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  1. Can communism flourish under human control?

    Lenin pounced on the timing to seize power in October, as the demonstrations and street-fighting led to the capturing of the Winter Palace. This was a symbolic gesture to the Russian people as it was the location of several massacres of peaceful public demonstrations in 1905. Following Lenin's death, two leaders stood up to grasp responsibility for the future of Russia and communism. One was a cunning and silent Joseph Stalin and the other was a gifted speaker by the name of Leon Trotsky.

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  2. "Deer Farming in Australia".

    It's low in fat and therefore appeals to the sensitivities of modern, health-conscious consumers. Other farmers have also actively bred for velvet antler growth, to meet the needs of the traditional Korean market. Deer farming around the world is much more widespread than most people imagine, and many countries have at least a few thousand deer behind fences. Australia has quite a small market compared to some of our neighbours and this contributes to the rather scarce amount of information on the topic available.

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  3. In literature as well as in life, there are attitudes towards life and environment. In the story "The most dangerous game", the author Connell, describes, his characters' having his own attitude of life.

    He is also skilled in making traps to trap is opponents. He could identify all the traps that Rainsford set up. Secondly, Rainsford is also very constructive. He is a hunter in many countries of the world. He memorized many tricks and traps to outwit his opponent. To close, both characters demonstrate a constructive attitude towards the environment. Moreover, both characters showed signs of a merciful attitude. First, though Zaroff is a hunter of man, he still lets the winner go to mainland. For example, "My sloop will place you on the mainland near a town"(P.18).

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  4. What role does Boxer play in 'Animal Farm', and why does Napoleon feel so threatened by him?

    Boxer, like the Stakonovites, was 'admiration of everybody'. He worked harder and longer than anyone else did; he always worked even after the other animals had retired to rest. Boxer was determined to work harder to solve any problems that the farm may have, his personal motto was 'I will work harder.' When Boxer suffered from overwork, Napoleon sold him to the horse slaughterer. Boxer was 'universally respected' by the animals on the farm. Even though he was not the cleverest of the animals, the animals looked up to him for his 'tremendous powers of work' and 'his steadiness of character'.

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  5. Animal Rights.

    of cats and dogs been stitched together, and many cases of mice, rabbits, guinea pigs and even monkeys having cosmetics, detergents and other household products rubbed into their shaven skin and having it dripped into their eyes while been under no anaesthetic at all. Other animals are force fed big quantities of toxic materials such as bleach or soap just to find out the levels of toxicity. Some of the manufactures of cosmetics and household products still do painful and useless tests on live animals even though no law requires them to do so.

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  6. Animal Rights.

    I bet all of you have heard of Darwin's Theory of evolution. Basically, it's saying that we have evolved from apes, (the very same apes that are held captive in zoos all over the world). Now listen to this, trust me, it makes sense. Most of us believe that God created us, in nearly every religion it is believed that, and so, we worship him/her. See where I'm going? Well, if we are supposedly evolved from apes, therefore where we came from, shouldn't we worship apes to a certain extent just like we worship God, instead of testing and experimenting on them and keeping them in captivity?

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  7. I have always believed in equality among society and after reading George Orwell's horrific novel Animal Farm, I was left feeling shocked and disgusted by the deceitfulness and greed of the pigs.

    An example of this is being when a bucket of milk mysteriously disappears. Napoleon (who evidently drank it) dismisses the problem by proclaiming "the harvest is more important". The true nature of Napoleon is discovered after he slaughters a small group of his fellow comrades for plotting against him. He tortures them and forces them to confess which is what Stalin did during the 1930's as a means of getting rid of his enemies. This highlights the atrocities of the regime. Both Snowball and Napoleon yearned for leadership positions. Snowball is portrayed as a good leader and he seems to respect the other animals wishes and demands.

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  8. 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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  9. Vegans - The Vegetable Extreme.

    In addition, there are three "disgrace to vegetarianism" types. Pesco-vegetarians do not eat most meat but eat fish and sea food; Pollo-vegetarians do not eat red meat but eat poultry; and, semi-vegetarians are just trying to cut down on meat. In contrast to vegetarianism, the vegan will not use animals for personal gain and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the "carnivegan" will eat mainly meat. On the "carnivegans" website it says, "Humans are meant to eat meat. Our teeth are designed to do so.

