A Hero, By George Orwell: What Makes A Hero?

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Everyone has different definitions of a hero and different standards for what makes someone a hero. As stated George Orwell’s definition is ordinary people doing whatever they can to change social systems that do not respect human decency, even with the knowledge that they cannot possibly succeed. Some people believe it’s more than “ordinary” people doing whatever it takes. However, when focusing on Orwell’s definition (Winston was an “ordinary person”) yes Winston is a hero. Even though he ultimately failed he still held out. He fought for his beliefs under extreme torture, but unfortunately almost everyone has one of two things. One of them a price, the other a breaking point, what that means is everyone has some point where they will violate and/or abandon their own beliefs. This is what the author seems to be trying to explain in this story. Something else that makes Winston a hero is how lone he held out under the torture, and even more admirable Winston joined the resistance knowing that this was his fate and doing it anyway. Yet as they say heroes are not born, they are made, and it must be understood that the events leading up to that point. In the beginning Winston is no hero, he seems to be like many people today. Faceless, not revealing any feelings to speak of and just doing what everyone else is doing. However, what is most interesting is that his actual desires and beliefs are not revealed until the middle of the novel. Yet it is unknown whether he didn’t
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