The Parsons are a family of four—a mother, a father, a son, and a daughter—who live in an apartment near Winston's. Mr. Parsons also works with Winston at the Ministry of Truth. Winston describes him as
a fattish but active man of paralysing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms—one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the Thought Police, the stability of the Party depended.
Mrs. Parsons is depicted as a worn-out mother who seems as if she has dust in the creases of her face. She is afraid of her children. The children, like their father, are completely brainwashed the Party. They are aggressive and rule the roost at home because the parents are afraid of being denounced by them to the Thought Police.
The children are based on the reality of life in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, where schoolchildren were encouraged to spy and report if their parents were critical of the regime, which led to parents being arrested and upset traditional notions of family life and family privacy.
Tom Parsons ends up in the Ministry of Love alongside Winston because his daughter turned him into the Thought Police for allegedly saying "Down with Big Brother" in his sleep. As Parsons describes to Winston:
She listened at the keyhole. Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day. Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh?
The Parsons represent a typical family of Party loyalists. They accept the Party's lies unthinkingly and act as model citizens. They represent how the idea of family has been perverted by the Regime, while Tom represents the way no amount of loyalty or stupidity can save a person from being turned on by the government, underlining that the Party rules through terror.