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Animal FarmGeorge Orwell
Chapter 1All of Orwell’s writing focused ondestroying totalitarianismPublished in 1945Animal Farm is a Fable:A story where the characters are lessimportant for individual characteristics andmore important for the characters/peoplewhich they representMany of the characters in Animal Farmrepresent real figures from the RussianRevolution
Chapter 1: CharacterizationA.Orwell begins the novel with the third personnarrator, why does he do this?Show Mr. Jones as a failed leader: corrupt, flawed,complacentPg. 25, 34Jones is symbolic of a leader ripe for take-overB.Indirectly, Orwell also uses personification toforeshadow their downfalls: pgs 26-27Major: “wise, benevolent” He will not last (27)Clover: “Motherly” and “loyal” (26)Boxer: Focus on strength, not intelligence. Representslower class attitude (26)Benjamin: cynical, doesn’t talk. Represents those whowon’t help or oppose (26)Mollie: Looks are everything (27)
Chapter 1: Orwell’s StyleUses plain language and cumbersomeparagraphs to indirectly plant the seeds ofthe revolutionOld Major’s mottos and rules are bought bymost animals but they cannot all be followedC. Satire:writing that ridicules a person, a group or an ideaD. Allegory:a narrative in which the characters and settingstand for abstract ideasE. Fable:a story that teaches a moral; usually short
Chapter 1: ThemeF.The concept of a RevolutionOld Major says it is necessaryOld Major’s one sided facts (28-29)“Comrade” a direct link to R.R.Major’s rules solidify the revolt and they are the reason that it fails!G.The Rules:No animal shall live in a houseNo animal shall sleep in a bedNo animal shall wear clothesNo animal shall drink alcoholNo animal shall smokeNo animal shall engage in tradeNo animal shall tyrannize another animal
Chapter 2A.Old Major’s Death:Very important because it allows the youngerfigures to take controlHe is an idealist and one would always wonderhow the revolution would have gone with himthereB.The Hesitant Animals:These animals represent the peasants in Russia(26)Don’t want to give up the security of their currentgovernment for the unknown
Chapter 2C.The Importance of Persuasion-Squealer:Squealer could “turn black into white”Squealer is persuasive and cunningThrough Squealer, Orwell shows that charismaand persuasive speakers are very importantHe tells animals what they want to hear; Raventells tales; Snowball is very firm with MollieHow would Squealer have handled Mollie?
Chapter 2D.Shakespearean Influence:Power of three (major dies three nightslater, three pigs in control)Buried in the orchardRebellion begins on a midsummer’s eve(alaMidsummer Night’s Dream)
Chapter 2E.The commandments:1.2 legs bad2.Four legs-wings good3.No clothes4.No bed5.No alcohol6.No killing7.All animals equal

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Term
Fall
Professor
AraminHaque
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English, Napoleon, Animal Farm, Julius Caesar, 1984, Old Major, a Napoleon

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