How does Orwell use setting to reinforce the central ideas of hope and despair?

1984 by George Orwell

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The setting of Airstrip One, formerly London, is a dystopian nightmare. Everything is grey, bland, and falling apart. For Winston there is nothing to look forward to except a few minutes of respite when he secretly writes in his diary. The rest of his life is drudgery within the huge bureaucracy and enforced conformity of the Party.