Starring James Walker as

Syme

in Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four Nineteen Eighty-Four is based on George Orwell's novel of the same name. The population are subjected to psychological and physical slavery under the draconian rule of a global fascist one-party state.
Winston Smith John Hurt as Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four: "Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two equals four. If that is granted all else will follow." Julia Suzanne Hamilton as Julia in Nineteen Eighty-Four: "It's the one thing they can't do. They can torture you, make you say anything. But they can't make you believe it. They can't get inside you. They can't get to your heart." Parsons Gregor Fisher as Parsons in Nineteen Eighty-Four
Movie
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Year
1984
Character
Syme
Actor
James Walker

Syme is an enthusiastic advocate of ‘The Party’, who works for the Newspeak Committee: dedicated to the development of ‘newspeak’ (to replace ‘oldspeak’). This is the process of continual degradation of the language by gradually removing words, and therefore reducing the population’s ability to discuss, and even think about, concepts that are not deemed as legitimate by ‘The Party’.

Nineteen Eighty-Four – Syme Quotes

Syme: Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in…

Winston Smith: How’s the Newspeak Committee?

Syme: Working overtime. Plusbig waste is in adjectives. Plusbig waste is timing the language to scientific advance.

Winston Smith: …yes.

Syme: It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn’t have seen the Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It’s that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers]

Syme: The 11th Edition will be that thick. [narrows fingers]

Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect?

Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here. [the brain]

Tillotson’s Friend: [leans over from another table] Excuse me for intruding. But what you’re saying is that we should be rid of the last vestiges of Goldsteinism when the language has been cleaned. I couldn’t be more in agreement with you, brother.


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