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    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
  2. 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
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    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.

    • Word count: 1122
  7. Animal Farm Extract - Power and Napoleon

    Furthermore, Napoleon has allot of power, 'Napoleon...now mounted to the raise portion of the floor,' which symbolises how he is superior to the other animals. In the extract, a barbaric impression of the dogs is created due to Orwell's lexical choice to describe the dogs, 'At this there was a terrible baying sound outside and nine enormous dogs wearing brass studied collars came bounding into the barn' here a negative impression of the dogs is created through the adjective, 'terrible' which describes the noise they made.

    • Word count: 1243
  8. Animal Farm

    From the very beginning of the story there are features within Napoleon's character which suggest that he is crooked. Even from the initial description of Napoleon in chapter 2 where he is described as a "large rather fierce looking Berkshire boar on the farm, not much of a talker but with a reputation for getting his own way," (p9) Napoleon's bullying tendencies are established. It is also suggested by the fact that he does not talk much but that he is someone who may well manipulate behind the scenes. From the very start of the rebellion Napoleon is shown to be deceptive .

    • Word count: 1584
  9. To what extent does George Orwell ensure that the reader views Napoleon as the true villain of Animal Farm?

    Before this, he had already murdered innocent animals that had confessed to crimes they hadn't committed. They only did this because they were afraid of Napoleon. We are told that "there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon's feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones." - this dictatorship relied on fear, which he caused amongst the rest of the animals, treating them like slaves when all animals were supposed to be equal and making them work much more for smaller rations, just like in Jones' time.

    • Word count: 1131
  10. How far would you agree that Animal Farm is, as Orwell describes it, A Fairy Story(TM)?

    Just like most dictators in Russia used secret police, for example, the Cheka, and the KGB, so to, here the secret police are represented by the dogs, who are secret in the way in which they were previously just 'spirited away' by Napoleon, whereby everyone just forgot about them, until of course Napoleon released them, and used them to gain superiority over the animals, by use of violence, whereby they could at ease, kill any opposed to Napoleon's ruler ship.

    • Word count: 1748
  11. Presentation - to what extent was the revolution planned

    Whenever things went wrong later in the book, Snowball was to blame. This was so that they had a 'scape-goat', so that if anything were done, they would soon dismiss the fact that the main problems were often because it was Napoleon who changed or bent the rules. For example, Squealer said on behalf of Napoleon: "The resolution against engaging in trade and using money had never been passed. It was pure imagination, probably traceable in the beginning to lies circulated by Snowball, " when in fact, it was Napoleon who wanted to sell the animals' produce for materials to build the windmill.

    • Word count: 1091
  12. Animal Farm, how is Napoleon portryed as an efective leader? Standard Grade English - achevied grade one

    The faster and more logical approach he takes towards the situation at hand he feels will result in him not being overthrown. The deaths of the hens are a threat informing the other animals he is the main power and will not be disobeyed. The approach he takes is heartless and cruel but proves he has the determination to rule. Within the farm luxury food is scarce so the pigs use persuasive techniques to be given the harvest. In particular Squealer gave convincing statements to gain the produce of other animals: "Many of us actually dislike milk and apples.

    • Word count: 1601
  13. Critical Evaluation Animal Farm

    "Animalism" is made up of seven rules - the most important of which is "All animals are equal". The animals manage to overthrow Mr Jones - the owner of the farm and began to live according to the rules of "Animalism". At first all the animals were overjoyed with their new regime but soon the pigs become power-hungry and begin to take more control of the other animals, contradicting the most important rule of the movement. As the book progresses one pig named Napoleon gains complete control of the farm and the farm becomes a dictatorship.

    • Word count: 1425
  14. Compare and contrast Napoleon and Snowball. What methods do they use in their struggle for power?

    Major is likened to Lenin the Bolshevik leader or possibly Karl Marx whose political philosophy they followed. When Major dies three days later, the two young pigs, Napoleon and Snowball assume control and set out to turn Majors dream into reality. The animals revolt and drive the farms owner Mr. Jones away, renaming it 'Animal Farm'. Snowballs character is synonymous with Leon Trotsky; he is intelligent, hardworking and an eloquent orator who seeks to work within the political system to achieve old Major's goals.

    • Word count: 1634
  15. What Strategies Do The Pigs Use To Suppress The Other Animals On The Farm, And How Is This Suppression Heightened Through Orwell's Use Of Language?

    In 1928, Stalin copied Trotsky's idea and industrialised the country. Stalin was initially a moderator but then became a dictator. In 1929, Stalin sent Trotsky out of the Parliament and into exile and blamed Trotsky for all of his own mistakes. This is the same thing that happened to Snowball when Napoleon urinates on his plans and later copies them. Napoleon ends up using his guard dogs to chase Snowball out of the farm in order to allow him to become the leader. Stalin's famous motto was 'You have nothing to lose but your change.'

