Winston from 1984 Anti-Hero

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  • "He would flog her to death with a rubber truncheon. He would tie her naked to a stake and shoot her full of arrows like Saint Sebastian." (15).
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  • "His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals- DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER," (18).
  • "He could transfer his punishment- one body that he could thrust between himself and the rats. And he was shouting frantically, over and over: 'Do it to Julia!" (286).
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  • In this quote, Winston is an anti-hero because he is talking about hurting someone, and raping them. He doesn't seem to show any hero like qualities in this quote making him an anti-hero.
  • In this quote, Winston is an anti-hero because he wants the destruction of this corrupt government, but won't actually do anything about it. Winston is just writing about how the government should be destroyed, which is slightly heroic considering the thought police could vaporize him for it.
  • In this quote, Winston is an anti-hero because he is offering someone else to get hurt instead of himself. A hero would put others before himself unlike Winston in this case.
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