Syme's Destruction Of Word

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Within the first sentence, Syme makes his argument to Winston using irony. Syme states that there is a "beauty" to the "destruction of word," which is the use of verbal irony. There is beauty to destruction because with the destruction they are also creating a language. It is also ironic that as they are creating the dictionaries, they are reducing the amount of words to make an entirely new language, Newspeak. Language is always exoanding and becoming larger, but it is opposite in this society. Syme argues that through the "destruction of words," it will lead to a "perfect language." Therefore, with the perfect language, their, "Revolution" will be complete. This is another example of verbal irony because in order to perfect the language,…show more content…
Syme often uses his credibility to explain to Winston why he is right and the destruction of words is the most magnificent process. Because he works in the ____ department rewriting dictionaries, Syme establishes his credibility as someone who knows more on the subject, so to Winston, he must be correct. Although Winston writes in Newspeak on a daily basis, Syme accuses Winston of not grasping the beauty of Newspeak: "In your heart you 'd prefer to stick to Old-speak, with all its vagueness and its useless shades of meaning." According to Orwell, Syme posses more knowledge on Newspeak, therefore, the destruction of words is for the better. The more destruction, the more beauty it brings. with his ethos, he is able to argue that there is beauty in the destruction of words because he does it on a daily basis. With Old-speak, Syme convinces Winston that there are too many words, they would be better off with less words: "In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words--in reality, only one word. Don 't you see the beauty of that, Winston." Syme demonstrates he is the most knowledgeable on the subject, so with less words, there is less of a chance of thoughtcrime. Eradicating all forms of free-thought is the beauty of the
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