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  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell

    It was this rebellion which signalled the beginning of communism in red China. This communism, much like the distorted Stalin view of socialism, is still present today in the oppressive social government in China. Boxer and Clover are used by Orwell to represent the proletariat, or unskilled labour class in Russian society. This lower class is naturally drawn to Stalin (Napoleon) because it seems as though they will benefit most from his new system. Since Boxer and the other low animals are not accustomed to the "good life," they can't really compare Napoleon's government to the life they had before under the Czars (Jones).

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  2. Animal farm and communism

    The animals go hysterical and when Mr. Jones tries to stop them, he gets overthrown. The pigs make up the seven commandments, and they write them on a wall. They are very important as later the pigs who eventually alter it to their benefit, so they can get their way around things. The animals also decide that no animal will enter the farmhouse, and that no animal will have contact with humans, and no animal will engage in trade. After some time Jones comes back with help to recapture the farm. The animals fight bravely, and manage to drive Jones away.

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  3. Compare and contrast the themes of revolution in Animal Farm by George Orwell and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    Dickens' Tale of Two Cities uses the French Revolution to show how human nature is vengeful and often too ambitious. Both books describe how ambition get the best of us and that violence and the deceitful attitude of the "the ends justifying the means" are unforgivable. As the title of "Animal Farm" suggests that the novel is set on a farm. The animals are anthropomorphic although they do behave in their characteristics as species. The dogs and the sheep's are the perfect example, sheep's always follow each other and this is shown in Animal farm.

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  4. Essay on Animal Farm By George Orwell

    In my opinion, one important event in the Russian Revolution which stood out to me and shocked me was when many ideas came from Karl Marx, a German economist, whose major work Das Capital proposed a society in which all people would be free and equal. Marx died in 1883 and never saw the revolution he had inspired. George Orwell wrote about this event in chapters 1&2 of Animal Farm. This is when Old Major inspires everyone with his heart-warming speech and convinces everyone to have a rebellion.

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  5. How does Animal Farm work on three levels?

    The aim of this essay is to prove that the book does indeed work on all 3 levels. The first and simplest level of Animal Farm is that of a fable or allegory. When Orwell uses the term, a fairy story, he is being rather tongue-in-cheek. Animal Farm both fable and allegory elements, a fable being a fictional story often using animals as characters and has a moral while an allegory is the story of one subject in the guise of another. As Animal Farm contains both we can assume that Orwell was attempting to make some specific comments about the nature of society and the people who compromise it.

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  6. Pastiche of Animal Farm

    Already in the title, "How the evil lions destroyed the jungle" one figures that lions are evil. The reason for this obvious bias was not to criticize Americans. Rather, it was to make the reader understand that symbolism is a powerful weapon that anybody can use. How the evil lions destroyed the jungle. Once upon the time there was a jungle where all animals lived happily together. The animals prayed to God and in return God rewarded the animals with happy lives and sent them to paradise when they died. Not far from the jungle there was a savanna where the evil lions lived.

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  7. Is Flora a Force for Good in Cold Comfort Farm?

    The free spirit of Elfine and her love of poetry seem 'deplorable' to Flora and are completely in opposition to Flora's modern, urban, commonsensical beliefs. After talking about the upper middle class man that Elfine is in love with to Flora, Flora immediately takes upon a type of project changing Elfine and helping her to win the heart of her love- Dick Hawk-Monitor and the approval of his parents. Together with Flora's aid Elfine is remodelled to fit the part of a normal middle- class housewife making her a perfect match for Dick Hawk-Monitor.

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  8. Analysis of the Christian (or another religion) teachings to the ethical debate about animal rights

    Philosophers and professors rationally and laboriously work through ethical proofs, highlighting humanity's inconsistent and arbitrary use of non-human animals. Doctors, both traditional and alternative, nurses, athletes, and nutritionists expound the profound health benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets. Scientists and anti-vivisectionists attack not only the frivolous testing of toiletries and household products on animals, but also medical experiments claimed to save human life. Environmentalists and biologists condemn animal agriculture as a major contributor to the destruction, degradation, and pollution of the earth's soil, air, and water. It seems the struggle for animal rights is moving forward on all fronts, challenging many people to rethink their relationship to non-human animals.

