What are some examples of urban decay in the novel 1984 with page numbers?
Orwell based his description of the London in the novel on the post–World War II London he knew from the late 1940s: still in bad shape from the bombings and hardly on its feet again. In 1984, the bombed-out sections are the result of the endless low-level wars being fought with Eurasia and Eastasia.
An example of urban decay occurs on page 1, with the description of Orwell's apartment building, Victory Mansions:
The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. .... It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours.
Most of the London population—the proles—live in miserable conditions. As Winston walks, he observes,
He was somewhere in the vague, brown-coloured slums to the north and east of what had once been Saint Pancras Station. He was walking up a cobbled street of little two-storey houses with battered doorways which gave straight on the pavement and which were somehow curiously...
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