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Transcript of Animal Farm
The 7 Commandments were rules put in place by the pigs, for all of the Animal farm to follow. As time went by, the pigs would continue to add to the commandments, and the animals were oblivious to the sudden changes. They were convinced they had overlooked the rules, and the pigs weren’t changing them. The commandments were...
Dramatic irony is when the audience knows more than a particular character or characters. An example of this in Animal Farm, by George Orwell is when the hard-working horse Boxer, gets injured, and Squealer tells the animals that he is being taken off to a hospital. The reader, however, knows the real truth, which is that the pigs are selling Boxer to a slaughter house. Another example of dramatic irony, is when Squealer is found knocked out in the barn with a ladder and a can of paint nearby. The reader can assume this means that the pigs have been altering the Seven Commandments all along, but the animals in the book don’t think much of it.
Verbal irony is irony that is spoken and in George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm there are many examples of verbal irony such as, “No animal shall sleep in a bed,” changes to, “No animal shall in a bed with sheets.” “No animal shall drink alcohol,” becomes, “No animal shall drink in excess.” And finally when, “No animal shall kill any other animal,” changes to, “No animal shall kill another animal without cause.” This verbal irony demonstrates the hypocrisy of the pigs and how they revised the original principles of animalism, so that they could be vindicated of law-breaking.
Situational Irony is irony that arises out of a particular situation; irony is an attitude or intention which is the opposite of what is actually stated or done. Situational irony occurs in a majority of the book, Animal Farm by George Orwell. For example, when the pigs were creating strict laws for the animals to live by, known as the seven commandments, all the animals made an effort to live by these rules and always follow them except the Squealer and Napoleon, who were the ones who created these rules. Another example of situational irony is when the pigs, Napoleon and Squealer stressed how evil the humans were, and then turned into everything they said that was bad about the humans, basically replicating them.
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the statement “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” is a paradox. This commandment clearly does not make sense because the phrase contradicts each other; if all animals are essentially equal, there should be no following comparison. Although, the idea of being “more equal” is paradoxical, that does not stop Napoleon from using that rule to oppress the other farm animals.
An oxymoron is a sentence that combines 2 opposing or contradictory ideas. In the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell there are many examples of oxymorons such as when the pigs say “All animals are equal, but some are more equal” This sentence is an oxymoron because you cannot be “more equal.”
A motif is a dominant or recurring pattern in a literary work. A major motif in animal farm are anthems, for example Old Major’s song “The Beasts of England” and the Seven Commandments. Throughout the novel anthems are used to express patriotic loyalty, when in actuality these anthems are propaganda spread by Napoleon. Similarly, State Ritual is a motif used to woo the animals into believing they are progressing when in actuality their rights are stagnant or regressing. An example of State Ritual in Animal Farm is the military awards and acts of governmental grandeur Napoleon holds for the farm animals. These two major motifs in Animal Farm aid in emphasizing the naivety of the animals towards Napoleon’s insincere ways.
Kate Turrell, Belinda Bell, Barry Grant, Brandon Cook, Madison Schwarz, Olivia Gallo, Amy Huang, and Kristen Mattera.
Written by George Orwell
A universal idea in a literary work. One of the main themes of Animal Farm is the corruption of socialist ideals; the book parodies the Soviet Union’s era where Stalin and Trotsky were rivals battling for leadership. Trotsky is represented by Snowball, and both are expelled while Stalin being represented by Napoleon rises to power by eliminating his enemies, instilling fear into people with dogs and killing off those he saw unneeded. Also, Napoleon has Squealer release false propaganda in order to pull people away from being loyal to Snowball. After it all, the pigs become the ruling class much like how Stalin did, conquering their people with an iron fist. Another theme is the danger of naive working class, in which the book portrays the oppressed people beneath Snowball and Napoleon. The sheep end up being a gullible bunch, Boxer is practically brainwashed by the pigs and constantly on a loop saying, “Napoleon is always right,” and Clover herself always thinks she is remembering the Seven Commandments incorrectly while thinking that the pigs are following them correctly. A majority of the animals don’t even recognize the political corruption going on in the farm, with Clover being the exception but always confused as to what it actually is - corruption or purity.