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  1. Animal Farm Book Report

    All of a sudden Napoleon announces that the windmill will go ahead and be built, and whenever anything bad happens on the farm Napoleon blames it on Snowball, and poisons the rest of the animals against him. Most of the next years are spent building the windmill, and Boxer, a very strong horse proves himself very useful during these hard times. One night a storm hits toppling over their nearly built windmill and all their efforts were in vein, and of course Napoleon blames this incident on Snowball.

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  2. Animal Farm Media Coursework

    The farm is shown as a dark and unhappy place. I think the flashback works well for people who haven't read the book before, and don't know the story. The animation uses happy, cheerful music to portray the farm and pans around the farm showing each animal. As the camera becomes closer to the farmhouse, the lighting becomes darker and the colours a lot more bold and dark. The music becomes a lot more sinister and chilling. For people who have read the book, this will be easier to understand as they know what type of person Mr.

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  3. Animal Farm Background

    Orwell, although agreeing with the overall concept of equality though socialism, was critical of Marx because he didn't take into account the greed and jealousy which would eventually undermine the entire cause. This idea was shown through Napoleon and the other pigs, who, through persuasion and force became the dominant authority on the farm. Gun/Flag: Probably the most profound metaphor in Orwell's Animal Farm is the idea of the gun and flag. The nationalism the animals' feel is demonstrated through their daily processions and rituals where they practically worship the flag (their institution of the state and obviously not God).

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  4. An analysis of Eric Arthur Blairs writing

    Orwell's political views, especially his distrust of mass media, are characterized through Winston Smith in 1984. Spending time working for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Orwell was exposed to a lot of stretched truths and negative propaganda. This led to a huge distrust for those in power aa well as the distrust in the information distributed to and received by the general public from them. Orwell discusses how history is changed by whoever is in power. Orwell hated totalitarianism, mainly because of its lies, and so he saw it as the enemy.

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  5. Egyptian mummies

    The embalmers' shop might be a fixed place, as in the case of those connected with the larger temples. Often, however, it was a movable tent - which could be set up near the home of the deceased. Removal of those parts most subject to putrefaction was the initial step in preparing a corpse for mummification. The embalmers placed the body on a narrow, table-like stand and proceeded to their task. The brain was removed through the nostrils by means of various metal probes and hooks. Such a method necessarily reduced the brain to a fragmentary state, and, as no remains of it are associated with mummies, we may assume that it was discarded.

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  6. Animal Farm By George Orwell - summary

    Old Major wanted a world I which they rule themselves and live in freedom and peace. This is like the anarchy which was decribed by Carl Marx in his book "Communist Manifesto"were no one is really in control and everyone can live in peace and harmony. But you can tell that this dream will not be forfilled just like every society there are always people who want to take control. Old Major set some rules like they would not live in a houses and they would always walk on four legs, except for the chickens. Then the meeting is broken up by the farmer who fires his gun in the air so that the animals stop making so much noise.

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  7. Summarization of animal farm chapters 1-10

    It went like this Beasts of England, Beasts of... The white boar finished and all the animals sang it a good seven times before Mr. Jones woke up and shot his gun in the air. Soon all creatures went back to their barns and the farm was silent. CHAPTER 2 Three nights later Old Major in his sleeps and was buried at the foot of the orchard. The pigs Snowball who was vivacious pig and Napoleon who was fierce looking Berkshire boar, had both wanted the rebellion to happen and organise everything that inspired them of Old Major.

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

    All these factors also cause the novel to be quite short. It would have been impossible however, for Charlotte Bronte to write Jane Eyre in such a way. Having written Jane Eyre almost a century prior to Animal farm, She did not have the freedom to criticise society so strongly. Indeed it would have been unjustifiable for even a powerful male to speak against social order so directly, let alone a woman. Therefore, in a way Charlotte Bronte disguises the message she is putting forth to the public not only with a troubled love story but also with abundant imagery and complex vocabulary.

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  9. Although Animal Farm is often seen only as an allegory of the Russian Revolution, it also has important messages for readers today - Explain how Orwell uses three of the following to convey these messages: Moses, Mollie, Benjamin, Squealer, and the cat.

    Orwell intended to make this a direct reference to Stalin who murdered many of his own people in order to maintain his dictatorship of Russia. Each character in the allegory has a message hidden, in either their personalities or their exteriors but they have to be found by in-depth understanding of Orwell's story. There is very little indication to what the story is based on in the beginning. The convincing description in the opening scene introduces the animals and their characters to the reader.

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  10. 1984, and Animal Farm.

    His mother, 18 years his fathers junior, was the daughter of a French tradesman. Eric also has a sister, Marjorie, who was five years older then himself. In 1907 the family, minus Eric's father who stayed in India until he retired in 1912, moved back to England. Eric remembered his life in India as one of simple pleasures and freedoms that he lost once he was back in the cradle of Empire. The Blairs led a relatively privileged and fairly pleasant existence, in helping to administer the Empire.

