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  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Major seek to persuade the animals in chapter one of Animal Farm?

    4 star(s)

    The broken repetition of the word 'man' also adds to the emotive atmosphere, and as old Major becomes more and more heated throughout the speech he begins to repeat the word more and more whi8ch, by the end, perhaps even evokes the word as a 'bad word' a word that should not be uttered, not even under one's breath. 'Man' in this instance also becomes an emotional scapegoat as it were, with criticisms beginning as 'man serves the interests of...but himself' and ending with, 'all habits of men are evil', which, could be described as leaving earlier criticisms and becoming an enemy.

    • Word count: 1085
  2. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm

    5 star(s)

    This battle represents the civil war in Russia between the Tsarist forces and the Bolsheviks where the old regime tried to retake power. During the battle of the cowshed Snowball is in the thick of the battle, willing to risk his own life for the security of the animals and is indeed injured by a shotgun. However it's not long before Napoleon uses the dogs, represented as the Russian military police, to exile Snowball and subsequently demonised his entire history at the farm.

    • Word count: 1263
  3. Peer reviewed

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

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    He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow persuasive. The others said of Squealer that he could turn black into white."(p.9) Here with only his first description we can see that Squealer was a very good talker, and he was good at arguing things. In the story, Napoleon gets advantage of this and he uses him for his own personal use.

    • Word count: 1066
  4. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm - Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

    4 star(s)

    Napoleon, not being satisfied with the amount of power that he currently had, decided to expel Snowball from Animal Farm with the support of his trained dogs. He did this in blatant disregard to the second of the Seven Commandments of Animalism. "Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. (Chapter 2)" The law is written so that every animal is considered a friend. However, Napoleon chose to treat Snowball as an enemy because Snowball's intentions and plans were seen as too idealistic by Napoleon.

    • Word count: 1007
  5. Peer reviewed

    Animal Farm: Compare and contrast Napoleon and Snowball. What methods do they use for their struggle for power?

    4 star(s)

    It is, then, no surprise that he painted such a picture of Napoleon and Snowball in "Animal Farm", as he himself could be said to have been rather dictatorial in his ways, even when the subject and cause of his attentions, was so noble and deserving. Animal Farm is said to be an allegory and a satire, meaning that two coherent stories run throughout the piece, and that the attacks made upon the subjects give the appearance that they are worthy of our contempt.

    • Word count: 1015
  6. Peer reviewed

    Does the rest of the story show the fulfilment of the ideals and aims expressed in Old Major's Speech?

    4 star(s)

    This is no longer going to carry along with Old Major's ideals of a classless society. The pigs resemble management in a place of work, which again violates Old Major's rules "remember that also in fighting against man we must not come to resemble him." There is not perfect unity between the animals because of the pigs telling the other animals what to do and when to do it. This does not unite them it drives them apart because deep down they know that they have a leader. The idea of fraternity has gone completely out of the window because the pigs are fighting for money, alcohol and power; whilst the other animals are fighting for peace, unity, equality, fraternity, fairness and justice.

    • Word count: 1122

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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