On the surface, Tom Parsons is a simple character. As a reader, we do not get to know him on a personal level. All we know about him is that he is a fervent believer in the doctrine of Big Brother and that his daughter turns him in to the Thought Police. He is also, according to Winston, fat and sweats copious amounts. However, he is crucial to the story in that he is the embodiment of the mindset of the Party members. He is fervently devoted to Big Brother, a fact which Winston despises him for. His entire family is the model of a perfect family: a son and a daughter who are ardent supporters of Big Brother and who are Spies. Parsons also fits the ideals of Big Brother in that he constantly leads community hikes and activities, and is the treasurer for his block for Hate Week. His doublethink is beyond reproach, as he follows the sudden change of enemy in the war without missing a beat. Living conditions are by our modern standards horrible, but Parsons does not complain. When he is turned into the Thought Police, he is grateful that he is caught before he causes any damage to the Party society. He is even proud of his daughter for having the intelligence to turn him in. All in all, Parsons is the embodiment of Big Brother's ideal Outer Party member.
Despite Parsons' portrayal as the embodiment of a loyal member of the Party population, he also provides the reader with hope for the fall of Big Brother. At the end of the novel Orwell reveals that Parsons is turned into the Thought Police by his daughter for muttering “Down with Big Brother” in his sleep. At least subconsciously, Parsons is not the perfect party member that he appears to be on the surface. By writing such an end for Parsons, Orwell is suggesting that no matter how tight a tyrant’s grip on the population may seem, the population will always find a way to improve their lives. After all, if Parsons, the model citizen of Oceania, subconsciously rebels against Big Brother, who could say that every single citizen of Oceania is not opposed to Big Brother’s rule? This supposition, paired with the notion that the Appendix is written in the past tense, leads the reader to come to the conclude that Big Brother’s fall is eminent. Parsons' friendliness towards Winston not only provides another aspect to Parsons' character, but also adds hope to the otherwise gloomy novel. Despite Winston hatred towards Parsons, Parsons has always been friendly towards Winston. Parsons even reprimands his own children, the apples of his eye, for having shot at Winston with a slingshot. This seems to surpass the camaraderie expected between fellow citizens of Oceania. Given Parson’s attitude towards Winston, one might start to think that friendship is possible under Big Brother’s rule. All in all, despite Parsons’s apparent adherence to Big Brother’s doctrines, he is a symbol of hope for the end in the reign of the Party.