Is Winston Smith a tragic hero. If yes, how. If no why not?

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Winston Smith does not fit the definition of a classic tragic hero. He does not hail from a prestigious family, is not royalty, and is certainly not destined for greatness. Also, Winston Smith does not possess an extraordinary talent or ability that makes him better than others. Unlike classic tragic heroes, Winston Smith does not possess a tragic flaw that leads to his unfortunate downfall. Hamlet, Macbeth, and Marcus Brutus are examples of classic tragic heroes, who were destined for greatness but failed to fulfill their true potential because they fell victim to their tragic flaws. Despite the fact that Winston Smith does not exactly fit the mold for a classic tragic hero, he does possess heroic qualities and his...

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