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  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Orwell use the fable form to explore ideas about power in Animal Farm?

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    Snowball is meant to symbolise Leon Trotsky and how he tries to do good for the country. Snowball has many attributes. He is a very helpful character and tried to help all the animals on the farm." He formed the Egg production Committee... the clean Tails League..., the wild Comrades' Re-education Committee" This shows that Snowball is dedicated to spreading the word of Old Major's revolutionary ideas and teaching the animals to run the farm themselves. However he is not all good as he agrees with the other pigs to steal the sugar for themselves and not to share with the other animals.

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  2. Marked by a teacher

    How does Major seek to persuade the animals in chapter one of Animal Farm?

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    The broken repetition of the word 'man' also adds to the emotive atmosphere, and as old Major becomes more and more heated throughout the speech he begins to repeat the word more and more whi8ch, by the end, perhaps even evokes the word as a 'bad word' a word that should not be uttered, not even under one's breath. 'Man' in this instance also becomes an emotional scapegoat as it were, with criticisms beginning as 'man serves the interests of...but himself' and ending with, 'all habits of men are evil', which, could be described as leaving earlier criticisms and becoming an enemy.

    • Word count: 1085
  3. Marked by a teacher

    Who is the hero of Animal Farm?

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    Boxer, Snowball and Clover seem to fit many of these interpretations of a hero. Boxer Boxer saves the farm again and again, in war and in work. He even gives his life for the farm. Boxer has the quality of a being superhero because he is the biggest and the strongest. Everyone on the farm admires Boxer and he is the inspiration to many animals, "Boxer was the admiration of everybody.", "everyone worked according to his capacity". There are many quotes in the book that relay the point of Boxer being an admiration to everyone; it proves everyone respects him.

    • Word count: 2027
  4. Marked by a teacher

    How Does Napoleon Take and Maintain Control Of Animal Farm?

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    Also, Napoleon used the dogs in the public forum he created by setting an example of what would happen to those animals who chose to disobey him. When it was revealed that some of the animals had done things to side with the Snowball, Napoleon executed them in front of everyone else. Orwell's character Squealer was given a great ability to speak, this helped Napoleon get out of sticky situations and inscribe fear into the animals' heads all at once.

    • Word count: 823
  5. Marked by a teacher

    Animal Farm - Snowball's Diary

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    He is very selfish he is our enemy. He spoke of Rebellion and how we must fight when the time came for future generations to carry on the struggle until it is victorious. Little did we know the Rebellion was going to start so soon. 11th March Napoleon and I decided to hold meetings during the, week to discuss and prepare for the Rebellion if it was to happen. Today I was talking to my comrades about how we could make the farm better for us to live and work on a lot easier because the hours we work on are too long and not all of us

    • Word count: 2147
  6. Marked by a teacher

    The Rain Horse-Diary Extract.

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    There was a strange looking horse on top of the hill. I was very annoyed and irritated because of the rain and mud splashing on my trousers. I felt sick and disgusted at that moment. I looked over my right side and I saw a thin black horse running across the ploughed field towards the hill, its head down, neck stretched out. It didn't look to me like a normal horse, and it seemed to be staring at me. It wasn't like the pony we had when I was young. This horse seemed to have gone astray, and to be behaving strangely.

    • Word count: 924
  7. Peer reviewed

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

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    One thing which relates to the topic is how the pigs are favoured on Animal Farm. The main source for this was because their leader Napolean was a pig, the pigs were subject to favouritism by Napolean, and were given privileges that other animals were not given, such as sleeping in beds, wearing clothes and drinking beer. The pigs were also the only animals involved in making the vital decisions on Animal Farm. The fact emulates in a way how our Government tends to operate. The Government Party members are paid an exuberant amount of money, with this money the members of the Government can purchase costly cars and houses, if they wish to do so.

    • Word count: 773
  8. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm

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    This battle represents the civil war in Russia between the Tsarist forces and the Bolsheviks where the old regime tried to retake power. During the battle of the cowshed Snowball is in the thick of the battle, willing to risk his own life for the security of the animals and is indeed injured by a shotgun. However it's not long before Napoleon uses the dogs, represented as the Russian military police, to exile Snowball and subsequently demonised his entire history at the farm.

    • Word count: 1263
  9. Peer reviewed

    Focusing on THREE key incidents, explore the extent to which language is an effective method of control in "Animal Farm".

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    He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow persuasive. The others said of Squealer that he could turn black into white."(p.9) Here with only his first description we can see that Squealer was a very good talker, and he was good at arguing things. In the story, Napoleon gets advantage of this and he uses him for his own personal use.

