English Literature: Animal Farm Analysis Chapter Four

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Which two farmers try to stop the farm's success?
Pilkington and Frederick
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What part do the pigeons play? What does this lead to?
They teach neighbouring farms 'Beasts of England' - animals on other farms carry out small acts of disruption against their masters.
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How is the spreading of 'Beasts of England' an allegory?
Trotsky wanted to spread the revolution as far as possible - and so does snowball.
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How are the humans presented? What does this suggest about Orwell?
Cruel and hypocritical - man treats animals badly everywhere. This backs up Major's speech and justifies the revolution. This suggests that Orwell isn't anti-revoultion but against corruption of power.
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How is Snowball portrayed as an excellent general?
he studies Caesar's campaigns, "was in charge of the defensive operations" and "gave his orders quickly" He also knocks Jones off his feet even when he's injured.
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How is the portrayal of Snowball being an excellent general allegory?
Trotsky was a great strategist who led the Russian army to many great victories.
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Talk about Snowball's commitment to Animalism.
He lead the charge and never faltered - his commitment was so great that he's willing to sacrifice his life for the cause.
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Talk about Napoleon's commitment to Animalism.
His commitment is questionable.
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What does the fact that Orwell doesn't describe Napoleons role in the battle, what does this suggest?
That Napoleon doesn't do much at all.
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How is Boxer's kindness shown?
By his concern for the stable boy. He wants to use as little force as possible.
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What do Boxer's feelings contrast with?
Napoleon's use of violence later in the novel
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What does Snowball dismiss Boxer's "sentimentality" by saying?
"The only good human being is a dead one"
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Which two animals receive "Animal Hero, First Class" medals
Snowball and Boxer
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Which animal receives "Animal Hero, Second Class" medal
The dead sheep
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What is the issue with the medals?
They establish an inequality that didn't exist before - they're meant to inspire the animals but they also separate them.
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What does rewarding Boxer's loyalty do?
Increases the pigs' control over him. It encourages other animals to be more like him - obedient and unquestioning.
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How does snowball use the sheep's death?
To remind the animals that they should be loyal to the farm and be prepared to sacrifice themselves. This increases the pigs' control.
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