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Animal Farm

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Katarzyna Wasylak

on 26 October 2015

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Transcript of Animal Farm

Allegory is a figure of speech in which abstract ideas and principles are described in terms of characters, figures and events. It can be employed in prose and poetry to tell a story with a purpose of teaching an idea and a principle or explaining an idea or a principle.
George Orwell
7 Commandments
1. What are Napoleon's political strategies to take over the Animal Farm?
Animal Farm The Manor Farm
What are the rules and goals of Newspeak?
1. Create a propaganda leaflet/ poster
(due in Class 15)

2. Read Maus
by Art Spiegelman
Animal Farm
The essence of totalitarianism can be found in its very name; it is a form of rule in which the government attempts to maintain 'total' control over society, including all aspects of the public and private lives of its citizens.

There are several characteristics that are common to totalitarian regimes, including:

Rule by a single party
Total control of the military
Total control over means of communication (such as newspapers, propaganda, etc…)
Police control with the use of terror as a control tactic
Control of the economy
Although an allegory uses symbols, it is different from symbolism.

An allegory
is a complete narrative which involves characters, and events that stand for an abstract idea or an event.
A symbol
, on the other hand, is an object that stands for another object giving it a particular meaning. Unlike allegory, symbolism does not tell a story.

For example, Plato in his “Allegory of Cave” tells a story of how some people are ignorant and at the same time, some people “see the light” – stands for an idea and does not tell a story.
Animal Farm Visual Representation of Characters
1. Once the pigs start walking on two legs, two legs become better then four.
2. The pigs end up thinking any animal who walks on four legs or has wings in inferior.
3. The pigs all end up wearing clothes.
4. "No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets"
5. "No animal shall drink alcohol to excess"
6. "No animal shall kill any other animal without cause"
7. " All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others"
How are they violated in the course of the story?
- how are sheep and dogs important for his agenda?
- how does he re-interpret the past events? What other indoctrination strategies does he use? What are his slogans?
- how does he use Snowball to gain popularity?
- how does he inetract with humans?

Mr. Jones could represent any man. Jones is a common a name as Smith. If he were named Mr. Edgewater, it would individualize him too much. All we know about Jones is that he drinks too much and sometimes is cruel to his animals.

Napoleon is a regal name, one fit for an emperor, a tyrant.

Snowball is white and represents a thing that melts in the sun or breaks up when it hits a solid object, such as Napoleon.
Certainly the name shows no leadership.

Squealer does just that. He spies for Napoleon and tells on the other animals.

Moses, the crow, like Moses in the Bible, is there to lead the animals to the promised land of Sugarcandy Mountain.

Boxer has great stamina, will power, and strength, and does whatever he is told. He is not too intelligent, but he is loyal.
2. Look at the names of the characters. Why did Orwell use the names he did? How do the names fit the characters?
Not in the Dropbox
November 2nd, Monday
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