What is ironic about the function of the Ministry of Love in 1984?

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There are several types of irony involved in the Ministry of Love: verbal and situational irony. Verbal irony occurs when words mean the opposite of what we expect them to mean, and situational irony occurs when events work out differently than we would expect in normal circumstances.

The name Ministry of Love is an example of verbal irony: this ministry is a place of torture, not love. As an example of situational irony, the Ministry of Love is a place where people deemed a threat to the state are starved, beaten, electrocuted, terrorized, and dehumanized. This is the opposite of how we normally define loving behavior. The goal is to stamp out the humanity of the victims: normally, as the novel itself shows through the relationship between Winston and Julia , love brings people to a fuller humanity and is expressed through tenderness to the beloved. In the Ministry of Love, however, souls are destroyed, and people are released as empty husks obedient to the state for the short time they are...

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