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  9. Why Did George Orwell Write Animal Farm?

    At first, the changes seem to be much better, but when the pigs start to take up human behaviour, this is when the so-called 'good' changes, turn bad. In the 'Animal Farm' story, there is a lot of interest in the farm from outsiders. This is indicating the Russian Revolution, when at this time there was a lot of interest in Russia from other countries. After the Russian Revolution, Russia was seen as a 'workers paradise.' This is how the animals saw 'Animal Farm' immediately after the Revolution.

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  10. “Man is truly a creature of instinct and emotion: a member of the animal kingdom”. How far do Ted Hughes’ short stories “Sunday” and “The Rain Horse” illustrate this idea?

    but by intense emotions he feels as a result of over-coming his fear, sense of shame and confusion in revisiting his past: "an obscure confusion of fright and shame..." This is a representation of modern man's reluctance to acknowledge his animal instincts and primitive past. Yet "under the surface of his mind" lurks Man's own instinctive animal, which is brought out in both of the two stories. In "Sunday" the idea of man's animal-like nature is in the portrayal in the way Michael uses the image the wolf to as a comforter against constraint, his inherent natural empathy towards the rats and Billy Red's act.

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  11. Animal Farm

    They held secret meetings where they tried to convince the other animals of their home-made system of thought: Animalism. And then a few months later the Rebellion came, without anyone really knowing it (exactly as in Russia). The Animals threw all human beings out of the Manor Farm, and destroyed lots of things that belonged to Mr Jones. So far in the book everything looked good from the animals' point of view. But after a while strange things started to happen.

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  12. Dear Squealer,

    Our lives will be his and only for his wishes, we have and will be turned into personal slaves for Napoleon to have at his disposal. He will change issues that we use to believe in; he will brain wash us into believing what he wants us to. I need your help to stop this tyrant. What I propose is that we join together to from a new equal society, run by ourselves.

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

    Another of the animals' strengths that comes through in this meeting is their unity. Without having unity they would not have been able to overthrow Jones. A symbol of the unity is the song, Beasts of England. They sung it in: "in tremendous unity" They are all united for the same thing. This, ironically, wakes up Jones and angers him. However he is angry about the noise and not the song, this is in contrast to later in the novel, when the farmers are angry about the song, because they fear the rebellion that the animals could have.

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  14. The Russian Revolution and Animal Farm

    This "Animalist" movement is lead by Old Major. Old Major is an old prize pig on the farm that bluntly mentions the idea of revolution to all the animals. Old Major's role compares to Marx whose ideas were to lead to the communist revolution as well as a criticism of his convictions of democratic Socialism. Like Old Major, Marx gave speeches to the poor working class. The working class in Russia, as compared with the barnyard animals in Animal Farm, were a laboring class of people that received low wages for their work.

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  15. Animal Farm – Napoleon and Snowball

    For example, he leads the other animals to believe that he is kind when Old Major dies "Let us give him a decent burial." Snowball, however, is more demanding. He made orders to the animals to get what he wanted. He laid the rules down for animal farm and introduced the animals to voting. When Mollie was late for work he demanded why, "Why were you late again for work this morning?" Napoleon contributes to Animal Farm by the suggestion that the young should be educated.

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  16. Analysis of the role of Boxer in Animal Farm

    The pigs depended on him for his seemingly never-ending source of strength: "nothing could have been achieved without Boxer, whose strength seemed equal to that of all the rest of the animals put together". It is this strength and simplicity of the lower working class that was exploited by Stalin in real life. The pigs also used him to persuade the other animals to not question their authority or the decisions that they made. Boxer does this subconsciously by the use of his own mottos and as he puts them into action: "Squealer made excellent speeches on the joy of

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  17. The Truth behind Animal Rights and Wrongs- Derived from balanced and biased texts.

