English Literature: Animal Farm Analysis Chapter One

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Why does Orwell show how bad the animals are treated?
It makes the reader sympathise with them and their cause.
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What are the five main purposes of Old Major's speech?
Show "man is the only enemy" because he only takes the benefit from the animals hard work, warn against taking up evils of man (alcohol), encourage rebellion, call for "perfect unity" and equality amongst animals, and teach them a revolutionary song
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What was the revolutionary song that Old Major taught the animals at the meeting?
Beasts of England
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What quote shows that Old Major wanted to promote Rebellion in his speech?
"That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion"
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Who is at the front of the platform when major gives his speech, how is this ironic?
Dogs and pigs get the best position, suggests they are superior - ironic because even at the birth of animalism, there are problems with equality.
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What is ironic about the event that took place after Old Major spoke about equality and unity in his speech?
The dogs chased the wild rats that live in the barn
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How is inequality between animals shown even before the rebellion?
The dogs and pigs are the only animals clever enough to learn 'Beasts of England' within a few minutes. They already have an advantage.
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What does Orwell use the meeting in the barn to do?
Describe the main characters' personalities and give the reader a glimpse of how the characters might respond to events later in the novel
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How are Boxer and Clover shown when entering the barn for Old Majors speech?
They take great care in case they step on any small animals "concealed in straw" Dishonest characters could take advantage of this kindness.
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How are Mollie and the Cat described in the first chapter?
Selfish and don't care about the idea of a rebellion
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How is Boxer described in the first chapter?
"not of first-rate intelligence" - he's got a steady character and a tremendous desire and ability to work.
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Show "man is the only enemy" because he only takes the benefit from the animals hard work, warn against taking up evils of man (alcohol), encourage rebellion, call for "perfect unity" and equality amongst animals, and teach them a revolutionary song

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Who is at the front of the platform when major gives his speech, how is this ironic?

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