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  1. "Animal Farm" By George Orwell.

    During his speech of equality and freedom a dog attempted to kill a rat and the barn was divided into separate groups, each group containing a different species of animal. Furthermore, the cat votes on both sides to decide if rats are 'Comrades'. This shows that even that early on in the rebellion animals were being selfish. His speech is to idealistic although the animals do not realise this at the time. Nevertheless the animals set to work and begin to plan a rebellion to overthrow the farm and become free of arduous labour.

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  2. Trace the course of rivalry between Snowball and Napoleon, and narrate the circumstances in which Snowball was expelled from Animal Farm.

    The work of the coming week was planned out and resolutions were put forward and debated. However, in view of Napoleon and Snowball's situation, it was a place and time to compete against each other. The person with the better ideas would unquestionably win the trust and admiration from the animals. On the other hand, it appeared to the animals that the pigs were debating in order to come up with new ideas to improve the animals' living standards. However, the pigs were just trying get rid of one another in order to become the sole leader.

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  3. What does 'Animal Farm' tell us about George Orwell's attitude to Communism under Stalin?

    When Major dies there is a fight for the top spot between the pigs. Napoleon is the most respected and is voted by the rest of the animals to be not a ruler, but a leader. Animalism is supposed to be an ideal; commandments were made up to tell the animals what to do and what not to do. Animal farm should be a farm with freedom. There are quotes from 'Beasts of England' like 'and the fruitful fields of England shall be trod by beasts alone.'

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  4. Animal Farm - "Old Major's idea of Utopia would have been achieved if we were to combine the brains of Benjamin with the brawn of Boxer to oust Napoleon and bring back Snowball." To what extent would you agree with this statement?

    He took the lead during the Battle of the Cowshed, and fought valiantly along with the animals. However, Snowball had myopic vision. This factor has made him blind to the dangerous Napoleon and his quiet schemes. Snowball had not thought deeply enough about the consequences of his actions. This would mean that he probably lacked the vision to lead the animals. And he wasn't exactly an angel either. He betrayed the principles of Animalism, an obvious example being the issue of the distribution of milk and apples. He did not make his stand even though he knew that it was obviously against the principals of Animalism. However, in comparison to Napoleon, Snowball is definitely far less corrupted.

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  5. 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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  6. Animal Farm - Give a detailed account of the two attempts to build the windmill and explain why each attempt ends in disaster.

    He stated that it would mean very hard work and necessitated reducing their rations. Indeed, the hard work started soon after the announcement. During the whole of spring and summer the animals worked a sixty-hour week, and in August Napoleon announced that there would be work on Sunday afternoons as well. This work was strictly voluntary, except that any animal that absented itself would have its rations halved. There was also difficulty in the process. At first, the animals just could not figure out how to break up the stones onto pieces of suitable size.

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  7. Give an account of Boxer's end, including the circumstances that lead up to the event and the reaction of the pigs and the other animals.

    Boxer was also of great use to the pigs, specifically Napoleon, as an instrument of propaganda. This is primarily because of his total belief in animalism and in Napoleon's decisions; as a result, he was usually able to convince the other animals of the morality of Napoleon's decisions. This is also shown though his other motto of "Napoleon is always right." Despite all this usefulness to the pigs he was still disposed of after he was injured. Although he was no longer of physical worth to the pigs, and thus outlived his usefulness, he was still a useful propaganda device.

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  8. Trace the growth of the pig in Animal Farm, What lessons does Orwell wish us to draw from this?

    But still they adapted to Marx's theory which they thought was the best one and the most rational, after the Russian Revolution the leaders that took the power and forgot what was the real meaning of why they got to that place and what was the purpose of being there that was to make an equal society, although they new that it was utopia. "And remember also that, in fighting against Man, we must not come to resemble him. Even when you have conquered him, do not adopt his vices."

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  9. Allegory is a story that works on two levels.

    For example, the wolf in this story is not just a wolf. As you can see by reading this story, the wolf tries to eat the girl by disguising in to her grandmother. This is clearly explaining what kind of a personality this wolf is representing. He represents a criminal who could trick you and swindle you. The girl represents an innocent person, who can be tricked easily. But at the end it comes out to be that the girl was not just innocent. So, now you can see that the technique of allegory is used in many stories without even knowing.

