in Victoria Square and being, “shoulder to shoulder, both staring fixedly in front of them.” The reason he conforms to this society is to not get caught, in fear of being vaporized by the government. However, in the end he gets caught by the Thought Police and tortured enough to love Big Brother.
(Orwell 233). Then a little bit later Winston asked “Who denounced you?” then Parsons said “It was my little daughter” (Orwell 233). This shows how The Party is taking advantage over people so they can have power to do what they want. When Julia and Winston were captured by O’Brien,who was a spy for the Party, he put them in separate rooms, questioned and tortured Winston so he would give up Julia and confess.
In George Orwell’s 1984, he utilizes motif, imagery, and irony to display the negative effects of a totalitarian government can have on society. To begin, Orwell uses motif, more specifically the recurring theme of manipulation and authority, to convey his purpose. In Part I Chapter IV, Winston explains his job and what he does at the Ministry of Truth: “Every prediction made by the Party could be shown be documentary evidence to have been correct [...] Everything faded away into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain” (Orwell 40, 41). As Winston explains what he does for a living, readers begin to realize that Winston takes false predictions made by Big Brother and rewrites them to be true.
there was just one person to whom he could transfer his punishment… Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia” (Orwell 286)! Under normal circumstances Winston wouldn’t tell them to hurt Julia not him. However, he is so scared of the rats, that in his mind he has no choice but to blame her. This shows that fear compels us to agree to things we wouldn't normally agree to.