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(GCSE) Animal Farm -"What do you think of the pigs in the novel?"

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What do you think of the pigs in the novel? Orwell makes it clear from the start that the pigs are supposed to represent something and his casual language makes the novel very clear and it is easy to understand. The novels' main focus is the pigs and how they use the death of Old Major and the Rebellion to manipulate and control Animal farm. I think Old Major gives the impression of a very important figure and respected animal at the start of the book, he represents Karl Marx who inspired the idea of the revolt in Russia. The other pigs that played a big role in the novel were similar to the people who wanted to be in the"inner circle" and would encourage Stalin's ways or use propaganda. Snowball who represents Trotsky who had good intentions for the rebellion and wanted "Permanent Revolution". ...read more.

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The novel mentions Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer early in the novel and how they had "elaborated old Major's teachings into a complete system of thought called Animalism." Orwell makes a point of introducing these three pigs and I think they are the animals you expect to hear from most as they are very eager to take control and make it clear who is in charge. The corruption of the pigs is firstly marked when the milk and apples disappear. It is the first point in the novel when the pigs take advantage of their position. The pigs all agree even Napoleon and Snowball that they should have the apples and milk. It is revealed at this point how secretive the pigs are as they take the milk and apples without asking or calling a meeting with the other animals. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another time when the pigs deceive the animals is when they change the seven commandments several times to suit them. The pigs use excuses and it shows how clever the pigs are because the other animals do not even notice that they are being deceived. When the pigs change the commandment of "No animal will sleep in a bed" it is altered secretly again to "No animal will sleep in a bed with sheets". After this, the pigs easily explain to the animals that there is nothing wrong with a bed, but only the sheets. They are able to persuade and trick the animals to believe this. This reinforces the fact that the pigs were extremely clever and knew how to exploit the other animals' weaknesses. I believe that the pigs' greed and selfishness was what lead to the Rebellion going so badly wrong but Orwell shows through the pigs that everyone cannot be equal. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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