How does a minor character in 1984 show the theme of the novel?
Take the character of Syme, for example, who appears in Part One, Chapter Five. Syme is a colleague of Winston's and works on the development of Newspeak, the official language of Oceania. During conversation, Syme explains the purpose of Newspeak:
We're destroying words - scores of them, hundreds of them, everyday. We're cutting the language down to the bone.
More importantly, the purpose of this cutting-down is to control people's ability to express their...
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