English Literature: Animal Farm Theme - Animalism

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What is animalism?
How the animals believe they should live their lives.
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Why does Orwell use Animalism? How is this shown?
He uses it to represent communism so that he can criticise it indirectly. This is why the flags of both beliefs are so similar.
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Talk about the use of the word 'commandments' in the novel
Orwell uses this word to draw a comparison with the ten commandments of Christianity. The seven commandment are an "unalterable law" a set of rules that the animals could follow religiously.
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What do the seven commandments give the reader?
A framework to see Animalism's decline as the commandments are corrupted one by one.
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Complete the sentence: Animalism is a new "_____ of ______" inspired by ____ ______'s Ideas - his beliefs are summarised in the _____ _________ after he dies.
Animalism is a new "system of thought" inspired by Old Major's ideas - his beliefs are summarised in seven commandments after he dies.
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How is communism related to animalism?
Equality is essential in both of them. The commandment "All animals are equal" means that every animal should be treated the same.
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What is Orwell doing by making Animalism fail?
He was arguing that Russia had also failed in being fair and equal.
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What corrupts animalism's original ideas? Explain.
Power. Napoleon changes the commandments to suit his needs.
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What is Orwell's point in making Napoleon so similar to the humans that the animals can't tell them apart?
That Russia had suffered the same fate - Stalin's rule was no better than the Tsar's capitalist regime
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What two things increased as the pigs increase the corruption of animalism?
Conflict and inequality
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Talk about how, like Stalin, Napoleon gets rid of any opposition
He orders "nine enormous dogs" to attack Snowball and chase him from farm. He also holds false trials and executes any animals who 'confess' to going against Animalism.
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What is napoleon doing by not letting Snowball have an equal say?
Napoleon turns his back on equality and Animalism.
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What is Napoleon doing by executing any animals who confess going against Animalism? How is this Ironic?
He's going against the commandment that "No animal shall kill any other animal" Ironically, it's Napoleon who is actually going against Animalism by breaking one of the seven rules.
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How is inequality shown in education?
Some animals learn to read (e.g. pigs) and so the other animals are at a disadvantage.
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Why does Napoleon refuse to educate the other animals?
So that he can maintain the pigs' authority.
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What idea was animalism founded on? What's the reality of this?
Founded on the idea that every animal worked for each other but in reality only the pigs benefit - they take more for themselves while the other "animals worked like slaves"
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Why does Orwell use Animalism? How is this shown?

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He uses it to represent communism so that he can criticise it indirectly. This is why the flags of both beliefs are so similar.

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Talk about the use of the word 'commandments' in the novel

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What do the seven commandments give the reader?

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Card 5

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Complete the sentence: Animalism is a new "_____ of ______" inspired by ____ ______'s Ideas - his beliefs are summarised in the _____ _________ after he dies.

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