Animal Farm Essay Questions - Arko Dewri Mrs. Dewey English...

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Arko Dewri Mrs. Dewey English 9H, Period 2 29 March 2010 Animal Farm Essay Questions (Answers Only) 1. In Animal Farm , Orwell allegorizes the Russian or the Soviet Revolution. There are several themes and issues in the novel that Orwell wanted the reader’s eyes to catch. In the novel, Orwell demonstrates the conflict of religion through Moses, the tame raven. Moses is presented as a privileged class, who is tolerated by those in power because of their ability to pacify others with promises of rewards in the afterlife for suffering endured on Earth, just as the powerful leaders of Russia did to the civilians. Orwell also illustrates corruption of human rights by showing how the animals deal with the issue of equality. In chapter one, Old Major interrupts his speech appealing to the animals for a Rebellion against the humans by asking for a vote on whether wild creatures, such as rats and rabbits should be included in the statement “All animals are comrades.” Although at this point, the animals vote to accept the rats, later distinctions between different types of animals become so common that the seventh commandment of Animalism is officially changed to read, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” This reflects the number of societies, those who have voted that portions of their populations to be not equal because of their faith, their skin color, or their ancestry. Orwell also demonstrates how classes were divided proclaiming the equality of all animals. First, it was a classless society, but soon it becomes divided as preferential treatment is given to the pigs. First, the pigs alone are allowed to consume the milk and the apples which Squealer claims they do not really want to take, but must to preserve their strength. Later,
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the other animals are told that they must stand aside if they meet a pig coming down a path and that all pigs had the privilege of wearing green ribbons on their tails on Sundays. Orwell uses Animal Farm to express his deeply held political convictions. He expresses that the only protection the average citizen has against a similar tyranny developing in his own country is refusing to blindly follow the crowd (like the sheep), the denial of all false explanations by propaganda sources (like Squealer), and careful attention to all government activity, instead of faithfully following those in power (like Boxer). Orwell also tried to show how the meaning of truth and false is violated in the society. In the novel, truth becomes simply what Snowball, and later Squealer, tells them. For example, when some of the animals are executed after they confess to various crimes against Napoleon, some of those left alive remember that the Sixth Commandment of Animalism was “No animal shall kill any other animal.” But when Clover asks Muriel to read the commandment, however, it is discovered that it reads, “No animal shall kill any other animal without cause. ” Similarly, when the pigs get into a case of whiskey and get
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