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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Winston Smith lives in a dilapidated, old apartment building known as Victory Mansions. Victory Mansions is a dingy, disgusting building in need of major renovations. At the beginning of the novel, Orwell describes Winston's apartment complex and flat. Throughout the halls of Victory Mansions, there is an overpowering smell of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. Winston is also forced to walk past giant posters of Big Brother hanging from the walls on the way to his seventh-floor apartment. Inside Winston's tiny apartment, there is a telescreen hanging on the right side of the wall. Unlike the setup of most apartments, the telescreen is not located at the end of the wall, where it has command of the entire room. There is also a shallow alcove next to the telescreen, where Winston writes in his diary without being seen. Later on in the novel, Winston begins to rent a small room above Mr. Charrington's antique shop. There is a bed, stove, and an antique chair in the room, as well as a hidden telescreen disguised as an old painting.

clane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

He lives in an apartment complex called Victory Mansions, which is ironic because they are anything but mansion-like. They are described as being run down and dingy. Winston feels that everything has a layer of dirt on it. He also says that anything that breaks never gets fixed so the conditions are always worsening. It smells bad, too. The apartments are located in a region named Oceania.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Winston lives in Victory Mansions, an apartment for Outer Party members in what used to be London. He also rents a small apartment in the Proles area with Julia for the purpose of their meetings. 

kevinking | Student

Winston Smith lives in an apartment complex by the name of Victory Mansions. However this is clearly ironic as the apartment does not seem victorious at all. Victory Mansions is run down. The "hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats", the lift "even at the best of times was seldom working" and electricity unavailable "during daylight hours". The apartments are named "Victory Mansions" by the party as a form of manipulation to have the people through "doublethink" assume that they have victorious living conditions.

michgas | Student

Winston lives in a place call Victory Mansions which is in a place called  Oceania located Airstrip One in London.  The name insinuates that the place at one time or another used to be beautiful.  It also would have been the kind of place where people would want to live because of the name alone says greatness.  However at this point it is run down with broken windows, no heat and with plumbing that does not work most of the time.

parama9000 | Student

He lives in the Victory Mansion, which is a shadow of its former glory. It is now run down even though it has a great name.