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'Animal Farm' by George Orwell. Choose one animal from the story, speaking as that animal give your account of two or three incidents which you think significant.What do you feel you have gained from the rebellion and what have you lost?

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Christopher Healey GCSE English Coursework . 25/3/02 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell. Task 2 - Choose one animal from the story, speaking as that animal give your account of two or three incidents which you think significant. What do you feel you have gained from the rebellion and what have you lost? It was a terrible, horrific day for us all. As a signal that all of us animals were under Napoleon's rule and totally at his mercy, a meeting was called to uncover the identity of Snowball's secret agents. Once we were all assembled together in the yard, Napoleon emerged from the farmhouse wearing both his medals. His huge nine dogs were frisking around him, all uttering growls that sent shivers down my spine, and probably down the spines of every single one of us. I cowered in my place, in complete silence (not that I speak much anyway) and I knew something terrible was bound to happen, I just didn't know what. So I stood, and waited, and watched. Napoleon stood sternly surveying us all, his audience, and he then let out an awful high-pitched whimper. What happened next was awful, nothing like it had ever happened before. The dogs bounded forward, seized four of the pigs by the ear and dragged them to Napoleon's feet. ...read more.


However, I remained with Boxer, and so did Clover. I lay down at Boxer's side. There was no speaking between us, purely eye contact, and I used my long tail to keep the flies off him. After a short while Squealer appeared saying that Napoleon was making arrangements to send Boxer to be treated at the hospital in Willingdon. I felt very uneasy about this. Except for Mollie and Snowball, no other animal had ever left the farm, and I didn't like to think of my sick best friend in the hands of human beings. However, Squealer convinced me that the veterinary surgeon in Willingdon could treat Boxer's case a lot more satisfactorily than we could ever do here on the farm, and about half an hour later, when Boxer had somewhat recovered, he was with difficulty got onto his feet and managed to limp back to his stall where Clover and I had prepared a good bed of straw for him. For the next two days Boxer remained in his stall. The pigs brought out a large bottle of pink medicine, which they'd found in the medicine chest in the bathroom of the farmhouse. Clover administrated it to Boxer twice a day after meals, and in the evenings she lay in his stall and talked to him. ...read more.


Boxer was never seen again. Three days later Squealer came and announced the news that Boxer had died in the hospital at Willingdon, despite receiving every attention a horse could have. After that I just switched off for a while, I needed to be by myself, to mourn over the death of my best and only real friend. The best companion a donkey could ever have. Personally, looking back, I now believe the rebellion to be a complete waste of time. The rebellion certainly brought about change, but only the pigs gained power. The rest of us were all as powerless at the end, as we were at the beginning. Take Boxer for example, he put his heart and soul into his work, and he worked his socks off for us all, because it was what he felt he should do, and what he was made to believe in. He was supposed to have a nice, long, peaceful retirement to pay back all his hard work, but the way I see it, is that the rebellion worked him solidly to his death, so he never did experience the other side of life. I gained nothing from the rebellion, and lost my greatest friend. I believe Boxer gained nothing either, but he gave everything, and what for? The loss of his life. ...read more.

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