English Literature: Animal Farm Analysis Chapter Seven

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How is the hens' rebellion an allegory?
It echoes the kulaks' resistance to collectivism
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What is Snowball used as an excuse for?
The worsening conditions.
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Who does Squealer claim Snowball was in a league with?
Jones.
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What does Snowball apparently do?
Return to the farm each night - the cows are so paranoid they claim that Snowball milks them in their sleep
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What does the imaginary threat against Snowball do?
Unites the farm and makes the animals question their memory of him.
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How does Napoleon take advantage of the animals being "thoroughly frightened" by the threat of Snowball?
He takes advantage of their fear to make himself more powerful.
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How does Squealer rewrite History?
By saying Napoleon was behind the Cowshed victory and it's described so graphically that the animals start to remember it.
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What is worse than Napoleon controlling the animal's actions? What is Orwell doing?
He's now controlling their memories. Orwell shows how scary Stalin's regime was in Russia - and he's warning never to let it happen again anywhere else.
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What do the hens do when they are told to give up their eggs to be sold?
They rebel by laying their eggs from the rafters so they smash to the floor.
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What happens to the rebelling hens?
Napoleon is ruthless and cuts off all their food - nine hens die before the others give in. It is one of the few rimes the animals stand up to Napoleon.
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Who does Napoleon set on anyone who threatens him?
His dogs.
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Why is Boxer attacked by the dogs? Who else is attacked by them? Why?
For not believing the lies about Snowball, and so are the pigs who object to Napoleon's regime.
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What does the executions satire?
Stalin's purges.
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What do the pigs 'confess' to after being attacked by dogs? What does Napoleon do to other animals?
They confess to working with Snowball - Napoleon forces confessions from many other 'traitors' and they're executed by the dogs.
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What happens when Boxer is attacked by the dogs?
He defeats them.
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Why does Orwell change perspective of the novel when the executions take place to Clover's point of view?
To remind the reader of the contrast between Major's original utopian vision that Clover remembers and Napoleon's cruel dictatorship.
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"There was no thought of rebellion or disobedience in her mind" Why does this make the executions seem worse?
Because Clover stays blindly loyal to Napoleon.
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What doesn't Clover understand about the executions?
How they got to this terrible situation but she says nothing.
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