1984 PART 1: Chapter V – Discussion Questions

1) Who is Syme? Describe what he does for a living. Why does Winston call him “venomously orthodox”?

2) Describe Newspeak? What is the purpose of Newspeak? How does Syme feel about Newspeak?
3) What is a “thoughtcrime?
4) What is Oldspeak? Why would the Party want to get rid of Oldspeak?
5) According to Syme, what is orthodoxy?

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