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Animal Farm is not just about a story about animals it is about human nature and behaviour. Discuss.

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Animal Farm Animal Farm is not just about a story about animals it is about human nature and behaviour. "Animal Farm" by George Orwell is a novel based on the lives of a society of animals living on the Manor Farm. Although the title of the book suggests the book is merely about animals, the story is a much more in depth analysis of the workings of society in Communist Russia. The animals are used as puppets to illustrate how the communist class system operated, and how Russian citizens responded to this, and how propaganda was used by early Russian leaders such as Stalin, and the effect this type of leadership had on the behaviour of the people of Russia. One thing which relates to the topic is how the pigs are favoured on Animal Farm. ...read more.

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They threatened that if Napolean was not in leadership Jones may come back. This happens in our society during the election period , the opposing parties all warn the public of the consequences of voting the other party, and how bad it would be if they were in power. The issue of Boxer the horse represents how people are used for their skills and talents. As soon as they are not needed they are disregarded. Boxer was the hardest worker on the farm, he contributed the most to the development of the windmill. As soon as Boxer was unable to continue working, Napolean got rid of him. "Boxer's face disappeared at the at the window...Boxer was never seen again." This scene illustrates that "Animal Farm" is a story about human nature, as it is a human tendency to use people to achieve certain means, but disregard them as soon as they are no longer needed. ...read more.

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Although "Animal Farm" tells the story of Russian society using animals, the fact that it is a story about real people makes "Animal Farm" a story about human nature and behaviour. Lauren Archibald word count: 627 Plan Paragraph 1) Introduction "Animal farm" is a novel based on the lives of a society of animals living on the manor farm. Paragraph 2) Discuss how the pigs are favoured on Animal farm, and how they get special privileges that the other animals don't get, such as making important decisions, this relates to human behaviour because it relates to our leaders ( government )Based on how class system operates in a communist society - government and it's advisers are the highest class, whilst the workers are catergorised as the lower class (proletariat). Paragraph 3) Discuss the human behaviour of love: Clover taking care of Boxer and spending time with him when he was ill. Paragraph 4) ...read more.

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This is an excellent essay. The contextual analysis far exceeds the expectations of any GCSE student and the comparisons drawn between the events of the Russian Revolution and the events of the novel are explicitly noted and commented on critically ...

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This is an excellent essay. The contextual analysis far exceeds the expectations of any GCSE student and the comparisons drawn between the events of the Russian Revolution and the events of the novel are explicitly noted and commented on critically to a great extent. I love the way the candidate incorporates Orwell's parallels into their analysis, as it shows the examiner the candidate has a good knowledge of world history as well as how to analyse prose effectively. The detail supplied to individual characters is also good and demonstrates a close attention to detail with regard to character appreciation - overall a great essay.

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The Level of Analysis is also very good. The candidate shows through a number of perceptive comparisons that the novel by Orwell is far from the simplistic and ironically labelled "Fairy story" (as Orwell calls it). It's historic and social resonance goes far beyond something of fantasy and the candidate does an excellent job of recognising this. The analysis is nicely structured and demonstrates a good grasp of how to coherently form an effective essay (aided by the plan), and how the animals of Animal Farm come to represent very real people, rather than just vehicles for a fictitious plot.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication is fine. Though no challenging lexis is used at any time, the candidate still demonstrates very good control over their use of the English Language. There is no cause for concern with regards to the candidate's grammar, spelling and/or punctuation.


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