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  11. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Comparison of Orwell's Original Novel with the animated film version directed by John Halas and Joy Batchelor (remastered 1993).

    Where as in the film there are extensive amounts of descriptive detail about the farm. At first the audience sees a pastoral vision of an ideal pastel coloured landscape of rolling green hills, trees in blossom, and a blue sky. As the camera pans through the landscape though, it comes to Manor Farm and its dark towering buildings are distorted by lots of long shadows which are threatening as they seem to swallow the buildings in blackness. The film-makers make use of aerial shots which give a sense of the farm being very isolated from the outside world.

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  12. The main elements of Napoleon's character.

    After a period of "seeming friendship with Pilkington", Napoleon declares he has "really been in secret friendship with Frederick." However, this clever plan backfires as Frederick cheats ad attacks Napoleon. A final example of this aspect of Napoleon is seen in the way he "uses" Snowball after his departure. He does this by blaming Snowball for everything that goes wrong on the farm. This is an effective way of preventing the animals from criticizing Napoleon who, as the leader, is the one who should take the blame. 2 Hypocrisy In his progress towards total power, Napoleon pretends to believe in Animalism and pretends to act for the good of the animals.

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  13. What is the purpose of satirical texts 'A Modest Proposal' by Jonathan Swift and 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell?

    Old Major and his speech of the Rebellion in the future 'Why, work night and day, body and soul, for the overthrow of the Human race! This is my message to you comrades: Rebellion.' He also tells the Animal how to make the Rebellion work. This shows that Old Major, like Lenin wanted freedom for his land and people, but knew that there would have to be a Rebellion for this to take place! After the death of Lenin there was a battle to gain the power of the Communist Russia between two men, Stalin and Trotsky.

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  14. What Aspects of Life in Their Respective Times were Subject Jonathan Swift and George Orwell Reacting to in A Modest Proposal and Animal Farm, and how Effectively do they use the Techniques of Satire to convey their Response?

    It is bitter in that it depicts a revolution for an ideal being increasingly betrayed until it totally disappears and the society returns to the state it was in before. I think Orwell was reacting mainly to the Marxist ideal, and the world today. Swift has described satire in this way: "Satire is a kind of glass wherein a beholder may look upon anyone's face but his own." I believe this to be a very concise definition, because in satire you never see quite what you expect, as the objects of the satire have been known to believe that their ridiculing was actually serious.

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  15. Compare and contrast the themes of revolution in Animal Farm by George Orwell and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    Dickens' Tale of Two Cities uses the French Revolution to show how human nature is vengeful and often too ambitious. Both books describe how ambition get the best of us and that violence and the deceitful attitude of the "the ends justifying the means" are unforgivable. As the title of "Animal Farm" suggests that the novel is set on a farm. The animals are anthropomorphic although they do behave in their characteristics as species. The dogs and the sheep's are the perfect example, sheep's always follow each other and this is shown in Animal farm.

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  16. Analysis of the Christian (or another religion) teachings to the ethical debate about animal rights

    Philosophers and professors rationally and laboriously work through ethical proofs, highlighting humanity's inconsistent and arbitrary use of non-human animals. Doctors, both traditional and alternative, nurses, athletes, and nutritionists expound the profound health benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets. Scientists and anti-vivisectionists attack not only the frivolous testing of toiletries and household products on animals, but also medical experiments claimed to save human life. Environmentalists and biologists condemn animal agriculture as a major contributor to the destruction, degradation, and pollution of the earth's soil, air, and water. It seems the struggle for animal rights is moving forward on all fronts, challenging many people to rethink their relationship to non-human animals.

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  17. George Orwell – Animal Farm

    " No book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude" George Orwell -'Why I Write' After changing the content of Animal Farm, George Orwell contacted the well-known publishers 'Penguin' and asked them to consider publishing his story. After reading his script of Animal Farm, 'Penguin' agreed to publish the story Orwell had worked hard on and amended to get accepted. As a result of the of the successful publication, 'Animal Farm' today, has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into hundreds of languages.

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  18. Explore the ways that the writers use contrast within a character or between characters to interest the reader or audience in "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Animal Farm".

    The first contrast point in this essay is between Napoleon and Snowball. Napoleon represents Stalin and Snowball represents Trotsky. These two characters are seeking the same thing once the Old Major dies power. In chapter 2 Snowball and Napoleon are linked Snowball is the clever one and in the book snowball makes plans to build a windmill which when Napoleon sees it, it seems as if Napoleon has been put in the shade and that everyone prefers Snowball but Napoleon urinates on it and then walks away.

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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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