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Throughout Chapter 1 of 1984 the reader is exposed to the many kinds of manipulation that the government uses to control the people of Oceania The Party uses numerous examples of verbal and dramatic irony as part of its campaign to exercise its dominance over the people and control their daily actions Verbal irony an incongruity that has a deeper significance than the surface meaning is displayed throughout the society of 1984 in Chapter 1 The primary theme of this chapter deals with Winstons desire to write down his deeply felt thoughts about the Party Winston is scared to open his diary because he is scared of being punished by death or at least by twenty-five years in a forced-labor camp 9 This happens to be ironic because the Party has said that nothing is illegal there were no longer any laws 9 Everyone in Oceania where Winston lives is scared of breaking many laws none of which exist Many people are frightened of what is not familiar to them The Party not saying a word controls the citizens of Oceania causing them to live their lives in constant fear Verbal irony which the Party forces on the people is found throughout the society of 1984 in Chapter 1 and in later chapters throughout the novel Along with verbal irony dramatic irony which occurs when the characters are not aware of what the audience understands is also found throughout Chapter 1 For example the name of Winstons home Victory Mansions is very ironic because its name implies that it is exactly the opposite of what really exists there Its name makes it seem very nice and beautiful yet the use of the pleasant name is used as another means to manipulate the minds of the people The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats 5 the lift was seldom working 5 and a lot of dust swirled inside as Winston hustled into the
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