Describe what Winston’s room looks like in 1984.

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kmj23 | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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In 1984, Winston lives on the seventh floor of an apartment block called Victory Mansions. Inside, his room is dominated by the telescreen, an "instrument" which is situated on the wall opposite the window and which is used by the Party to monitor Winston's every movement. Beyond this, the apartment is sparsely furnished: the living room, for instance, contains a table and chair. There is also an empty alcove, which Winston thinks was once used as a bookshelf, and a "tiny kitchen" adjacent the living room. 

In the next chapter, Orwell indicates the condition of Winston's flat. Like his neighbour's home, the flat is "falling to pieces," according to Winston, with flaking plaster and leaky roofs. Moreover, it is often cold because the heating only ever works on "half steam" and repairs are often left undone because they must be sanctioned by an official committee.

In essence, then, Winston's flat is a run-down and sparsely furnished place which reflects the depressing and oppressive mood of the book.

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Winston's room is a flat in the "Victory Mansions" a place that is dilapidated at best with a barely functioning elevator, stinky and grimy hallways, and poor insulation that makes it drafty and cold. The telescreen is really the dominating feature of the room and cannot ever be turned off, only dimmed.  It is both a television and a viewing device allowing the party and the thought police to look into the every day lives of the party members at all times.

Because of a quirk in construction, Winston's room had a small alcove that was not visible to the telescreen, and this was where he had a desk and he kept his journal.  The fact that the telescreen cannot actually view him everywhere leads to his being able to commit the thought crime of writing in his diary.

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Winston has two rooms. One is a typical party member apartment dominated by a large Big Brother telescreen.

The other is the room above Mr. Charrington's
shop, which is decorated in an old-fashioned style and, most importantly, without a telescreen.


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