Describe what Winston’s room looks like in 1984.

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

teachersage eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

a-b | Student

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.