English Literature: Animal Farm Theme - Education and Social Class

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What divides the animals into social classes?
Education.
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How do the pigs reinforce their ruling status? Give two examples linked to Napoleon.
By taking up symbols of man - Napoleon appears "wearing an old bowler hat" and "with a pipe in his mouth"
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What class are the pigs part of? Explain.
The ruling class - they make all the rules because they can write them. The other animals accept that the pigs are 'cleverer" and let them take control.
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What does the forming of social class break? What is the division based on?
The commandment that "All animals are equal" -division based on intelligence
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Why under Napoleon is the class system likely to stay the same?
Becayses he doesn't want to educate the other animals in case they use it to rise up against him. By only educating the pigs, they keep the power.
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What is Snowball's approach to education?
He wants to educate all the animals - he tries to teach themselves to read, write and spread the ideas of Animalism to everyone, so that there will be true equality among the animals.
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What is Napoleon's approach to education?
He's only interested in educating the young. He focuses on the piglets to continue the pigs' superiority, and the puppies, so that he can train them to be loyal bodyguards.
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Why aren't the animals equal?
Because the pigs teach themselves to read - they're superior from the start.
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What are the pigs doing by controlling education?
Controlling who's upper class.
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What class are the uneducated animals? Why?
The working class because they dont make the most of the education Snowball offers them.
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What is mollie only interested in her education for?
To write her name.
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What does Benjamin do with his education?
Nothing, he learns to read but refuses to use his ability.
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What did Boxer learn whilst he had the chance of an education?
He wanted to read and write but only learnt four letter, which he is content with.
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What does the animals lack of interest mean?
They remain ignorant and they can't work anything out for themselves.
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What do the animals accept and submit to? Why?
They accept everything their told and submit to the pigs' authority because they dont have the intellect to object.
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How do the pigs reinforce their ruling status? Give two examples linked to Napoleon.

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By taking up symbols of man - Napoleon appears "wearing an old bowler hat" and "with a pipe in his mouth"

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What class are the pigs part of? Explain.

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What does the forming of social class break? What is the division based on?

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Why under Napoleon is the class system likely to stay the same?

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