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From Orwell's 1984, how does Winston Smith clearly not portray the qualities of a heroic character?  What are some quotes that could be used to prove this? 

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One of the points Orwell continually makes is that any kind of decent life, let alone any grandeur or magnificence, is impossible under the rule of the Party. Winston and Julia's affair shows that romantic love is impossible. The odious children of the Parsons family demonstrate that domestic life is impossible. Ampleforth makes it clear that poetry is impossible. Heroism is just as impossible as anything else of value. This is at least partly because of the universal worship of strength and power. Orwell was constantly exploring this power-worship as a feature of modernity and wrote in his essay "Raffles and Miss Blandish" that to bring Jack the Giant-killer up to date, one would have to rename him Jack the Dwarf-killer. The idol of the Party is Big Brother, who crushes opponents with superior force. No one regards it as noble or creditable to stand up to such force. It is a world without heroes.

Winston is an unlikely candidate for heroism in any case. He is easily broken by torture. As soon...

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