English Literature: Animal Farm Theme - Power and Language

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What is a totalitarian state?
One where the leaders have absolute power and control over the country.
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What is the whole point of Animalism (and communism)?
Equality - no one should have any more power than anyone else.
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What is Orwell trying to show when Napoleon seizes power on the farm?
How corrupt napoleon is, the more power he has, the more corrupt he becomes and the more Animalism is undermined.
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What three actions does Napoleon take to increase his power on the farm?
Controls rations, uses the dogs, and uses trials and executions.
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What three thoughts did Napoleon use to increase his power on the farm?
Language, Propaganda and through removing democracy.
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For Orwell, what was the most dangerous kind of control? Explain.
Language because its so difficult to detect and challenge, especially by the uneducated.
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What was Orwell concerned about?
The power of language and how it could be manipulated to change its purpose and meaning.
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Who/what is a powerful form of propaganda? Explain.
Squealer's persuasive language - it reinforces Napoleon's power. "He was always referred to ...as 'our leader', Comrade Napoleon'
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Who has no power? Explain.
Boxer because he can't express his feelings properly - when Snowball is exiled he "can't think of anything to say"
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What does Snowball do by shorting the commandments to "four legs good, two legs bad"
Make the commandments lose their meaning.
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What is necessary in an equal, democratic society?
Freedom of speech - everyone has the right to a fair say.
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What happens when Snowball disagrees with Napoleon?
He's attacked by the dogs and banished - theres no freedom of speech on Animal Farm.
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What does Napoleon know?
Language is power.
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What is Napoleon doing by ending the Sunday meetings?
Ending freedom of speech and therefore he takes away the animals' power.
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How does Napoleon control the animals thoughts? How is this an allegory?
By restricting what they hear and say. Trying to control peoples' thoughts is a feature of many totalitarian states.
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What is the whole point of Animalism (and communism)?

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Equality - no one should have any more power than anyone else.

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What three actions does Napoleon take to increase his power on the farm?

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