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    How Does Napoleon Take and Maintain Control Of Animal Farm?

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    Also, Napoleon used the dogs in the public forum he created by setting an example of what would happen to those animals who chose to disobey him. When it was revealed that some of the animals had done things to side with the Snowball, Napoleon executed them in front of everyone else. Orwell's character Squealer was given a great ability to speak, this helped Napoleon get out of sticky situations and inscribe fear into the animals' heads all at once.

    • Word count: 823
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    The Rain Horse-Diary Extract.

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    There was a strange looking horse on top of the hill. I was very annoyed and irritated because of the rain and mud splashing on my trousers. I felt sick and disgusted at that moment. I looked over my right side and I saw a thin black horse running across the ploughed field towards the hill, its head down, neck stretched out. It didn't look to me like a normal horse, and it seemed to be staring at me. It wasn't like the pony we had when I was young. This horse seemed to have gone astray, and to be behaving strangely.

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  3. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm is not just about a story about animals it is about human nature and behaviour. Discuss.

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    One thing which relates to the topic is how the pigs are favoured on Animal Farm. The main source for this was because their leader Napolean was a pig, the pigs were subject to favouritism by Napolean, and were given privileges that other animals were not given, such as sleeping in beds, wearing clothes and drinking beer. The pigs were also the only animals involved in making the vital decisions on Animal Farm. The fact emulates in a way how our Government tends to operate. The Government Party members are paid an exuberant amount of money, with this money the members of the Government can purchase costly cars and houses, if they wish to do so.

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  4. Peer reviewed

    Explore and evaluate the ways in which Orwell presents and structures Old Majors

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    By doing this Orwell presents Old Major as a great leader, who empathises with, and knows the problems of the general population, even if they are not his. However the fact that Old Major is called "Willingdon Beauty" by Orwell, and boasts of his superior lifestyle also presents him as a character who thinks of himself as a cut above the rest; and therefore Orwell plants the seeds of the flaw in the idea of equality between the animals straight away.

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  5. Peer reviewed

    How does Orwell's novel - 'Animal Farm' reflect events that happened during the russian revoloution in 1917?

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    At the start of the book, when old major a wise, old boar made his speech about the great rebellion against the humans, it was very similar to Marx' statement on communism. Lenin who idolized Marx was inspiration for squealer because when old major gave his speech he used the word "comrade" profusely, and it was a word to unite all the animals against the humans. Squealer adopts this word and uses frequently throughout the book, he benefits from the usage of this word when he tries to get the animals to believe another one of his disgusting lies, he uses it to gain their trust.

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  6. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm why did the rebellion fail in the end after all the work, time and, most of all, effort that they put in?

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    The power-hungry pigs were the main reason for the failure of the rebellion. As the pigs (especially Napolean), unlike any other animal on the farm, could read and write. They wrote seven commandments, which, since no other animals could read, were not set and kept changing depending on what the pigs wanted. If they dared to disagree they would face the threat of Mr. Jones returning. The pigs were very good at twisting words to get the animals to agree and follow their lead. They did very well in convincing Boxer to think that "Napolean is always right" especially since he was a very wise horse.

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  7. Peer reviewed

    Animal farm

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    When Old Major died, the animals acted quickly and were able to overthrow the humans. Their new idea of government was known as animalism, and it was agreed upon that each creature would work according to their capability and respect the needs of others. Seven commandments were agreed upon and all animals swore faithfully to uphold these laws. The laws were: no animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, kill another animal, those who go upon four legs or have wings are friends and those that walk on two legs are enemies.

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  8. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm Essay

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    In a way, Jones having all the authority over the farm was a good thing, as all the animals knew where they stood, however, the normal farm animals, who represent the citizens of Russia, wanted more authority and power over the ruling of the farm; the country in Russia's case. Fed up with slaving for Jones and getting nothing except the bare minimum's of food in return, the animals rebel suddenly, using violence to get what they want - similar to the way assassinations and attempted assassinations of major political figures took place in Russia.

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  9. Peer reviewed

    The Use of Language in Animal FarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell is an allegory in which animals are personified to represent the struggles

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    Napoleon, the foreman, or leader of the pigs is the most powerful of them all. Napoleon and his "side kick", Squealer, abused the powers of language to manipulate the animals of the farm into thinking that the farm was a beautiful society flourishing with life and freedom, when in fact, it was quite the opposite. An example of how language is used is given at the beginning of the story when Major tells all the animals his predictions for the future, and explains that which must occur, in order to have freedom. They all hear what he is saying, and seemingly agree with it.

