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anti-hero

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andee phelps

on 22 October 2011

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1984 by George Orwell The Anti-Hero Frankenstein by Mary Shelley An anti-hero is typically a simple man or woman that is placed in an extraordinary situation. They usually bring out sympathy or admiration in others and they normally have a flaw that makes them unsuccessful Anti-heroes often lack common heroic attributes such as spirit, nobility, virtues, or values. The novel, 1984, written by George Orwell, is identified as an anti-heroic story of Winston Smith. A man who is identified from the beginning by his flaws although his role is most important. Winston Smith is one of the only men that is able to revolt against "The Party" (Big Brother). Without this quality, most of the power in the novel would be lost. Definition: Anti-heroes often times funtion outside of the major conformities of culture and almost always attempt to challange it. This usually ends up in failure. 1984 was published in 1949, during the end of World War II. 1984 was a dystopian novel, meaning it was written with underlying warning tones. It is a type of negative utopia. It is typically about a futuristic society that downgrades to a repressive and controlled state. George Orwell's views of the government came from his real life experiences with the police. Orwell had been a former employee of the Imperial Police Department in Burma, India. He developed a hatred for government control through this job and became strongly opposed to Imperialism. The anyone's and everyone's of society Anti-heroes have evolved from the early greek mythology and are still used in novels today. Victor Frankenstein is the creator of the well known monster, Frankenstein. His ambition became his downfall when his creation went on a tyrant and killed his most beloved family members. Mary Shelley wrote her famous novel, Frankenstein, originally as a simple camp-fire story at age nineteen. Mary Shelley lived most of her life in the 19th century, during a time when women didn't have a voice of their own. Her novel was thought to be written by her husband because it was so graphic. Victor Frankenstein is introduced as a character with too much ambition and determination. His obsession with creating life after death ultimately makes him an anti-hero. Victor has a quality that none of the other characters in the novel possess; the unique hunger to create and learn. Reoccuring themes in the novel are nationalism, sexual repression, futurology, and censorship. "He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother." (Orwell 300) "I trod heaven in my thoughts, now exulting in my powers, now burning with the idea of their effects. From my infancy I was imbued with high hopes and a lofty ambition." (Shelley 24.25) Victor dies, ashamed of himself and his own creation, bringing him the only outcome an anti-hero can have; failure.
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