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Animal Farm: Chapter 3 Presentation
Transcript of Animal Farm: Chapter 3 Presentation
In the beginning of Chapter 3, the animals start working very hard to get the harvest in while the pigs supervise them. Everything is going really well, and to represent their new form of government, the animals raise an Animal Farm flag, and Snowball simplifies the Seven Commandments to the mantra, ""Four legs good, two legs bad,"" with the exception of birds. During the animals' breaks between work, as well as on Sundays, Snowball attempts to educate the animals on how to read and write, with varying levels of success. Meanwhile, Jessie and Bluebell, two dogs, have puppies, but Napoleon takes the pups away to ""educate"" them. Near the end of the chapter, the pigs hog all of the cows' milk and the windfall apples, convincing the other animals that Jones will come back if these nutritious items aren't all given to the pigs.
If our group were animals in Animal Farm, we would side with old Benjamin, the cynical donkey, in distrusting the new government. We would question the pigs' profiting more than other animals (such as having the harness room, milk and apples to themselves) despite doing almost no work, and then we'd start to be convinced that our new way of life wouldn't work out. We would still admire Boxer's faithfulness and work just as hard as every other animal, but we would remain suspicious about our new form of government.
Cryptic (adj.): having a meaning that is mysterious or obscure
The most important scene in Chapter 3 is when the pigs keep the milk and apples for themselves, then have Squealer convince the other animals that it is for their own good by saying, "" "Milk and apples... contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig... It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." "" (Orwell 42). Not only does this dialogue represent Stalin's propaganda stating that everything the government did was for the people's good, but it shows that even at the beginning of the animals' new lives, something sour is festering in the minds of the pigs. It also foreshadows the greed and lust for power that will soon overtake the pigs.
While the essentials of Chapter 3 are covered in the Animal Farm movie, the movie makers downplayed the importance of the animals' alphabet lessons and the constant disagreements between Snowball and Napoleon. They also created a television for the pigs to bribe the animals within order to get the milk and apples, rather than having Squealer tell the animals that Jones would come back if the pigs were not given them. This alteration may not have been true to the book, but it gave a more obvious symbol for propaganda-- after all, Stalin did use the media to convince the proletariat of his point of view.
Our Definition: strange; confusing or mystifying; hiding the true meaning
Context: ""When asked whether he [Benjamin} was not happier now that Jones was gone, he would say only, "Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey," (which no one understood at that time) and the others had to be content with this
By: Ayumi, Eric, Lika, Natalia, and Nathan
The animals' new "hoof-and-horn" flag. Does it remind you of anything from the Soviet Union?
Old Benjamin, the cynical donkey
The source of all the trouble
In the book, Squealer (above) convinces the animals that the pigs must have the milk and apples, or Jones will return to the farm.
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