    • Word count: 1066
  10. Peer reviewed

    Explore and evaluate the ways in which Orwell presents and structures Old Majors

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    By doing this Orwell presents Old Major as a great leader, who empathises with, and knows the problems of the general population, even if they are not his. However the fact that Old Major is called "Willingdon Beauty" by Orwell, and boasts of his superior lifestyle also presents him as a character who thinks of himself as a cut above the rest; and therefore Orwell plants the seeds of the flaw in the idea of equality between the animals straight away.

    • Word count: 629
  11. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm - Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

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    Napoleon, not being satisfied with the amount of power that he currently had, decided to expel Snowball from Animal Farm with the support of his trained dogs. He did this in blatant disregard to the second of the Seven Commandments of Animalism. "Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. (Chapter 2)" The law is written so that every animal is considered a friend. However, Napoleon chose to treat Snowball as an enemy because Snowball's intentions and plans were seen as too idealistic by Napoleon.

    • Word count: 1007
  12. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm: Compare and contrast Napoleon and Snowball. What methods do they use for their struggle for power?

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    It is, then, no surprise that he painted such a picture of Napoleon and Snowball in "Animal Farm", as he himself could be said to have been rather dictatorial in his ways, even when the subject and cause of his attentions, was so noble and deserving. Animal Farm is said to be an allegory and a satire, meaning that two coherent stories run throughout the piece, and that the attacks made upon the subjects give the appearance that they are worthy of our contempt.

    • Word count: 1015
  13. Peer reviewed

    How does Orwell's novel - 'Animal Farm' reflect events that happened during the russian revoloution in 1917?

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    At the start of the book, when old major a wise, old boar made his speech about the great rebellion against the humans, it was very similar to Marx' statement on communism. Lenin who idolized Marx was inspiration for squealer because when old major gave his speech he used the word "comrade" profusely, and it was a word to unite all the animals against the humans. Squealer adopts this word and uses frequently throughout the book, he benefits from the usage of this word when he tries to get the animals to believe another one of his disgusting lies, he uses it to gain their trust.

    • Word count: 924
  14. Peer reviewed

    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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    The power-hungry pigs were the main reason for the failure of the rebellion. As the pigs (especially Napolean), unlike any other animal on the farm, could read and write. They wrote seven commandments, which, since no other animals could read, were not set and kept changing depending on what the pigs wanted. If they dared to disagree they would face the threat of Mr. Jones returning. The pigs were very good at twisting words to get the animals to agree and follow their lead. They did very well in convincing Boxer to think that "Napolean is always right" especially since he was a very wise horse.

    • Word count: 782
  15. Peer reviewed

    Animal farm

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    When Old Major died, the animals acted quickly and were able to overthrow the humans. Their new idea of government was known as animalism, and it was agreed upon that each creature would work according to their capability and respect the needs of others. Seven commandments were agreed upon and all animals swore faithfully to uphold these laws. The laws were: no animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, kill another animal, those who go upon four legs or have wings are friends and those that walk on two legs are enemies.

    • Word count: 781
  16. Peer reviewed

    Does the rest of the story show the fulfilment of the ideals and aims expressed in Old Major's Speech?

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    This is no longer going to carry along with Old Major's ideals of a classless society. The pigs resemble management in a place of work, which again violates Old Major's rules "remember that also in fighting against man we must not come to resemble him." There is not perfect unity between the animals because of the pigs telling the other animals what to do and when to do it. This does not unite them it drives them apart because deep down they know that they have a leader. The idea of fraternity has gone completely out of the window because the pigs are fighting for money, alcohol and power; whilst the other animals are fighting for peace, unity, equality, fraternity, fairness and justice.

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  17. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm Essay

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    In a way, Jones having all the authority over the farm was a good thing, as all the animals knew where they stood, however, the normal farm animals, who represent the citizens of Russia, wanted more authority and power over the ruling of the farm; the country in Russia's case. Fed up with slaving for Jones and getting nothing except the bare minimum's of food in return, the animals rebel suddenly, using violence to get what they want - similar to the way assassinations and attempted assassinations of major political figures took place in Russia.

    • Word count: 901
  18. Peer reviewed

    The Use of Language in Animal FarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell is an allegory in which animals are personified to represent the struggles

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    Napoleon, the foreman, or leader of the pigs is the most powerful of them all. Napoleon and his "side kick", Squealer, abused the powers of language to manipulate the animals of the farm into thinking that the farm was a beautiful society flourishing with life and freedom, when in fact, it was quite the opposite. An example of how language is used is given at the beginning of the story when Major tells all the animals his predictions for the future, and explains that which must occur, in order to have freedom. They all hear what he is saying, and seemingly agree with it.

    • Word count: 622
  19. Peer reviewed

    Fox hunting should be banned. Do you agree?

