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Re-read pages24-27, the Battle of the Cowshed. What impact does this have on you?

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Introduction

ANIMAL FARM Coursework Title 1: Re-read pages24-27, the Battle of the Cowshed. What impact does this have on you? The Battle of the Cowshed is a key extract from the novel 'Animal Farm'. Orwell uses different techniques to leave an impact on each individual. For example, in the first paragraph, Orwell uses complex sentences in order to move us more quickly into the battle and prepares us for the action. 'Jones who was marching ahead with a gun' is a scene repeated by Napoleon at the end of the novel, where he is holding a gun and marching ahead of the pigs, which is the first phase of the pigs turning into humans. The gun also becomes a part of 'Animal Farm'. In the second paragraph, 'Snowball, who had studied an old book...which he had found in the farmhouse', shows the oath being disobeyed and goes against preserving the farmhouse as a museum. 'He gave his orders quickly' is one of many examples where a leader is brought to life and goes against equality between the animals. ...read more.

Middle

Shows how every detail was well-planned out and thought of. 'Snowball now gave the signal for charge...dashed straight at Jones', a contrast scene to the Battle of the Windmill where Napoleon is behind all the animals. 'Pellets scored bloody streaks...flung his 15 stone against Jones's legs...striking out with his great iron-shod hoofs...they were gored, kicked, bitten, trample on' shows the determination of the animals and how they are fighting for everyone on the farm. The Battle of the Cowshed unites the animals. 'Bitten, trample on' is the climax of the battle and ends the action. 'Even the cat...sank her claws in his neck', shows how the cat gets involved in the good of the animals even if in the beginning of the novel she was described as being very selfish and vain, she still fights for the farm and all the animals. Orwell eliminates Napoleon from the battle because he is not a key player in the battle and that Napoleon won't do anything unless it is for his own benefit. ...read more.

Conclusion

While in the Battle of the Mill they weren't celebrating. 'Flag run up...'Beasts of England' sang' are Animalism symbols that are abolished in the end of the novel by Napoleon, and symbols of dictatorship and money are introduced. In the twelfth paragraph, 'military symbols' are used to give a sort of a prize for those animals that fought in the battle; these symbols are used by humans, and they go against the commandments. I believe the significance of the battle is important to the novel as a whole because it is the beginning of animalism and unity of the animals where they have a good community and a fair leader in contrast to the end of the novel where there is inequality and dictatorship. With Snowball the animals were unified and victory was an easily-earned trait while after Snowballs' ban and Napoleons' dictatorship and leadership the animals lose everything. In my opinion, Snowball was the fair leader while Napoleon wasn't and thus started the downfall of animalism. Therefore, Snowball and the Battle of the Cowshed oppose to Napoleon and the Battle of the Mill. Natalie Petersen 4Green 929 words including quotes ...read more.

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