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  10. Peer reviewed

    Fox hunting should be banned. Do you agree?

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    In my research on fox hunting I have discovered that a fox hunt of some sort takes place in a number of European countries, America, Canada, Russia and elsewhere. I found these statements on the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America (MFAA) website ( http://www.mfha.com ) : "In Britain the goal is to kill the fox. Because there is no rabies in the British Isles, populations of fox are extremely high and fox are considered vermin." "Farmers with sheep farms want the animal numbers controlled.

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  11. Peer reviewed

    How has George Orwell used Animal Farm to criticise the Russian Revolution

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    A propaganda about external enemies helped him keep control of Russia, after he drove Trotsky out. There was famine. Stalin became distant, just like Napoleon was seen less and less. Stalin encouraged his followers to worship him. The idea of hard work was proved wrong, and Stalin had absolute power. Boxer is a strong, hard-working horse. He believes that the solution to any problem is to work harder. I know this because Orwell writes "His answer to every problem, every setback, was 'I will work harder'" This shows that he sees work as the answer to everything.

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  12. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm

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    The animals blamed their faulty memories for forgetting the commandment. At this point the animals would probably feel that they were hard done by in the reign of napoleon. Orwell has done well to create pity for the animals here. "The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally" (Chapter 10, pg. 107) this quote is written by the pigs who lived the best lives whilst doing the exact opposite, the animals would feel that they would own good lives and if that was as happy as life gets it wasn't worth living.

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  13. Peer reviewed

    Overview of Animal Farm

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    Most wars are a good example of this. However when someone does come to total power (totalitarianism) the community don't realize what power they have in these situations. If one worker refuses to do his duty then he is met with conflict and is set t death or another form of punishment, but if the mass of them form together and protest then there is little that the person with total dominance can do, he has to met the problem with another solution than conflict, he has to agree to something that is in the best interest of the people.

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  14. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm - explain how Napoleon gained power over the farm and what the book is about.

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    Napoleon keeps interfering with Old Major's control of the farm and he was pushy, ambitious and he wanted to be a leader. He also was giving them food and trying to get them on his side. Napoleon persuades the other animals to obey him by changing the rules for them, and then to suit him-self. He gave them extra food and tells them he would be a better leader.

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  15. Would rebelling against Napoleon be just as easy as rebelling against Jones?

    Firstly, Napoleon would do anything to stop protests and rebellions against him. From different incidents in Animal Farm, Napoleon is proved to be an authoritarian. Every animal has to obey him and follow his orders, or else they would be killed. He is also self-seeking, thereby willing to gain benefits by any means. For example, in chapter five, Snowball is chased out of the farm by the dogs. He has been declared a traitor and Jones' spy. In chapter seven, the hens refuse to give their eggs.

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  16. Animal Farm - Comparison in between book and film

    FILM BOOK 1) At the end: Napoleon died, new owners came to the farm. 'Happy ending'. There is hope for the renamed 'Manor Farm' At the end: "The creatures looked from pig to man and from man to pig, but it was impossible to say which was which", Napoleon was still under command. There is no hope. 2) A dog called Jessie; was very important, almost the principal character, she narrated the story. Clover the cow didn't appear. Clover was important; she was contradictory to the rebellion as she liked human things like her ribbon.

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  17. '' A great deal of modem writing is about unhappy, evil things.'' This relates closely to the novel 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell.

    Napoleon made the animals work a lot harder and for a longer period of time. The most hard working animal was Boxer on the farm. He did everything that he was told to do and he came up with a couple of slogans ' I will work harder ' and ' Comrade Napoleon is always right '. These slogans were inspirational to the animals on the farm, some of the animals even tried to adopt his sayings aswell. Another cruel act in the novel is that Napoleon kills all the animals that don't obey him or lie to him.

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  18. Animal Fram- PIGS

    Snowball then elaborates on Old Major's general philosophy into the seven commandments. Orwell describes Snowball as a pig very similar to Napoleon, both wanting a leadership position in the new farm, but as time goes on, each eventually realising that one of them will have to step down. Orwell tells us that the two were always arguing. "Snowball and Napoleon were by far the most active in the debates. But it was noticed that these two were never in agreement: whatever suggestion either of them made, the other could be counted to oppose it." Later, Orwell makes the case stronger.

