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Consider how Orwell shows the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Proletariat in Animal Farm.

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Consider how Orwell shows the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Proletariat in Animal Farm. This essay will consider what the strengths and the weaknesses of the proletariat are, and how Orwell shows them, including analysis of the irony used throughout the novel. The weaknesses that will be included are: their loyalty, poor memories and gullibility. The strengths that will be included are: their physical strength, they have vision and unity. The first sign of the strength of the animal is in the first chapter: "they should all meet in the big barn as soon as Jones was out of the way" This shows that the animals have the control between them to have a meeting, and to even consider planning a mutiny against the current leader of them, Mr Jones. This also shows that they have vision for a better life. Another of the animals' strengths that comes through in this meeting is their unity. ...read more.


However he does not use his own free will after, he looks to Napoleon to see what he should do with the dog. This is again showing the weakness of Boxer in his loyalty to Napoleon. One of old Major's ideals was: "in fighting man, we must not come to resemble him" This is heavily ironic and in contrast to the end of the book. It also leads to another weakness in the animals, the weakness of not being able to recognise when things are going wrong, until they already have. "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig...it was impossible to tell which was which" This is the very last line in the book, it shows that it has taken the whole novel for the animals to realise what has actually happened, and the pigs only ever had there own interests in mind. One of the main weaknesses of the animals is their loyalty to whoever is in charge of them. ...read more.


She represents the better off or privileged people in a society. She doesn't want change because the way things are to start with suit her more. Her weaknesses are her vanity and selfishness. She is soon a traitor to the ideals of Animalism, and goes to work at another farm. From this essay it is clear that the animals have both strengths and weaknesses, however it is their weaknesses that become their eventual downfall. If the animals had put together their strengths they could have overthrown the pigs. The biggest weakness of the animals was their loyalty to the pigs, if they had not been so loyal they could have had a better life. However the whole novel shows that an idealistic world is impossible to achieve. It may be ideal to some parties, but no world could benefit everyone. Orwell makes this point more effective by writing the novel as a fable, using innocent animals to represent the evil people in the world and especially in Russia, in the Russian revolution. Caroline May 11S ...read more.

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