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  10. "Every line I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism," says George Orwell in the preface to the Classic edition of Animal Farm.

    "It is not the consciousness of men that determines their social being", wrote Marx, "but on the contrary, it is their social being that determines their consciousness". He also called for revolution by the proletariat of Russia in 'The Communist Manifesto', to change the social and political structure of the state and its distribution of wealth. Orwell agreed with some of Marx's social arguments, but later disagreed with many of his other beliefs. In Animal Farm, we can see Orwell's depictions of man as a social animal and his 'Socialist' ideologies through Old Major's very Marxist speech in the barn: "Why do we then continue in this miserable condition?

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  11. The Time The Place

    As soon as her feet touched the ground, she was looking again. She approached a dispatcher, who was wearing a high visibility jacket and had ear defenders up on his head. From the way they were using hand signals, I guessed that she did not speak English. She seemed to be signalling for a trolley. The dispatchers face was completely blank and expressionless. I could feel his confusion, like a child who had lost sight of his mother. Then suddenly we both clicked, he must of thought of the same thing as me.

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  12. Comparison between the Satirical Methods wthich Swift uses in Gulliver's Travel and Orwell uses in Animal Farm.

    For example Napoleon, the large fierce looking Berkshire boar is a satire of Stalin. "Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more intelligent". In this passage Orwell is comparing Stalin to Trotsky, another leader of the October revolution. Napoleon uses Squealer the pig as his propagandist because of Squealer's excellent persuasion skills. Stalin also used propaganda and this kept him on top of the Russian government. Napoleon's main advantage over controlling the animals of the farm is his exploitation of the dogs.

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  13. 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell. Choose one animal from the story, speaking as that animal give your account of two or three incidents which you think significant.What do you feel you have gained from the rebellion and what have you lost?

    The dogs bounded forward, seized four of the pigs by the ear and dragged them to Napoleon's feet. The pigs looked terrified and they were squealing with pain and terror. The dogs had had their first taste of blood in a long while and they went absolutely mad. If that wasn't bad enough, to the amazement of us all, especially myself, three of the dogs flung themselves upon Boxer for no apparent reason. I now felt physically sick, as Boxer was my great and true friend. Luckily, Boxer saw them coming, put out one of his great hoofs, caught the first dog in mid air and pinned him to the ground.

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  14. Animal Farm-George Orwell - Napoleon and Snowball are very similar in many respects, but as the story progresses, we can see they have very different ideas and attitudes.

    They worked as a team and tried very hard. After the rebellion took place Snowball and Napoleon immediately became in charge of the farm and began to show their dominance. This is shown straight after they had driven Mr Jones and his men away when Napoleon, "led them back to the store-shed and served out a double ration of corn to everybody, with two biscuits to each dog." All the animals respected Snowball and Napoleon. This is clearly shown on Chapter Two when they stood outside the farmhouse, "they were frightened to go inside.

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  15. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Comparison of characters to the Russian Revolution.

    Karl Marx: Founder of Communism and its call "workers of the world unite" to take over government. Died before Russian Revolution. Animalism: no owners, no rich, but no poor workers to get a better life, all animals equal, everyone owns the farm. Communism: All people equal. "Means of production" to be controlled by the state in transitional phase before true communism. Napoleon: not a good speaker, not clever like Snowball: cruel, brutal, selfish, devious, corrupt. His main ambition was for power. He amended animalism, killed opponents, used dogs plus Moses, and Squealer to control animals. Joseph Stalin: not a good speaker, not educated like Trotsky, did not follow Marx's ideas.

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  16. Critical Evaluation of Animal Farm - Write about a novel which has an interesting storyline but also manages to convey a serious theme.

    To do this they draw up seven rules, these commandments they hope will guide them to the perfect life. The Seven Commandments: 1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. 2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend 3. No animal shall wear clothes. 4. No animal shall sleep in a bed. 5. No animal shall drink alcohol. 6. No animal shall kill any other animal. 7. All animals are equal. However, one by one the commandments are distorted and changed by the cunning pigs and soon Animal Farm, once again, is a hard cruel place to live.

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  17. Comparing Two Animal Testing Articles.

    The text on both articles is set out in columns. This is to make it easier for the reader to read and it looks better. On the first article is has columns but it also has a black box in the top right hand corner of the page because it goes onto another subject of animal testing. Also, both articles have pictures of the animals that are being tested on; this is so the reader knows what types of animals are being tested on and how they are tested on.

