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Animal Farm Themes

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patricia Morgan

on 23 April 2013

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Transcript of Animal Farm Themes

Themes and Ideas Satire George Orwell Animal Farm A satire is a literary work which is meant to make fun of and show the weaknesses of human nature.
Animal farm is considered satire because
Orwell wrote the novel to criticize totalitarian government. Fables A fable is a short work in which animal characters are used to teach a moral lesson. Propaganda and Totalitarianism Propaganda is defined by Merriam-Webster as ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc.

Totalitarianism is a form of government that subordinates all aspects of its citizens' lives to the authority of the state, with a single charismatic leader as the ultimate authority. Characters and Communism Allegory Allegory is a symbolic representation.
Animal Farm is an allegory because it symbolically represents the Russian revolution. Uneducated populous Dystopia A dystopia is a society in which people are unhappy or afraid or in which there is wrongdoing or evil. The danger of an uneducated populous is that the citizens of a totalitarian society are unable to understand or comprehend that their rights are being stripped and that they are being manipulated by totalitarian government through the use of propaganda. Old Major Karl Marx

Napoleon Joseph Stalin

Snowball Leon Trotsky

Squealer propaganda dept.

Boxer communist supporters

Benjamin skeptical citizens

Sheep fooled, uneducated populous

Dogs KGB secret police

Mollie bourgeoisie/ property owners Individual vs. Society Characters strive to create a better world
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