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ABC Slide Show: Animal Farm

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Bailey Allgood

on 20 December 2011

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Transcript of ABC Slide Show: Animal Farm

Animalism The pigs Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer adapt Old Major's ideas into an actual philosophy, which they formally name Animalism. Animalism plays a huge role in the plot of Animal Farm. The real life philosophy of Animalism is the notion that all humans are animals. This is shown in animal farm when the other animals begin to realize that the pigs are turning in to the humans. Animal Farm would not have the story that it has if it were not revolving around Animalism. Animal Farm:
ABC Slide Show Beliefs The animals beliefs are a key part of this story. If the other animals had learned to form their own beliefs, they most likely would not have been over ruled by Napoleon and the rest of the pigs. I think this is one (of many) themes in the book, Animal Farm. I think the story is telilng the reader to learn to think for him or herself because if they do not have their own opinions, they may end up like the animals on Animal Farm. Most of the other animals did not have their own beliefs and thoughts, therefore they let the pigs tell them what to believe and think. Communism Animalism is similar to Marxism and Communism in the real world.
The story gives the reader another look at Communism and what it can do to a group of people. Communism is a key factor that relates the book to the real world. Danger The animals on Animal Farm experience many dangerous situations thoughout the story. Some being the windmill, the extreme weather, the rebellion, and the "wars".

Another theme I found was the Danger of a Naive Working Class. The animals on Animal Farm were naive and easily manipulated. They simply followed the philosphy, "Napoleon is always right" and never thought for themselves. The inability and unwillingness to question the authority brought suffer to the animals by the ruling class, the pigs. Editing The ability to edit or change rules gets taken advantage of in the book. I believe that rules can be amended, because the Constitution has been amended 27 times in a positve way, but the Seven Commandments are changed in a negative way to better suit the pigs. Farm While reading, I saw that many changes were happening, Such as the Seven Commandments and the name of the farm. I also noticed that the word "farm" was the only written word that was not changed. This word stuck out to me because of all the words written, this word was the least true. Animal (Manor) Farm eventually became something that was the farthest thing from a farm. Animals were no longer animals. Whether they were a pig or another animal, they all acted like humans in some way. Though... Did the animals behave like humans, or did the humans behave like animals?

This is another theme in the book: Animalism. The philosophy that all humans are animals.

Animal Farm is also form of symbolism. It symbolizes Russia and the Soviet Union under a Communist Party rule. It also stands for any human society and possesses the internal structure of a nation, government, police force, and a working class. Who is really the "GOOD"? Many times in Animal Farm, the motto "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself." This quote makes me go into deep thought. "Is this really how the world is? Am I just a living thing with no purpose but to make others work for me?" I don't want to be viewed in that way. I think that's partly what the author wants the reader to think about. "Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad" is used to appoint the 'enemy'. The animals think it's only the humans who are bad and abusive because that is what they have been told by Old Major, Napoleon, and the other pigs. Another quote I found while reading the book is

Humans Though there isn't much dialogue from the humans in the book, they still play a big role in the story. As said in by Old Major, "humans are the enemy." If it weren't for the human influence of Mr. Jones, Animal Farm would never had gone through the changes it did. --Mr. Jones, the farmer, represents the last Tsar of Russia Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov (Nicholas II).
--Mr. Frederick - Owner of Pinchfield (Leader of Germany). Frederick is a composite of the leaders of Germany. However, throughout most of the book, Frederick is a representation of Hitler.
--Mr. Pilkington - Owner of Foxwood (Leader of England). He doesn't represent one person in particular, but rather is a composite of all of the leaders of England.
--Mr. Whymper - A solicitor living in Willingdon. Acted as an intermediary between Animal Farm and the outside world in matters of trade. Represents capitalist who did business with the Soviet state. Interpretation Interpretation is a very important part of understanding and forming opinions about Animal Farm. This book does not have one specific interpretation. The way you view it and form your own opinions about it all depends on how you interpret it. I think that is also another thing the author thought about when composing the story. Some readers automatically see the symbolism in the characters, and some don't see it until after being shown. 'Milk' Shortly after the revolution, the pigs are forced to decide what to do with the 'milk' (a reference to some sort of commodity). The animals assume that the pigs will distribute it equally among the masses, and are shocked when they discover that the pigs have decided to keep it for themselves. This is another example of the pigs taking over and separating themselves from the other animals. This was also another sign that forshadowed the changing of the 7th Commandment: "All animals are equal". This law was changed to "All animals are equal, but some are just more equal than others". The 'milk' isn't really a big part of it, but it symbolizes all of the unfair things the pigs did. Lessons Animal Farm is an allegory (A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one), so there is a greater meaning behind the surface of the text. Along with the greater meaning, there are many themes and lessons to be learned. 1. The importance of Individualism
2. The corruption of Socialist ideas in the Soviet Union
3. The automatic tendency of class stratification
4. The power of language ("the pen is mightier than the sword")
And many more.. Key Facts Title: Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
Author: George Orwell
Narrator: Anonymous; no individual for idiosyncrasies
Setting: Made up farm in England
Protagonist/Antagonist: Napoleon can both be viewed as the protagonist and the antagonist. He is the dictatorial figure who pulls everything together, but he also separates himself from the others and tricks the animals into thinking the opposite of the truth. Jobs The jobs of each animal play an important role in the story. For instance, the pigs are the smartest and they decide to make the decisions and the animals who are the strongest to the hardest labor. Those who have physical strength use it to get the job done, and those who have mental strength use it to help too. Though, the difference between the two gets lost in the story. It then is altered. Those who think they have mental strength use it and those who think they have physical strength use that. If the animals didn't do the jobs they do in relation to their "strengths", I don't think the story would be the same. The End
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