"'He had committed...the essential crime that contained all others in itself" (Orwell 16). Winston is shown as an anti-hero because committing a crime is not a traditional hero quality. He is rebellious and uncooperative with the rest of society.
" 'I'm thirty-nine years old. I've got a wife that I can't get rid of. I've got varicose veins. I've got five false teeth' " (Orwell 120). Winston demonstrates he is an anti-hero because it shows Winston is not special and is pretty weak. He doesn't fit the profile of a regular hero as he isn't strong and is pretty selfish as he wants to get rid of his wife.
"'You are prepared to commit murder?' 'Yes'" (Orwell 172). Winston can be seen as an anti-hero because when O'Brien asked if he would be willing to commit harmful acts such as betraying Oceania and committing murder, he said yes. Heroes typically do not want to cause harm to others or betraying their country.