Is Winston considered a hero?

Posted: December 15, 2014 in Part II
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By: Fabyana Cardona

Is Winston considered a hero?

I saw Winston as a hero because he defied the corruption to the end, even though he did know or at least suspect it would end badly. In my opinion, fighting against an evil dictatorship, even if you know it’s going to end in your own death or at least something very, very bad, is more heroic than just shutting up and eating whatever you’re fed.

He broke at the end and loved Big Brother but this was due to O’Brien’s torture and mind control, he always knew this would be the outcome from his diary entries, conversations with Julia and his observations of Jones, Aaronsen and Rutherford at the Chestnut Tree Cafe. Breaking his only promise to Julia, not to betray her, was unavoidable, see his rantings after his visit to room 101, and the brief encounter with Julia when he is released, she betrayed him too, everyone betrays, this is the purpose of room 101, to remove anything you love more than the party and replace it/them with Big Brother.

He sneaks around instead of engaging in open revolt because this is the only way any dissent and subversion can take place. The reactions of people during the two minutes hate, telescreens, hidden microphones, a militarised society and scared/brainwashed spying neighbors giving you up at the first opportunity to save themselves make open revolt instantly dangerous. He took this approach because it had the potential to cause dangerous the party more effectively and because it was the only way.

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