Describe what Winston’s room looks like in 1984.

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Winston lives in a Victory Mansion, the naming of which is itself quite significant, given the state that the buildings are in. They are all old (they are identified as originating in the 1930s) and in a state of severe disrepair. As Orwell writes, concerning these structures,

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Winston lives in a Victory Mansion, the naming of which is itself quite significant, given the state that the buildings are in. They are all old (they are identified as originating in the 1930s) and in a state of severe disrepair. As Orwell writes, concerning these structures,

The plaster flaked constantly from ceilings and walls, the pipes burst in every hard frost, the room leaked whenever there was snow, the heating system was usually running at half steam when it was not closed down altogether from motives of economy. (Orwell, 1984, Chapter 2)

Thus, you can observe in this an example of the State's manipulation of language (and through it, truth), one of the novel's key themes and one of the critical components of Orwell's understanding of totalitarian systems. Between Winston's poor health and the non-working elevator, even just climbing the stairs to reach his room proves a hassle.

Specific to the room itself, the most important feature is the telescreen, which is continually transmitting and serves as both a tool of propaganda as well as of surveillance (a fact which Winston is very much aware of). Thus, Winston must remain cognizant to the unpleasant fact that at any given moment, the government might be spying on him in his room.

In addition, Winston's living condition is described in terms of privation. There is a small kitchen in which the only thing he has to eat is "a hunk of dark-colored bread which had got to be saved for tomorrow's breakfast" (Orwell, 1984, Chapter 1). In addition, there is a bottle of Victory Gin (which itself tastes foul) and a cigarette packet. This depiction of his room and his living conditions expresses the misery of Winston's life.

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Winston Smith's room on the seventh floor of the dilapidated Victory Mansions is depicted as a tiny, worn-down apartment, which includes a living room, a massive telescreen, and a small kitchen. The telescreen in Winston's apartment is placed in an unusual position, where it cannot command the entire room. It is positioned on the longer wall by the window and to one side of the telescreen there is an alcove, where Winston Smith can write in his secret diary without being in the telescreen’s view. There is also a small table positioned in the alcove and Winston’s apartment is sparsely furnished. Similar to the rest of Victory Mansions, Winston's apartment is a worn-down dump, which is extremely small and uncomfortable. Winston's entire building also reeks of boiled-cabbage and sweat. There are Big Brother posters throughout the complex and Winston is used to helping his neighbors unclog their drain. The roof constantly leaks, plaster falls from the walls on a regular basis, and the heating system is also broken in Victory Mansions.

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Architecture is important in this novel, and it could be argued that a shallow alcove once meant to hold a bookcase sets the plot in motion by encouraging Winston in his first subversive act, writing in a journal.

Winston lives in a shabby flat on the seventh floor. The flat gives him a good view of the dilapidated city but not much else. Usually he has to climb all the steps to it because the elevator doesn't work.

Like almost everything in Oceania, this flat is unpleasant. It is dominated by a telescreen that Winston cannot turn off. The screen both blares news and other reports at him and allows him to be spied on. However, since his alcove is situated out of the range of the telescreen, Winston has the illusion of privacy while sitting in it.

Winston has little food in his flat beyond his nasty Victory gin. The flat reflects his barren and uncomfortable existence. The journal becomes a means to escape, he believes, into a private realm.

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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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