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Copy of Animal Farm as a Fable

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Transcript of Copy of Animal Farm as a Fable

fa•ble: (n.) a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral. Animal Farm as a Fable A fable is a short, pithy animal tale, most often told, or written with a moral tagged on in the form of a proverb. Thus to convey a moral is the aim of most fables, and the tale is the vehicle in which this is done, providing both an illustration of and compelling argument for a moral. What is a Fable? "The Hare & the Tortoise" A Famous Example! ! Why is "Animal Farm" a fable? The Hare one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied laughing "Though you be swift as wind, I will beat you in a race". The hare, believing her assertion to be simply impossible, agreed to the proposal; and they agreed that the Fox should choose the course and fix the goal. On the day appointed for the race, the two started together. The tortoise never for a moment stopped, but went on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the course. The Hare, lying down by the wayside, fell fast asleep. At last waking up, and moving as fast as he could, he saw the Tortoise had reached his goal, and was comfortably dozing off in the background. The exact definition of fable is subject to scrutiny; however 4 frequently cited components of a fable include "Animal Farm" in the definition. The elements of a fable present in the book, include: 1) A fable is defined as a short story, and "Animal Farm" is a short, concise story.
2) A fable usually features anthropomorphic, non-human characters, "Animal Farm" focuses on such characters.
3) Another element to a fable, is a moral or lesson to the story. This is undoubtedly the case for "Animal Farm", as it rallies against communism.
4) Fables also tend to end by summarizing this lesson in a single, memorable sentence: "The creatures looked from pig to man, from man to pig, and from pig to man again; already it was impossible to say which was which." Does Orwell do a good job making a fantastic situation seem real, or is "Animal Farm" silly and pointless? Real Vs. Fake? Animal Farm seems often cheesy and silly, but when looking beneath the surface at the concept, it's actually quite ingenious, clever, and original. On the contrary, the story is so far-fetched that it's hard for a person to even comprehend a place such as Animal Farm. Part of the reason that Orwell’s novel is one of the most read books in secondary schools is because it is simple and easy to understand. The simplicity of the fable form is a large reason for Animal Farm’s success. It has a point to make, and it makes it clearly and concisely. Everybody gets it. Is "Animal Farm" too simple? It's worth asking if Animal Farm too simple. We’ll address this question in relation to just one passage, the moment when Clover the horse begins crying after the executions:

"As Clover looked down the hillside her eyes filled with tears. If she could have spoken her thoughts, it would have been to say that this was not what they had aimed at when they had set themselves years ago to work for the overthrow of the human race. These scenes of terror and slaughter were not what they had looked forward to on that night when Old Major first stirred them to rebellion." (7.30) Writing a story, in the fable genre* Writing a fable is no easy task; and when learning how to write a successful fable, a great appreciation for Orwell's work emerges. The Key to a great (believable) fable! 1* The characters within the story (animals, in the case of a fable) must be extremely believable. 2* The reader must be able to develop feelings for these characters (positive or negative!). 3* The animals must have VERY human-like personalities. 4* The characters must act accordingly to their own circumstances. 5* A focus needs to be put on scenery and settings 6* Use an outline. 7* Engage in a through editing process, and look beyond spelling, and so forth. Original Copy of "Animal Farm" Why did nobody want to touch "Animal Farm" in 1944? In 1944, George Orwell could hardly get his novel published. The general feeling, was that such criticism "Ought not to have been published." Faber & Faber (One of the publishing companies that rejected "Animal Farm") pointed out, it was simply distasteful to depict Stalin as "a pig". #1) The events Orwell tries to describe are quite complex and require a lot of information to understand, so making the story a fable simplifies it.
#2) It allows Orwell to attack and satirize Stalin & others indirectly. Firstly, it allows him to associate Stalin with a pig.
#3) The book would be suitable for younger and older audiences. Why make "Animal Farm" a fable? Three of the clearest reasons include: Quiz! :) What are fables often associated with? What is the moral of "Animal Farm"? What was a publishing company that rejected "Animal Farm"? What was one of the clearest reasons why the novel was put into fable form?
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