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    In my research on fox hunting I have discovered that a fox hunt of some sort takes place in a number of European countries, America, Canada, Russia and elsewhere. I found these statements on the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America (MFAA) website ( http://www.mfha.com ) : "In Britain the goal is to kill the fox. Because there is no rabies in the British Isles, populations of fox are extremely high and fox are considered vermin." "Farmers with sheep farms want the animal numbers controlled.

    • Word count: 722
  20. Peer reviewed

    How has George Orwell used Animal Farm to criticise the Russian Revolution

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    A propaganda about external enemies helped him keep control of Russia, after he drove Trotsky out. There was famine. Stalin became distant, just like Napoleon was seen less and less. Stalin encouraged his followers to worship him. The idea of hard work was proved wrong, and Stalin had absolute power. Boxer is a strong, hard-working horse. He believes that the solution to any problem is to work harder. I know this because Orwell writes "His answer to every problem, every setback, was 'I will work harder'" This shows that he sees work as the answer to everything.

    • Word count: 887
  21. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm

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    The animals blamed their faulty memories for forgetting the commandment. At this point the animals would probably feel that they were hard done by in the reign of napoleon. Orwell has done well to create pity for the animals here. "The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally" (Chapter 10, pg. 107) this quote is written by the pigs who lived the best lives whilst doing the exact opposite, the animals would feel that they would own good lives and if that was as happy as life gets it wasn't worth living.

    • Word count: 785
  22. Peer reviewed

    Overview of Animal Farm

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    Most wars are a good example of this. However when someone does come to total power (totalitarianism) the community don't realize what power they have in these situations. If one worker refuses to do his duty then he is met with conflict and is set t death or another form of punishment, but if the mass of them form together and protest then there is little that the person with total dominance can do, he has to met the problem with another solution than conflict, he has to agree to something that is in the best interest of the people.

    • Word count: 989
  23. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm - explain how Napoleon gained power over the farm and what the book is about.

    3 star(s)

    Napoleon keeps interfering with Old Major's control of the farm and he was pushy, ambitious and he wanted to be a leader. He also was giving them food and trying to get them on his side. Napoleon persuades the other animals to obey him by changing the rules for them, and then to suit him-self. He gave them extra food and tells them he would be a better leader.

    • Word count: 549
  24. Animal Farm - how the seven commandments are adapted.

    We see how Snowball is made to be the hero in the battle of the cowshed, but Napoleon did not like the fact that he did better and made a story that Snowball was a villain and Napoleon gained power we see this here when Squealer promotes Napoleon by saying "Napoleon is always right" as well as making the animals call him Comrade Napoleon "do not imagine comrades, that leadership is a pleasure!". These two quotes show how Napoleon took immediate power over the farm and betrayed Snowball.

    • Word count: 1846
  25. Animal Farm Bookreport - plot outline and its links to the Russian Revolution.

    They forced every animal to work and they instructed the animals in the Seven Commandments of 'animalism'. But the pigs took advantage of their positions and they immediately took the milk that the other animals were not allowed to drink. The animals were looking forward to a new era, an era where animals were in charge of themselves and the humans where not. Mollie, who was a proud horse, had difficulties with the 'animalism', because she was not allowed to wear ribbons anymore. She felt worse by the day and one day she ran away to the human world, where she was happy again.

    • Word count: 2455

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Although 'Animal Farm' is written as a fable to what extent could it be looked at as a comment on human behaviour?

    "So in conclusion the answer to the question is yes it is possible to see the story of animal farm as a comment on human behaviour. I believe this because Orwell described all the animals in the story with terms we use to describe the behaviour of other people for example "benevolent","wise", " motherly" and "foolish". It is probably easy to see that that book dose describe the animals to be an easer way to comment on the human ways of life. If we changed all the animals to people and made the story relevant it would be very hard to think about what goes on in the story for example the battle of the windmill where all those animals were killed, and when Napoleon has lots of the animals killed in front of the other animals."

  • Compare and Contrast "Shooting an Elephant" And "A Hanging".

    "In conclusion to this essay, Orwell displays two different scenarios where killing and no value for so called 'inferior' people in the eyes of Orwell and the superintendent. It can be suggested that Orwell is trying to show people that humans an animals are not diverse and share many similarities and all should be treated equally."

  • Focusing on THREE key incidents, explore the extent to which language is an effective method of control in 'Animal Farm'.

    "In conclusion, we can say that Napoleon uses Squealer to do what he wants and he knows that Squealer can convince anyone or at least influence anyone. From what we have seen, the pen really is mightier than a sword in the Animal Farm since every time Napoleon wanted to pass on something to the animals, he used Squealer's abilities in language, to do so."

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