In Orwell's 1984, what is Winston's relationship with Syme? Why does he believe that Syme will be vaporized?

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Syme is one of Winston's friends who works in the Research Department as a specialist in Newspeak. Syme is engaged in writing the Eleventh Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary and elaborates on the intricacies of destroying language by combining words that contain their opposite, such as "ungood." Syme proceeds to explain to Winston that the purpose of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought. Winston listens as Syme discusses how concepts will be destroyed with the elimination of words and champions the idea of orthodoxy. After listening to Syme brilliantly explain the complexities of Newspeak, Winston thinks that someday Syme will be vaporized. Winston believes that Syme is too intelligent. Winston feels that Syme, "sees too clearly and speaks plainly" (Orwell 68). Syme lacks discretion and stupidity, which would probably save him from being vaporized. The Party would prefer their citizens to be unconscious, thoughtless individuals. As Winston predicted, Syme is vaporized in Part 2 of the novel. 

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In 1984, Syme is one of Winston's colleagues at the Ministry of Truth. Winston describes him as a "friend" and as a person whose company he genuinely enjoys. Winston is concerned, however, that Syme will be vaporized by the Party because he is "too intelligent." Specifically, he feels this way because Syme "sees too clearly and speaks too plainly."

Syme is a language specialist who is working on the newest edition of the Newspeak dictionary. It is his job to oversee the "destruction" of the English language and the development of Newspeak, the language of the Party, in which true expression is replaced by political and social orthodoxy. But Syme is so intelligent that he sees beyond orthodoxy: he can envision a time in which the Party's slogans, like "freedom is slavery," must be eliminated because Newspeak has destroyed those very concepts, like freedom, on which they rely. For Winston, it is Syme's ability to think for himself and to express his thoughts openly which puts his life in jeopardy. 

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