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What is a significant quote made by Parsons and a significant quote made by Syme?

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lauraashley4 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 6, 2009 at 5:18 AM via web

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What is a significant quote made by Parsons and a significant quote made by Syme?

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srodgers1029 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 7, 2009 at 12:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Syme:  "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thoght? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it."

Syme's declaration to Winston illustrates his deep conviction that his work in the Ministry is vitally important.  Winston paradoxically views Syme's attitude as a virtual guarantee that Syme will one day be vaporized.  "He is too intelligent.  He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly," Winston thinks as he listens to Syme's treatise on the importance of revising the language of Oceania.  Winston's prediction comes true in Chapter 5 of Book 2.

Parsons:  "Ah, well--what I mean to say, shows the right spirit, doesn't it?  Mischievous little beggars they are, both of them, but talk about keenness!  All they think about is the Spies, and the war, of course."

Parson is referring to his children who are both Junior Spies.  His statement is ironic since it is his own children who turn him in to the Thought Police, his daughter claiming that he said "Down With Big Brother" in his sleep.

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