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Animal Farm why did the rebellion fail in the end after all the work, time and, most of all, effort that they put in?

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"Animal Farm" In this C.E.L. I will be writing about a novel called "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, which describes a 'revolution gone wrong'. This is told through the use of animals on a farm in England. But why did the rebellion fail in the end after all the work, time and, most of all, effort that they put in? The novel focuses on animals in a farm in England, called "Manor Farm". While building a windmill for electricity they encounter many problems such as greedy pigs, spiteful men and death. The animals drive all of the men off the farm in anger at what they had done and rename the farm "Animal Farm". The pigs sell Boxer, the old horse, for whisky and everything starts to go downhill. The power-hungry pigs were the main reason for the failure of the rebellion. ...read more.

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The Animalism represents Communism in that everyone is equal and every animal owns the farm just like everyone owns the Government. Snowball represented Leon Trotsky because they were both leaders in the revolution and they both wanted to make life better for everyone. Napolean was a lot like Joseph Stalin as they both were cruel, brutal, selfish and devious, they both aimed for power and wanted to kill all of the opposition. The Dogs that Napolean used to control the rest of the animal, were like the secret police (KGB). They completely obeyed their superiors. They are a secret army that can be used as a threat if the animals refuse to work. The pigs had many ways of threatening the other animals such telling them that they could get Mr. Jones back to take over again. They also used the dogs to scare them. Napoleon trained the farms' puppies up to be vicious blood-sucking mongrels. ...read more.

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All of the sheep had been brainwashed to support Napoleon. They were brainwashed into thinking and bleating, "Two legs good, four legs bad" when the other animals were going to say something or disagree. The raven, Moses, had partly managed to convince the animals that, when they died, they would go to a place called "Sugarcandy Mountain". He also said that there was linseed cake and sugar lumps just growing on the hedges. He claimed this would only be achievable if they worked hard. By doing this he is distracting the animals from the fact that they are starving. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel because of the way it is written. The main reason that the rebellion was disastrous was the fact that the pigs were power-hungry, they had too much control and had the horse, sheep, donkey and raven wrapped around their trotters. So these are the main reasons of why I think the rebellion was a complete and utter failure. Rory Innes ...read more.

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This question orientates around the main plot in George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'. There is an excellently expressed understanding of how the novelis influenced by the Russian Revolution, the KGB, the Birth of Communism and also how the certain animal represent ...

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This question orientates around the main plot in George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'. There is an excellently expressed understanding of how the novelis influenced by the Russian Revolution, the KGB, the Birth of Communism and also how the certain animal represent real life political figures (Old Major being representative of Karl Marx, as an example). There is a lot of emphasis on the characters and what they represent although some are omitted completely or could be explored a little more.

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The Level of Analysis is very good. With recognition of the characters and their roles within the play, the candidate explains to an extent how the rebellion failed. There could be more emphasis on how the animals were helpless without Boxer the horse, and how the animals' stereotypical personalities (the sheep being mindless followers of authority and power) are expressed in the novel.
The candidate draws from a range of moments in the play, though a better use of quoting may serve the candidate (and other candidates wishing to do well in any analytical essay) better stead because this shows an ability to construct a detailed analysis of novels with evidence to back up points made.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication (QWC) is eaverage. Though the candidate's answer is easy to read and there are few spelling mistakes, comma splice and other grammatical errors lower the QWC mark. A more extensive range of puncutation could have been used also.


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