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From your reading of the book, what would you say are the things that most disgust Orwell regarding human behavior? Back up your view by referring in some detail to passages where you found Orwell's writing most powerful.

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From your reading of the book, what would you say are the things that most disgust Orwell regarding human behavior? Back up your view by referring in some detail to passages where you found Orwell's writing most powerful. From reading "Animal Farm", I was led to believe that Orwell's main purpose and focus of the novel were his political ideas, reflected through this animal fable. He seems to indicate that human nature inevitably ends up in the abuse and corruption of political ideals. So the novel is actually more political, rather than personal, as he doesn't really look into psychology, he looks at the actions of political groups to show his ideologies, rather than feelings. He also shows, through his use of irony and narrative style what his attitude is to the human flaws which seem to gradually betray the principles of the revolution. Orwell uses many linguistic techniques and effects in his writing to convey his thoughts on the aspects of human behavior. One of the very important techniques used by him is irony, along with some aspects of humour. ...read more.

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An example would be Pilkington's lies about the farm in chapter four. Orwell seems to be particularly disgusted by this misleading passing of lies. "Talk of the terrible wickedness that now flourished on animal farm" Ridicule was really the only tactic Pilkington and Frederick had after being frightened, so their strategy was to criticise the farm in order to reassure themselves that this event was 'nonsense'. Orwell creates a clever effect with the word "flourished" as this word is usually used to describe positive events; here, Orwell uses it to describe negative things, which captures more of the reader's attention to the idea of lying and deceit in the sense that humans use it to make themselves look better than others. Scapegoat is one aspect of human behavior, which Orwell does not seem to be impressed with at all. This idea is introduced after the banishment of Snowball. Snowball, who has done so much and worked so hard and came up with so many constructive ideas; has now become the scapegoat for things that went wrong at animal farm. He was actually humiliated when he was banned, as he was an inspiration to many of the animals, and they all looked up to him, and this even ruined his reputation. ...read more.

Conclusion

This idea disgusts Orwell in a way which makes him sort of ashamed of the behavior of humans as he continuously insults the intelligence of the animals in the novel; like how some of the animals couldn't learn the alphabet. After Napoleon becomes the leader, most of the animals forget about the main reason of this revolution, which was freedom and equality. Instead, they go back to the same old lifestyle that they had when Mr. Jones was around. Overall, I think that Orwell uses his animal fable on order to show the people what kind of corruption politics can have on the effect of human behavior. He feels strongly about this, but does not show it through psychology; he uses the political groups to show it to give a more powerful effect. He does not use a stream of consciousness or internal monologues, as most writers would, except for some insight into Clover's thoughts in chapter seven. I personally find chapters six and seven to have the most powerful writing in them, as Orwell begins to use very influential words and phrases to develop the story and his ideologies to create a sense of meaning to the overall effect and moral of the novel. Reina Hashash English homework ...read more.

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