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List the characteristics of the following characters:
Napoleon, Snowball, Squealer, Mollie, Boxer and Clover, Moses and Benjamin.
Napoleon: a Berkshire Boar, not much of a talker, reputation for getting his own way.
Snowball:vivacious, inventive, a good speaker, a bit shallow
Squealer: small and fat, brilliant talker, persuasive
Mollie: spoilt, vain and not very bright
Boxer and Clover: not very bright, hard working and loyal, very strong.
Moses: lazy, deceitful, a spy
Benjamin: a very old Donkey, seldom talked, cynical, no sense of humour, devoted to Boxer.
List the reasons for the rebellion by the Animals.
Man is the only creature who consumes without producing. He mistreats the animals and gives them only enough food to keep them alive and working. When their usefulness is over they are discarded. 'Man serves the interests of no creature but himself', said Major. In the end, Mr Jones and his men forget to feed the animals and then try to punish them when, in desperation, they break into the food stores. Without any planning the Animals turn on the men and chase them off the farm.
What actions do the animals take when they get control of the farm?
The animals celebrate and march around the boundaries of the farm. They destroy all the tools used by man to control them and feed themselves generously. Then they sing 'Beasts of England in a final celebration of their victory.
What is Animalism?
Animalism is a series of commandments based on the ideas of Major, delivered in his final speech. The 7 commandments are:
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6.No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.
In what ways are Animalism and Socialism similar?
Like Animalism, Socialism is based on the notion of 'all men are equal'. And as equals all should have an equal share of the product and the profit of their combined labours. The Capitalist system was seen as decadent and many of the rewards, such as luxuries, seen as ruining the character and integrity of men.
What similarities are there between the Russian Revolution and the animal’s rebellion on Manor Farm?
Communism was strongly influenced by the ideas of Karl Marx. His ideas bear a direct resemblance to those of Major. Marx argued that the rich Capitalist class exploited the lower proletariat. In Major's speech there is a direct parallel to the behaviour of Man and his treatment of the animals. The Communist party under the leadership of Lenin seized control of the empire and executed the Tsar's family in much the same way as the animals rose up and expelled the men from the farm. After the revolution, Trotsky and Lenin established a communist society in Russia, changing the name to Soviet Union. All property, wealth and work was meant to be divided equally between all individuals. The pigs attempt to create a similar society on Animal Farm.
What is suggested about the future behaviour of the pigs by: learning to read, taking on the role of teachers and the disappearance of the milk at the end of Chapter 2?
The pigs taught themselves to read and write in secret and establish themselves as the leaders by taking control and imposing Animalism in the form they had developed. They did not offer any opportunity for the less intelligent animals to contribute or share in this power. The strange disappearance of the milk at the end of chapter 2 and the way Napoleon stood in front of it, suggests that, like Jones, the pigs will also exploit the lower 'classes'.