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Animal Farm Rhetoric & Speech Analysis

By Emily Erb and Celeste Miller
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Celeste Miller

on 18 March 2013

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Transcript of Animal Farm Rhetoric & Speech Analysis

Make it Rhetorical! Rhetoric & Speech Analysis Similar Messages The message of each speaker is similar. They want everyone to be united. MLK and Lennon want everyone's lives to be considered equal and Old Major just wants his peers to be treated fairly as humans treat each other. Really, it's all about equality. Emily Erb & Celeste Miller Rhetorical Questions Inspiration Each of the speeches from Old Major, Martin Luther King, and John Lennon inspire their audiences to treat each other equally, come together, and protect each other. Rhetorical Effects 1.) The animals see that they are being treated unequally compared to the humans, so that makes them question their equality.

2.) "When will you be satisfied" is simply saying when will you be satisfied enough with others to accept them and treat them as you treat people of your own kind.

3.) This is not so much of a rhetorical question, it's more of a rhetorical statement. The meaning behind it is that even though there's a difference between everybody, it's your choice whether or not you see the difference and accept it. 1.) Old Major- "But is this simply part of the order of our nature?"

2.) MLK- "When will you be satisfied?"

3.) John Lennon- "Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try" Reason for Repetition Old Major uses the word "comrades" multiple times throughout his speech. His reason to do this is because he is trying to make the animals feel like they are a whole since the treatment from the humans are harsh. It makes them want to stay together and fight as a whole. The Rule of Three In Old Major's speech, you see this rule of 3 used when Old Major says "Our lives are miserable, laborious, and short."

In his speech, MLK uses the rule of 3 saying "With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up to freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day".

Lennon states "Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, no need for greed or hunger"
The effect that comes from the repetition in the speeches describes what their lives are like in reality and what they wish their lives could be like. This makes them want to live their lives this way and change. Addressing Similarities Martin Luther King Jr. and Old Major address their audiences the same. When MLK speaks, he uses the term "My friends" and when Old Major speaks he uses the term "comrades (my friends)". When they use the term "my friends", they are treating each other as equal. They care about the people's perspective. Even though they are higher up than everyone else, they treat their kind equally.
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