• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'Jane Eyre and Animal Farm' - Abuse of power.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Wide reading 'Jane Eyre and Animal Farm' Abuse of power 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others' George Orwell, Animal farm 'Jane Eyre' and ' Animal Farm'. Two entirely different novels with seemingly nothing in common, in fact the genres are of no similarity and the characters do not even classify under the same categorical species. However, both books similarly share an aim, and are essentially alike in what they intend to achieve. 'Jane Eyre' and 'Animal Farm' are both novels used as vehicles for social comment and similarly contain an underlying message against the inequality of society, which in this case is the abuse of power. Styles of writing do however differ greatly. The authors use strikingly different writing techniques and style also contrasts dramatically. 'Jane Eyre', having been written during the Victorian era, is a notably more lengthy novel to that of Animal Farm. This is mainly due to the fact that Charlotte Bronte uses a great deal of description throughout the novel, as was usual in Victorian literature. Another reason for this difference could be that Charlotte Bronte concentrates greatly on the novel as a story as well trying to put a message across to the public, whereas Animal Farm was written purposefully as an allegory and uses the story simply to keep the reader entertained. Charlotte Bronte tends to use a very complex sentence structure as well as complex vocabulary, for example, it would not be unusual to come across a sentence of the sort; ' Unjust! -unjust! Said my reason, forced by the agonising stimulus into precocious though transitory power...' George Orwell would however disagree with Charlotte Bronte's style of writing, as he believed that a message was best conveyed through simple, straightforward language. This belief is reflected in the style with which Animal farm is written; in simple, plain language, also often lacking use of imagery. ...read more.

Middle

However, when the reader learns how hypocritical his views are, we are forced to loathe him even more. Just as Mr Brocklehurst is giving his speech on humbleness, how all girls are to wear plain, simple cotton frocks and by no means have curly hair otherwise it shall be immediately cut off, his family conveniently arrive to meet him; '...They were splendidly attired in velvet, silk, and furs. The two younger of the trio had grey, beaver hats, then in fashion, shaded in ostrich plumes, and from under the brim of this graceful head-dress fell a profusion light tresses, elaborately curled...a false front of French curls.' So it is in this manner that Mr Brocklehurst runs the school, abusing his power and being able to do so by excusing the poor conditions of the school with religion, rather than spending more money to ensure the well being and health of the students. George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' also uses characters to convey messages concerning social issues, however he also uses them to portray different political historical figures throughout the Russian revolution, highlighting socialism and communism. For example Mr Jones is a representation of Tsar Nicholas ll, or on a wider spectrum, the monarchy. Through Mr Jones's character, who on the literal level of the story is a farmer, the reader is able to determine what George Orwell himself thought of the monarchy prior to and during the Russian revolution. Therefore, the fact that Mr Jones mistreated the animals is a reflection of how Orwell believed the Russian monarchy abused its people; '...Our lives are miserable, laborious and short. We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength... the life of an animal is misery and slavery.' The quote above formed part of Old Major's speech, a representation of Karl Marx's theories on the benefits of communism. ...read more.

Conclusion

Just as Napoleon murders any animal that questions his actions, Stalin expelled or murdered anybody who spoke out against him. All the seven commandments, the seven unalterable laws by which, it was said, all animals must live for ever after, are throughout the novel altered by the pigs in order to excuse their actions. For example, the fifth commandment, which read; 'no animal shall drink alcohol', is later secretly changed by the pigs to ' no animal shall drink alcohol in excess.' All the animals are ready to accept this, believing they had remembered wrongly and that there were two words they had actually forgotten. The metaphor for alcohol in the novel is actually symbolic of money and represents how the communists in Russia ended up disregarding the ideals of communism, and distributed the money just as unequally and selectively as it had been under the Tsar's capitalist regime. The final event, which confirms undoubtedly to the reader that the pigs have completely abandoned any ideals of animalism they had ever set off with in the first place, occurs in the final chapter of the book; ' ...out of the door of the farmhouse came a long file of pigs, all walking on their hind legs, some did it better than others...everyone of them made his way right round the yard successfully'. All throughout the novel, the most memorable and frequent of chants had been,' four legs good, two legs bad', and now that the pigs have gone against this rule, there seems to be no rule left to break. The pigs have now reached the peak of their tyranny, they have broken every rule there was left to break and abandoned any shred of true communism they still had. There is now no difference between the pigs and the humans, or in other words, the reigns of Stalin and of Tsar Nicholas II; 'The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to tell which was which.' Zuleika c 10DJ 3,930 words ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Animal Farm section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Animal Farm essays

  1. The main elements of Napoleon's character.

    fulfil this by the example of Boxer --- are not by the golden, empty words of Squealer. BOXER Boxer's great strength is emphasised very early. He is "an enormous beast ... as strong as any two ordinary horses put together".

  2. "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig and ...

    "They were all slain on the spot. And so the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon's feet." (p. 93) In the same way, Stalin banished all of his opposition.

  1. Compare and contrast the themes of revolution in Animal Farm by George Orwell and ...

    Both authors might also be trying to show that you must do something that you believe in. both of these characters are brave, courageous, organised and very communist. They both want freedom for their fellow friends. Both of the characters are hardly different.

  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Comparison of Orwell's Original Novel with the animated ...

    he could turn black to white". This tells the readers that he is able to change the minds of certain group members to agreement instead of disagreement. He could quite easily turn animal's views against or for something in his favour.

  1. Summarization of animal farm chapters 1-10

    The animals are not strong enough, and the animals, signalled by Snowball, take flight. The men shout in triumph and chase the animals as they leave. This is just the moment Snowball has been waiting for. As soon as they are inside the Yard, three horses, three cows, and the pigs emerge and cut them off.

  2. Comparison between two novels; Frankenstein and Animal Farm - how dream, power and corruption ...

    George Orwell's real name was Eric Blair. He was born in 1903. He went to school at Eton, and after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living writing novels and essays.

  1. Explore the ways in which the rules of animalism are charged during the novel ...

    They all get drunk and start singing loudly. Rule 5 is "no animals shall drink alcohol. Muriel goes to read through the commandments again. She assumes the other animals are wrong because she can't remember the words "to excess" being there before. In Chapter 10 the pigs are seen coming out of the farmhouse, walking on their back legs.

  2. Animal Farm.

    Looking in at the party of elites through the farmhouse window, the common animals can no longer tell which are the pigs and which are the human beings. Character List Napoleon - The pig who emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after the Rebellion.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work