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  10. Animal farm - How has Orwell's writing in this extract affected your response to the events he described?

    The pigs, after being intoxicated, lose all their inhibitions; it seems ironic how they are now relying on their natural instincts rather than their brains. Them singing Beasts of England is hypocritical of the banishment, and supports the readers dislike of the pigs. Napoleon is seen wearing a 'Bowler hat' and 'gallop rapidly round the yard', this is the only time where Napoleon loses control. In my opinion, which may be disputed, this is a sign of Napoleon evolving in to the 'pig to man' he becomes in the end.

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  11. Why is animal testing necessary as told by the biomedical research education trust.

    Progress in medicine depends on how well we understand basic biology. Knowing how complicated systems work normally in animals is the first step in finding out what happens when something goes wrong. The understanding of the basic biology guides the scientists who develop improved treatment for diseases. Animal research is just as important in the development of medicines to treat animals. Many of the illnesses suffered by people and animals are the same such as cancer, flu and malaria. Over one third of veterinary medicines are the same as those used for humans.

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  12. "Animal Farm" is often read as a critique against Soviet communism, which it is and was clearly meant to be. But it is much more general than that. It is a warning that all who desire to be political leaders are suspect. George Orwell.

    The animals are Irish and English, kicking out their English overlord. But that's the only general inoration i actually know... so here's to my actual review... Well, How would you handle being underfed, overworked, naive, unequal and absolutely controlled? Would you feel like all your work was being done for the good of someone else? What if you had evidence you were being lied to, which disappeared or was changed? What if you became trapped by an absolute and supreme leader? At the beginning of the story, an old boar, called Old Major, gathers the animals at Manor Farm.

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  13. "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely".

    They begin to take more than their share of everything from apples to power. The slippery slope that begins with the pigs having some privileges quickly develops into them ruling "Animal Farm" Snowball at first stands for success and loyalty - a devoted leader aims at achieving progres through Old Major's dream. Acts as a democratic leader, a plotter and a planner, having an inventive mind. Patient, active and sincere. His expulsion put an end to all hope in the animal's hearts. It shows that loyalty never lasts and power prevails.. Napoleon comes to be the ruler of pigs after succeeding in destroying Snowball's image to create fear in the animal's hearts and destroy hope..

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  14. Summary Chapter 6 of George Orwells' Animal Farm.

    It takes until the end of the summer to accumulate enough stone to begin building the windmill, work which depends almost entirely on the tremendous efforts of Boxer, who works himself harder than ever before. As the work on the harvest and the windmill proceeds, the animals find themselves running out of supplies. Items such as paraffin, seeds, manure and machinery could not be produced on the farm. This problem is resolved when Napoleon announces one day that Animal Farm will henceforth enter into trading arrangements with some of the surrounding farms.

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  15. George Orwells' Animal farm - Which incident in the noel has affected you the most deeply? Remember to refer closely to your chosen incident in explaining why you feel as you do.The incident of the pig's party with Men has affected me the most deeply.

    Later on in the evening, when the animals on the farm heard loud laughter and bursts of singing coming from the farmhouse, I was disgusted. I was disgusted as animals and men were arch enemies, yet the pigs were meeting with them on terms of equality, a downright opposite of the commandments at the beginning of the Rebellion. When the animals began to creep as quietly as possible into the farm house, with Clover leading the way in, I felt admiration for the animals that they had finally dared to stand up on their own feet, and not be extremely afraid of the pigs, and were inquisitive of what was happening in their surroundings.

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  16. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Do you think events on Animal Farm would have developed differently if Snowball had not been chased out? Support your answers with close reference to the novel.

    In this way, when the matter involved the advantages for pigs, such as drinking beer, sleeping in beds and wearing clothes, which Napoleon and the other pigs did later after the expulsion of Snowball, Snowball would have not objected and did the same, resulting in the same development and result, trading and relations with Man.