    • Word count: 1809
  16. This excerpt of Marrakech by George Orwell outlines what times were like in the early half of the 1900's. Funerals at the time were unimportant events that were not worth remembering

    This excerpt is spoken from the perspective of a third person, giving a very abstract view of the way that these people live. However, this changes to a second person perspective towards the end of the text, making it seem like advice to the reader. The text is purely descriptive, without a particular character that the story centers around. However, this excerpt could also be the description of this place and its habits by someone to another person. The text is focused around a funeral, describing the ritual in which it is carried out.

    • Word count: 1026
  17. Animal Testing Should be Banned

    In this experiment Twenty-five of the dogs eventually died. One of the deaths occurred during an epileptic seizure; another from a brain hemorrhage. Other dogs, before death, became feverish and anemic, lost their appetites, and had hemorrhages. The experimenters in their published report, compared their results with that of other experiments conducted at the University of Utah and the Argonne National Laboratory in which beagles were injected with Strontium 90. They concluded that the dose needed to produce early death in fifty percent of the sample group differed from test to test because the dogs injected with Strontium 90 retain more of the radioactive substance than dogs forced to inhale it.

    • Word count: 1332
  18. How does Napoleon become Leader of animal farm, what are the consequences and what does this say about Orwell's view of leaders in our society

    This proves that they didn't get along because they would argue whenever it was possible. Napoleon didn't like this because he wanted to get things his own way even if Snowball's plans were more beneficial for the farm than his. Napoleon needed something that would get rid of his nearest rival for good; this is where the dogs or 'Napoleon's secret police' come into the novel. Napoleon takes the 'nine sturdy puppies' as they are referred to, near the end of chapter three. He tells their mother's, Jessie and Bluebell that 'He will make himself responsible for their education, he took them up into a loft room which could only be reached by a ladder

    • Word count: 1365
  19. George Orwell's Animal Farm

    The dogs signify Stalin's KGB secret police, which he used to hunt down his enemies and make people fear him. Orwell ridicules the use of fear because it is an evil tool that dictators use to extort their people. Another example is how Squealer makes the animals believe that they have better lives, Napoleon helps them, and Snowball is an enemy by persuading them with arguments like, "Surely you do not want the Jones' back?" This represents how Stalin used the Pravda to publish his brainwashing propaganda and lies about how well the Soviet Union was doing.

    • Word count: 1022
  20. Social Criticism in Literature

    Besides the central theme of love, is another prevalent theme, that of a revolution gone bad. He shows us that, unfortunately, human nature causes us to be vengeful and, for some of us, overly ambitious. Both these books are similar in that both describe how, even with the best of intentions, our ambitions get the best of us. Both authors also demonstrate that violence and the Machiavellian attitude of "the ends justifying the means" are deplorable. George Orwell wrote Animal Farm, ". . . to discredit the Soviet system by showing its inhumanity and its back-sliding from ideals [he] valued .

    • Word count: 1524
  21. Animal Farm -Language and Meaning

    This is also reminiscent of the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Pravda, which was often used to rewrite the past. (Ironically, its title means "Truth.") When a bad winter forces a reduction in food rations to the animals, Squealer calls it a "readjustment." In a totalitarian state, language can be used to change even the past. Squealer explains to the animals "that Snowball had never-as many of them had believed hitherto-received the order of 'Animal Hero, First Class'."

    • Word count: 1213
  22. Power and Possession in Animal Farm

    By intimidating someone, one would be too frightened to stand up for his or her self. Thus, he or she would have no other choice but to go along with the event of intimidation. In Napoleon's case, he uses intimidation by having a group of dogs to stand as his bodyguard. "Silent and terrified, the animals crept back into the barn. In a moment the dogs came bounding back. At first no one had been able to imagine where these creature came from, but the problem was soon solved: they were the puppies whom Napoleon had taken away from their mothers and reared privately.

    • Word count: 1093
  23. Gus germs and steel

    2. Technology, or the guns and the steel, was used in exterminating the Incas. The germs that the Spaniards brought over on their horses produced small pox. 3. Diamond refers to the battle at Cajamarca a collision because two of the greatest empires "collided" in a huge fight. Chapter 4 1. Societies with successful food production would grow because there was enough food for everyone. The greatest food producers became the world conquerors because they were a big society with big ideas for technology. 2. The development of diseases connected to food production and sedentary societies because the germs that mutated usually came from plants or animals.

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  24. Animal Farm - analysis of Satire

    For example, although Napoleon seems at first to be a good leader, he is eventually overcome by greed and soon becomes power-hungry. Of course Stalin did too in Russia, leaving the original equality of socialism behind, giving him all the power and living in luxury while the common pheasant suffered. Orwell explains: "Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer - except of course for the pigs and the dogs." The perennial topic of satire is to point out the frailties of the human condition, and this is one of Orwell's central themes in Animal Farm .

    • Word count: 1008
  25. Media Coursework comparison of two media texts

    That is why pictures are not included in this article. On the Animal Rights article the title clearly reads in bold black writing in Arial font 'It's a crying shame.' This is rather effective I think because there is a picture of a canines face on the page and it appears to be very sad and crying, thus getting the point across to the reader. On the reverse side of the leaflet there are various different texts but they are not in boxes so the general look of the leaflet is open and is easier to read.

    • Word count: 1210

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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