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Animal farm - How has Orwell's writing in this extract affected your response to the events he described?

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How has Orwell's writing in this extract affected your response to the events he described? George Orwell has used many techniques of writing such as irony and humour to portray significant events throughout Animal Farm. This extract, just after the slaughter of the 'disloyal' animals (one of the most emotive of the events in the book), is no exception and so I will be analysing and interpreting the response of readers as well as making links to other parts in the book. 'Loud singing' could be heard from the farmhouse, this is just after the pigs have come across a 'case of whiskey'. It is not the singing itself, which is the 'surprise' to the animals but the song that is being sung, Beasts of England. Beasts of England, the song of rebellion and hope, has just been banned. The banishment of the song stood for the destruction of old Major's vision of a 'perfect unity' between animals. Also the song signifies rebellion and so Napoleon has forbidden it to extinguish any fighting spirit against his dictator-led regime. ...read more.

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On the other hand the reaction from the animals is tremendous; 'a cry of lamentation went up' and they had 'tears in their eyes' while asking each other 'what they should do if their leader were taken away from them'. As readers it is very frustrating to see the animals act so pathetically, that they are so dependant upon 'comrade Napoleon' their 'leader'. Later on Squealer declared 'the drinking of alcohol was to be punished by death', this was Napoleon's last decree. This again is comical to us because he isn't going to die neither will it be his last act upon the earth. Napoleon 'pronounced' the decree resulting from his own belief that he was going to die. Snowball has once again been used as a scapegoat; Orwell has depicted Snowball as the more intelligent and resourceful of the pigs, a 'vivacious pig' and 'more inventive'. I think he has done this in order to show that these types of revolution leaders like Trotsky will never prevail over those who use forceful tactics alongside fear. Napoleon has a 'reputation of getting his own way' and is the successful leader of this revolution symbolising such important figures in history like Stalin and Hitler. ...read more.

Conclusion

Again this is exasperating because we can see that Ben is not going to have the courage to interfere until it is too late. Squealer's nightly visit confirms that he's been adjusting the commandments with the intention of benefiting the pigs. Muriel's keen interest in the commandments suggests that the smartest of the working animals have realised what is happening but conceal their knowledge with deliberate unawareness or possibly willing ignorance since they are kept in fear by Napoleon and his dogs. The dogs do not only protect Napoleon but all the pigs as shown when they 'made a ring round Squealer' after he had fallen, preventing any intrusion by the animals. The dogs are an evil force, which help Napoleon maintain power. The narrator of Animal Farm is closely linked with the working animals; he recounts the story in deliberate ignorance. This is how the animals are viewed, ignorant, although this is not the case. Since the animals are ruled by fear it would be unwise to discuss or even think about going against Napoleon's regime, due to the increasing power sustained through the dogs and the growing number of pigs. ...read more.

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