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  18. Foxhunting Debate -The argumentation of both parties in the ongoing discussion on foxhunting has been heavily influenced by emotions and aggression.

    Moreover the report stated that in the process following the hunt, the digging-up by terriers , the prevention from escaping and holding at bay by barking has "adverse welfare implications"(ibid:119) for the fox. These statements are euphemisms for what is in plain language called unnecessary suffering and cruelty. The way in which the kill takes place is also bound to be very distressful for the fox. The pro-hunt lobby states that "death is instantaneous or virtually instantaneous" and mostly caused by a bite "at the base of the neck" (ibid:116), yet whether death is instantaneous or not cannot be concluded from scientific evidence.

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  19. Symbolism and the underlying political message. A comparison of two 20th century novels: "Animal Farm" by George Orwell and "Lord of The flies" By William Golding.

    By comparison, the story of "animal farm" is more political. Orwell tells a story of the oldest pig on a farm that dreams of a revolution against their cruel farmer Mr. Jones. Several months later a rebellion starts when Mr. Jones forgets to feed the animals. They break out of their barns and drive Mr. Jones away. The pigs make up their own version of the seven commandments and they start to build their own society with the pigs as the dominant leaders. The "common animals" have to work very hard whilst the pigs grow fat and lazy, rather like the humans who had once controlled them.

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  20. Some of these stories have a twist at the end, finishing in a way that we might not have at first expected. Choose two stories and show how successfully in your opinions, the writers who have created the unexpected endings.

    As the Bacteriologist goes through his microscope he describes, what his bacteria can do and the pale man looks fascinated at what this tube can do: He seems to take pleasure from its destructive properties. "His eyes shone." We see this as a sign as what the anarchist, the pale faced man is planning to do, we see what happens when the Bacteriologist opens it, but as he is about to open it HG Wells builds suspense up by describing how deadly this cholera germ is.

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  21. The World Is One Big Animal Farm

    It is hardly disputed by critics that Animal Farm is indeed an allegory of the Russian Revolution. The struggle of the farm animals, having driven out their human exploiter, to create a free and equal community "takes the form of a most ingeniously worked-out recapitulation of the history of Soviet Russia from 1917 up to the Teheran Conference" (Greenblatt 3). From the beginning of the novel, it is noted that Farmer "Jones, although a hard master, had been a capable farmer, but of late he had fallen on evil days" (Orwell 38). This period of "evil days" is most often thought to represent the world-wide Great Depression of the 1930's (Novel 2).

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  22. 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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  23. Animal Farm

    On Midsummer's eve Mr Jones the owner of Manor Farm ran away because he was so drunk. The rebellion came before the animals had least expected. The animals burned everything that reminded them of Mr Jones even Mollie the white mare through her ribbons on the fire and Boxer put his straw hat on the fire which kept the flies out of his ears in the summer. The day after the rebellion the two (now called leaders) called every animal on the farm together. The name of the farm was changed from Manor Farm to Animal Farm and seven commandments were made and they were painted on the barn wall.

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  24. Using chapters 7-10 as evidence, examine ways in which Orwell creates sympathy for the animals in Animal Farm, and explain why he gives the novel an unhappy ending.

    The pigs take all the food but did no work, and the animals that did the work were getting no food. "The hens...must surrender their eggs...this sacrifice might be necessary." This makes you feel sorry for the hens because they have to give up their eggs just so Napoleon can sell them to bring in profit for himself. Two good words Orwell uses are "surrender" and "sacrifice." Saying sacrifice makes you feel that it is something very important such as someone's life that is being taken.

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  25. Discuss the role of a major character in Animal Farm. What conflicts does he have to face?

    Napoleon, was a shrewd pig who could see that he could not carry on working with Snowball. This was shown when the two of them could not agree on the building of a windmill.When it looked as though Snowball might win the arguement, Napoleon "uttered a high-pitched whimper of a kind no one had ever heard him utter before" and the vicious dogs ran in and attacked Snowball and ran him off the farm. Eventually Napoloeon won and the windmill was built, and soon after Napoleon ran Snowball off the farm. In order to make sure that he would stay leader in the future, Napoleon told the animals that Snowball was against them and was friendly with the old farm owner, Mr.Jones.

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