    Similar topics they may be, one Animal Rights and wrongs' is balanced and gives two perspectives, why testing is good and bad. The Animal Aid leaflet is biased, its only there to persuade us to stop testing, by looking at its every negative points. Rarely does it mention the benefits, when it does it is followed by criticism. By looking at the sub-headings you can clarify the above. 'Animal Rights and Wrongs' is what we call a formal piece of text.

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  18. Should Scientific Experiments On Animals Be Allowed?

    Therefore, the argument goes, animals have different illnesses and diseases from people and different reactions to the drugs being designed for human use. All mammals, however, have the same organs performing the same functions but with minor differences. It is these small differences, which point the way for scientists trying to find a treatment or cure for an illness. Diseases such as cancer, asthma and heart failure are just some of the ailments common to animals and humans and can hold the key to a treatment or cure common to both.

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  19. Explore the ways in which the rules of animalism are charged during the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell.

    Squealer gives the animals the explanation that milk and apples have been scientifically proven to contain substances which are absolutely necessary for a pigs "well-being". The animals accept Squealers explanation without argument. They do this because they believe what he says. A few animals feel that it is a little unfair, and refer back to the equality rule, but they decide not to say anything because Squealer is Napoleons' side-kick and Napoleon is the boss. I think the pigs want the apples just out of sheer greed and because of their power. They do it because they know they can.

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  20. Joseph Stalin & Napolean

    early Russian leaders such as Stalin, and the effect this type of leadership had on the behaviour of the people of Russia. Animal Farm is not just a story about animals it is about human nature and behaviour. Animal Farm is basically a science fiction story based on the Russian Revolution and put into a book, where instead of humans, the animals are the main characters. Animal Farm is also a story about how power can overcome people who don't know how to use it correctly and from that, in almost any situation comes a revolution or as it was stated in Animal Farm a rebellion.

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  21. Animal Farm Book Review

    And also who came were the Hens, Pigeons and Pigs. At every meeting Old Major would say the same thing, which he is getting old and he is going to die soon. And that if the animals did not take over the farm, the humans (Mr. Jones) is going to kill them. After every meeting they would sing a song named 'The Beast Of England', this was to commemorate the animals that died by the hands of the humans. Three nights afterwards, Old Major Died.

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  22. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift and Animal Farm by George Orwell.

    He saw himself primarily as a political writer. A democratic socialist, who avoided party labels, hated totalitarianism and he became progressively disillusioned with methods of communism, his plain, colloquial style made him a highly effective pamphleteer and journalist. One of his first pamphlets was called ' Inside the Whale' (1940). Out of all Orwell's work Animal Farm is still the most famous and the way it deals with political satire. Both Swift and Orwell mixed in literary circles, Swift with writers such as Steele, Addison, Congreve and Pope.

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  23. ‘He was but the ruin of a man’. What factors have contributed to Ethan’s tragic fate?

    He runs a farm which seems to be run down and again because of the time there were no farm subsides to help Ethan out so the farm worries add to his plight. Mattie's 'coming to [the] house' was due to her having no work to do or anywhere to stay. After her father's death she was 'left on her own to make her way on fifty dollars'. There were fewer job opportunities for women in the nineteenth century, hence Mattie's 'plight'.

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  24. George Orwell – Animal Farm

    " No book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude" George Orwell -'Why I Write' After changing the content of Animal Farm, George Orwell contacted the well-known publishers 'Penguin' and asked them to consider publishing his story. After reading his script of Animal Farm, 'Penguin' agreed to publish the story Orwell had worked hard on and amended to get accepted. As a result of the of the successful publication, 'Animal Farm' today, has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into hundreds of languages.

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  25. Dipylidium, otherwise known as the Double Pore Tapeworm.

    Human infections have been recorded in Europe, the Philippines, China, Japan, Argentina, and the United States. The life cycle of Dipylidium requires two hosts, an intermediate host and a definitive host. An infected animal's rear end becomes contaminated with eggs and the eggs are passed in the feces. When a flea or louse ingests the eggs from the feces, it becomes the intermediate host. In the louse, the eggs hatch and penetrate the body cavity. There, they begin to develop, and form a cyst. The development of the cyst cannot be completed without the definitive host. When the flea or louse is ingested by a dog or cat, the cyst opens and the parasite is released.

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