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Animal Farm: Themes and Ideas

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Megan Marshall

on 2 October 2013

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Transcript of Animal Farm: Themes and Ideas

Manipulation of Language to Earn Power:

Napoleon uses Squealer to manipulate his ideas into ways that makes it seem as if the animals are "helping themselves."

"No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be" (Orwell 54)?
**Makes the animals feel as if they could make their own decisions, but they'd be "bad," so they're not allowed.
"Animal Farm"
Themes and Central Ideas
The central idea or "lesson" that a story is trying to teach
the political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority

-The animals, just as the citizens of Russia, were forced to obey, or else deal with extreme consequences such as death by torture, starvation, or blatant murder.
What are some of the themes that you saw present within "Animal Farm?"
Class Stratification:
Within each society there "must" be a class system in order for the society to run smoothly.
Upper: Napoleon
Middle: Other Pigs
Lower: Working-class animals
The Danger of Not being Educated: The vast majority of Animal Farm is very easily fooled because of the simple fact that they can't read. If they would have been educated, then they would have seen the changes as they came.
Dreams, Hopes, and Plans:

The animals are allowed to dream and hope for Sugar Candy Mountain (heaven).

The animals have all dreamed of a free farm. This is what keeps them going.
Power Brings Corruption:
Through Napoleon's complete power he becomes a terrible ruler, and an overall corrupt person.

"Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely"
Violence as Control:

In Chapter 7, Napoleon uses violence to control the animals when he begins to kill off all of those who have "consorted with Snowball."

The pigs all begin to use whips in Chapter 10. This violence is exactly what Jones used during his time on Manor Farm.
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