Animal farm

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“all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” > Juxtaposition

“Comrade Napoleon” > Epithet

“This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half” > Oxymoron & Juxtaposing ideas

smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones.” > Context, Structure

“Father of all animals, Terror of Mankind, Protector of the Sheepfold” > Asyndeton > Link to Napoleons crave for power 

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“surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?” > Rhetoric

“readjustment’ not ‘reduction’ > Lexical Analysis

“Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back!” > Repetition plus ex mark

“D’you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back!” > hypophora

Circumlocution >> Chapter 7, Squealer elongated explanation that Snowball = traitor gives animals no time to think.

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"He talked learnedly about field-drains, silage and basic slaag" > Tripleism, Juxtaposes Napoleons brute strength

“Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?” > rhetoric

His Exile = A Volta > He opposed the corruption of animalism

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“napoleon is always right” > hyperbolic, caricature

“I will work hard” > hyperbolic, caricature

“Did we not give him 'Animal Hero, first Class,' immediately afterwards?” > Questioning

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Old Major

“Remember that in fighting man, we must not come to resemble him” > Ironic

“To that horror we all must come--cows, pigs, hens, sheep, everyone.” > Collective Pronoun + Asyndetic List

“Man is the only real enemy we have” > Collective Pronoun & Irony

“what has happened to that milk? Every drop of it has gone down the throats of our enemies.” > Powerful lexis (‘throat’ connotations to death), Anaphora and Rhetorical Q

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Benjamin and Clover


“Donkeys live a long time. No one of you have ever seen a dead donkey” > Cynicism > Foreshadowing

“Life would go on as it had always gone on – that is badly” > Hyphen helps give pessimistic tone


“Instead – she did not know why – they had come to a time where no one dared speak his mind” – Interpolation > Lack of Intelligence

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Dogs, Moses and Minumus


“three of them flung themselves upon Boxer” – foreshadowing


“counteract the lie brought about by Moses” > Link to context > Religion = “Opium of the Masses”

“They allowed him to remain on the farm” > Sugarcandy mountain = opiate to animals’ misery


“Like the sun in the sky, comrade Napolean” > Simile 

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“In those days they had been slaves but now they were free” Simile & Irony

“The animals worked like slaves” – Simile & Irony

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Windmill = Symbol for Corruption

At start it would > “light the stalls and warm them in winter”

Yet to build it was “slow” and “laborious”

Also pointless, destroyed all the time (symbolises the failure of Old Majors dream)

When rebuilt after the Battle of the Windmill used to mill corn (Corrupt > Capitalism over Animalism)

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“the creatures outside looked from man to pig… but already it was impossible to say which was which”  > Satire

Whole novel = Allegory/ Microcosm for Soviet Russia

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