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Who is Syme in "1984"?

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bainjosh | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 16, 2008 at 1:52 PM via web

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Who is Syme in "1984"?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 17, 2008 at 1:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Syme is one of Winston's coworkers at the Ministry of Truth.  The man works specifically in the Research Department of the Ministry, and his current assignment is to develop the Party Dictionary's "Eleventh Edition", paradoxically eliminating scores of words from the lexicon so that "in the end...thoughtcrime (will be) literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it".  Syme is a true believer in Big Brother, and works feverishly to execute his job to perfection.

Syme is always anxious to talk about the work he is doing, and to sing the praises of Big Brother.  He is "venemously orthodox", and he makes Winston feel uncomfortable,  because Winston feels that Syme can see right through him and knows his deviant thoughts.  Winston realizes though, that ironically, Syme will soon be vaporized despite his unquestioning loyalty to the Party.  Winston recognizes that Syme "is too intelligent...he sees too clearly and speaks too plainly...the Party does not like such people...one day he will disappear" (Part I, Chapter 5).

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM (Answer #2)

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Syme is a co-worker who is dedicated and loyal to the Party and believes everything that is given to him by the Party.

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