Syme is a minor character in the story and an Outer Party member, who works at the Research Department and is one of Winston's "friends." Syme is portrayed as an intelligent philologist, who is considered a specialist in Newspeak and is currently working on the eleventh and final edition of the Newspeak Dictionary. Syme is described as being "venomously orthodox" and goes out of his way to harshly criticize Big Brother's enemies.
Despite Syme's ability to practice doublethink and his strong support of Big Brother, Winston predicts that he will be vaporized by the Party for being too smart and outspoken. Winston's prediction is proven correct when he eventually discovers that Syme has vanished from work.
Even though Syme is a minor character, his role emphasizes the cruel, calculating measures the Party takes to ensure its stability and prevent political dissidents from existing in their oppressive society. Syme's fate also foreshadows Winston's fate at the end of the story, even though Winston is not vaporized. The audience realizes that if an intelligent, loyal Party member can be vaporized, Winston does not stand a chance of living as an independent, free-thinking individual in Oceania.