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Is Animal Farm by George Orwell merely a political argument or does it manage to entertain the reader as a story in itself

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ANDREW ROBINSON 5M PERSONAL STUDY Is Animal Farm by George Orwell merely a political argument or does it manage to entertain the reader as a story in itself In this Personal Study I shall be writing about how Animal Farm by George Orwell entertained me as a novel while putting over a political argument in the process. The opening chapter introduces the theme of revolution that dominates the whole novel, and aswell as doing that it also introduces the farm animals. In Chapter 1 Old Major is the central figure, he gets all the other animals into the barn one night and talks about a revolution, which gets the smartest animals - the pigs, thinking about what could happen. One way in which Orwell makes this story enjoyable in its own right is how he when describing the farm animals, actually describes them in the way of humans, by juxtaposition the "animalness" of the farm animals with traditionally human characteristics. The example of this is then Orwell describes Clover, the mare "who never got her figure back after her fourth foal". This makes the novel more of a story as well as just a political argument. In chapter 2 Old Major, who symbolizes the idealistic, intellectual or abstract vision of a future "Animal Farm", dies. ...read more.

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The tone of Orwell's animal perspective is as always through out the novel, noncommittal and unremarkable, but with a statement like this "Napoleon kept the puppies in such seclusion that the rest of the farm soon forgot their existence" already alerts you to watch out for Napoleon as his suspicious behaviour will climax in future chapters. In Chapter 4 the other farmers that surround Animal Farm, on their farms their have been a subtle behaviour changes like tearing down fences which in the future could lead to a revolution and because of this, start to get worried, and decide with Mr Jones to try to take over Animal Farm. Snowball who is an intellectual has been studying a book of Tactics and he and Boxer lead the charge, while at the same time Mollie the mare runs into the barn in terror. They battle of Cowshed has been one and the animals decide that Snowball and Boxer should be given medals for their bravery. What again is entertaining is the personification of the animals, where they are being honoured for a human emotion/reaction and at the same time these animals are just meant to be animals. What the animals don't know is that by bestowing a medal onto Snowball they are bringing the Snowball / Napoleon feud to a climax, this makes the reader want to read on. ...read more.

Conclusion

Moments like Boxers removal to the horse butcher are when Animal Farm's ironic view becomes most crucial. The animals slowly grasp that Boxer is being sold for glue, but Squealer is easily able to pacify them with a sloppy lie. The reader, however, is not so easily tricked, and this discrepancy between what the animals and the narrating voice believe to be true and what the reader know creates a bitter sense of irony. In the last chapter the whole story climaxes with the animals looking into the farmhouse and finding the pigs playing cards and drinking alcohol with humans This is the scene that the animals finally see the parallels between the pigs and the humans, which is both chilling and also poignant. The animals are honestly not as smart as the pigs, so it is with earnest and gulliable faith that they have withstood the destruction of their revolutionart ideals and the advent of the toltalitarian regime. That is what makes this novel so entertaining aswell as providing a political argument. How the pigs took advantage of the other animals lesser intelligence and made themselves comfortable and in the end ruled the farm under an iron fist of fear and propaganda. ...read more.

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