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Animal Farm Essay Main essay Qs: What are the main ideas presented in the text? Discuss how language, techniques and structures are used to convey these ideas and views to the responder. The main ideas presented in the well-known book Animal Farm by George Orwell revolve around a vast mixture of very different as well as linked ideas. These include Human behaviour towards the use of power, representation of the Russian Revolution and of Soviet Union, representation of universal political themes like Betrayal of revolutionary ideals, Corruption, Animalism, Totalitarianism being evil and the use of Propaganda. The blend of a variety of techniques that convey these ideas comprise of the story being in simple but formal language, a fable, having a historical plot and use of Anthropomorphism to show human behaviour towards power. The book is also an allegory and uses symbolism to represent people from the Russian Revolution. The breaking of the seven commandments and the use of Irony and Satire shows the slide from idealism to corruption. The symbolism of political government systems like socialism, dictatorship, and fascism, show George Orwell's views on communism and how it transforms into totalitarianism. Use of propaganda by politicians is conveyed through techniques like assertion, twisting and abusing language, lying, repetition and selection of complex facts. ...read more.

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Then the commandment 'No animal shall kill another animal' was broken when some pigs, hens and sheep were forced to confess of rebellion against Napoleon. The pigs changed it to 'No animal shall kill another animal without cause' and all these animals were slaughtered on the spot by Napoleon's dogs. Consequently all these seven commandments were 'altered' or changed to be replaced by the seven sins. 'No animal shall drink alcohol' was made to 'No animal shall drink alcohol to excess' and 'Four legs good, two legs bad' (which was shortened for the animals) was changed to 'Four legs good, two legs better'. But the commandment which conveys the real message of George Orwell was when the pigs completely betrayed the most important commandment of 'All animals are equal' to 'All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others'. This satire in Animal farm is conveying the message that the politicians betray the actual revolutionary ideals and end up with more corrupt and wrong ideals to suit them. The most obvious idea that the book revolves around is of course, Corruption, and is the corruption of the pigs from revolutionists to dictators, which is done through the use of symbolism and irony. ...read more.

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The book is also an allegory and uses symbolism to represent people from the Russian Revolution. The breaking of the seven commandments and use of irony and satire shows fall from idealism to corruption, and symbolism and character development are used to determine how communism and totalitarianism is evil. Use of propaganda by politicians is conveyed through techniques like assertion, twisting and abusing language, lying, repetition and selection of complex facts. The language, techniques and structure used in Animal Farm is very suitable for George Orwell's purpose to convey his message that man's greed for power leads him to such corruption that instead of the aimed revolution (communism), it turns into a dictatorship and betrayal and becomes much worse than the government it replaced (totalitarianism). The language of the book is very easy and simple and can be read by people of all cultures without knowing anything about the Russian Revolution. It fascinates adults and easily achieves the understanding of children. Animal Farm is one of the most important works of fictional political satire that is still taken in view in discussions about communism and revolution, is a book that is recommended to all ages and carries a moral for children, adults and politicians. ...read more.

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