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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
  2. Marked by a teacher

    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.

    • Word count: 924
  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.

    • Word count: 773
  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.

    • Word count: 629
  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.

    • Word count: 924
  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.

    • Word count: 782
  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.

    • Word count: 781
  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.

    • Word count: 901
  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.

    • Word count: 622
  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.

    • Word count: 722

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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