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  17. Animal farm by George Orwell - What impressions do you form of the character of Snowball in this passage? Remember to refer closely to the passage in support of your answer.

    Also, the evidence of having many lines of attack shows that he was strategic, and had calculated the animals every move and action carefully. Another piece of evidence was in line 15, "This was just what Snowball had intended". It shows that he had used strategy in order to win the battle, thinking of the men's reaction when the animals did a certain move. Next, I got the impression of Snowball being very brave and courageous, as during the battle, the author stated that "pellets scored bloody streaks along Snowball's back...

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  18. Summary Chapter 4 of George Orwells' Animal Farm.

    They whistle the tune and sing the words of Beasts of England, though they risk terrible beatings by doing so. More and more stories are heard of individual animals disobeying and in some cases attacking their human masters. One day in October, Jones, all his men, and half a dozen others from the neighbouring farms, attack Animal Farm. They walk up the laneway through the main gate. They are all armed with sticks except for Jones, who carries a gun.

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  19. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Educations and Learning.

    30) that he has learnt from reading copies of the farmer and stockbroker. What does this suggest about the pigs view of education? Orwell presents two contrasting views of education. Snowball seeks to educate all the animals whilst Napoleon is seen to concentrate his efforts on a smaller group when he nurtures the puppies. Rather than expose them to the wider group, they are kept in isolation and given their own instruction. It becomes clear that this is not education but rather indoctrination (to brainwash someone into believing a particular opinion). In a similar way, young pigs will also be educated later in the novel away from the rest of the animals.

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  20. Animal Farm discussion.

    The role of the outsider is given to Moses, "the tame raven who slept on a perch behind the back door." By these words, the reader can conclude that he has a certain conceitedness and believes himself to be above the other animals along with a certain aura of betrayal. The pig, Old Major, is provided with a quiet leadership among them all. He is respected for his old age and far-reaching ideas, and for these reasons, Major is able to convince the others to rebel.

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  21. The parallels between Animal Farm and soviet history.

    The similarities between Russia and Animal farm are well noted here, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs"; were the words used by Marx in his critique of the Gotha program. Throughout the story one notices Squealer's chant of "Four legs good, two legs bad" (pg 31, Orwell). This is in fact a witty and ironic example of 'specious Marxist polemics': "A Bird's Wings, Comrades...is an organ or propulsion and not manipulation, It should there be regarded as a leg."(pg 31, Orwell)

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  22. 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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  23. Animal Farm: By George Orwell. Speaking and Listening Presentation: To Explain, Describe, Narrate.

    It reads "The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others". This shows that the pigs were already forming a hierarchy of importance. They tell the other animals what to do and the animals do as they were told due to their slave mentality. Another example of the pigs making decisions without consulting the other animals is when the pigs steal the milk and apples. The pigs put themselves above the rest of the animals so they can get what they want.

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  24. Scienc or savagery? What do you feel is more important - the life of your child or the life of a few rats? These comments are often brought up in animal rights debates.

    Vivisection literally means, "cutting while still alive," but these days it refers to any experiments conducted on animals. According to the 1999 U.K. Vivisection statistics published by the government, 2.66 million animals were subjected to experiments 'likely to cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm' in the U.K. alone. Many different kinds of animals suffer this fate, including monkeys, baboons (including wild-caught baboons), dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits, mice, rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, sheep, horses, goats, budgerigars and many others. These experiments include the animals being poisoned, genetically mutated, infected with lethal pathogens, stressed, deprived of parental care, irradiated, burnt, blinded, traumatised, forced to inhale noxious substances and subjected to "interference with the brain."

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  25. How does Old Major's speech create both the energy and focus for a rebellion, and the seeds of failure of the utopian dream?

    The way George Orwell conveyed the event was through personification, when the animals seemed to possess human feeling to sense these emotions. His idea of "animalism" promises to break the vicious cycle of man's control and lead to a Utopian road for the animals should they adopt Old Major's idea. Therefore, the animals were greatly inspired by images of a beautiful future and a life of liberation, in contrast with their enslavement by man. Old Major's speech started well, seizing the attention of the animals with hints of his impending death.

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