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

    Snowball who represents Trotsky who had good intentions for the rebellion and wanted "Permanent Revolution". Napoleon shows the character of Stalin, who used the rebellion to manipulate the people of Russia. At the time Stalin sat back and then turned the people of Russia against Trotsky which is mirrored in Animal Farm. The pigs rise to power was very quick as they jumped to the chance to control the farm and Old Major was very respected, so they took it upon themselves to enforce his rules. The pigs were very intelligent and knew they had to organize and make plans for the Rebellion to succeed.

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  20. Animal Farm essay

    The novel tells the simple and tragic story of what happens when the oppressed Manor farm's animal's rebel, drive out Mr. Jones, the farmer, and attempt to rule the farm themselves, on an equal basis. What the animals seem to have aimed at was a utopian sort of communism, where each would work according to his capacity, respecting the needs of others. The venture failed, and "Animal Farm" ended up being a dictatorship of pigs, which were the brightest, and most idle of the animals.

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  21. Animal farm:

    One of boxers flaws, as was the flaw of the labouring class of Russia. Is his lack of inteliigence "Boxer could not get beyond the letter D". Orwell cleverly demonstrates this to alert the reader of the consequineccs of illetracy and how stupid animals where more exploited than the smarter ones. The name "Boxer" creates an image of a powerful character and this is what boxer is, what he lacks in brains he makes up in brawn "'I have no wish to take life, not even human life,' repeated boxer and his eyes were full of tears".

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  22. Animal Farm

    Napoleon is a dictator, who was very selfish and only cares about himself and not other animals. He represents some leaders who misuse their power for their own interest. For example, from the book of Animal Farm he used to execute all who confessed when they go against his leadership. Boxer is a hard working horse who worked hard for the benefits of the farm and all animals. He represents working class people who are working hard for the benefits of their country or society. For example, Boxer was waking up earlier than any animal at the farm and went to work and he was injured because of working too much.

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  23. Does "Animal Farm" fit the definition of a fable?

    take control of Animal Farm, they create havoc and all animals are soon back to their old ways and conditions of starvation, overwork and intimidation. The animals have not succeeded in their desire to be equal. This is shown when Benjamin reads out on a wall, "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others". This story fulfils many of the characteristics of a fable. The characters do show many human strong points and also display human weaknesses and faults such as greed, pride and vanity.

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  24. techniques of authority

    So food mainly depended on their work, and of course, the harder they worked the "more" I gave them. Also, thanks to the food supply the defenseless comrades were made to work on Sundays as well. If they even dared to refuse this, they would have half the amount of food they would usually have, and of course, no one will dare to say no. Being Friendly/ sociable with your enemies One of the main tactics of my plan was to have all the comrades by your side or at least not against me. To do this, I had to have another two faces, my usual evil one and my drama innocent kind little pig.

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  25. Animal farm

    Napoleon also showed his corruptness by going against the commandment that "all animals are equal" and one of the reasons for the men's rebelling that they're eggs were being sold to the outside world for the money for supplies that only the pigs would have the benefit of. Napoleon and his rival pig Snowball had fallen out over plans to build a windmill which was to supply the farm with electricity. Napoleon was jealous of how smart Snowball was and the respect the other animals had for him.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Although 'Animal Farm' is written as a fable to what extent could it be looked at as a comment on human behaviour?

    "So in conclusion the answer to the question is yes it is possible to see the story of animal farm as a comment on human behaviour. I believe this because Orwell described all the animals in the story with terms we use to describe the behaviour of other people for example "benevolent","wise", " motherly" and "foolish". It is probably easy to see that that book dose describe the animals to be an easer way to comment on the human ways of life. If we changed all the animals to people and made the story relevant it would be very hard to think about what goes on in the story for example the battle of the windmill where all those animals were killed, and when Napoleon has lots of the animals killed in front of the other animals."

  • Compare and Contrast "Shooting an Elephant" And "A Hanging".

    "In conclusion to this essay, Orwell displays two different scenarios where killing and no value for so called 'inferior' people in the eyes of Orwell and the superintendent. It can be suggested that Orwell is trying to show people that humans an animals are not diverse and share many similarities and all should be treated equally."

  • Focusing on THREE key incidents, explore the extent to which language is an effective method of control in 'Animal Farm'.

    "In conclusion, we can say that Napoleon uses Squealer to do what he wants and he knows that Squealer can convince anyone or at least influence anyone. From what we have seen, the pen really is mightier than a sword in the Animal Farm since every time Napoleon wanted to pass on something to the animals, he used Squealer's abilities in language, to do so."

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