"Animal Farm" by George Orwell


Mind Map on "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, created by sarahjlondon on 12/09/2014.
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"Animal Farm" by George Orwell
  1. The Danger of Silence (TED Talk)
    1. The speaker in this TED Talk tried to say that situations need to be confronted; leaving an issue be gives it the opportunity to become worse.
      1. Some of the animals on the farm allow the situation to get worse because they sense that the pigs have bad intentions yet they do nothing.
        1. "Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, noor ever could be much better or much worse" (89).
          1. The fact that he remembers the entirety of his life (as well as other evidence) reveals that Benjamin is aware of the pigs' ulterior motives. It is possible that if he had spoken up sooner or told others then many of these issure could have been prevented.
            1. If he had realized the detrimental effects silence can have, the lengths the rebellion went to could have been minimized. Benjamin speaking up rather than being silenced could have prevented the future pain of others.
    2. Surfacing
      1. Surfacing shares a common theme of reality vs. fantasy with Animal Farm.
        1. In Surfacing, the narrator masks the difficult truth of her abortion by fabricating the memory of a wedding.
          1. This is similar to how the animals in Orwell's work accept the lies the pigs tell them as it is easier to live in the fastasy that they have a good life.
            1. Squealer attempts to turn the animals against Snowball, who was actually good: "Do you not remember how, just at the moment when Jones and his men had got inside the yard, Snowball suddenly turned and fled, and many animals followed him? And do you not remember, to, that it was just at that moment, when panic was spreading and all seemed lost, that Comrade Napoleon spring forward with a cry of 'Death to Humanity!' and sank his teeth in Jones's leg? Surely you remember that, comrades?" exclaimed Squealer, frisking from side to side. Now when Squealer described the scene so graphically, it seemed to the animals that they did remember it" (Orwell 59).
              1. It would be more difficult for the animals to retaliate against the pigs, and because they have so much trust in their leaders, it would be upsetting for them to discover they have been lied to.
                1. This is similar to the narrator in Surfacing, who doesn't want to remember the sadness and emptiness that came with the abortion so she accepts a simpler idea.
      2. 1984 (George Orwell)
        1. 1984, another of Orwell's work, also demonstrates the rewriting of history as a key idea and tactic in making the citizens believe all of the leaser's lies.
          1. It was "noticed that there was yet another [commandment] which the animals had remembered wrong" and now, "the Commandment read: 'No animal shall drink alcohol to excess'" (76).
            1. In 1984, Winston Smith himself rewrites national history, and whatever he is told to say instead is just accepted by the public. Example: the swtich between being at war with Eastasia to Eurasia
              1. This alteration that the public believes can be compared to how the pigs keep changing which neighbouring farm they are enemies with.
                1. In both cases, the leader manipulates their followers into believing whatever they say by re-writing history and pretending previous beliefs never existed.
        2. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
          1. Both Fitzgerald's novel and Orwell's demonstrate studies of class, and the inequalities among them.
            1. "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others" (91).
              1. This new commandment demonstrates the fact that although the animals are technically in the same class, there are those who are superior to others.
                1. This is similar to the way in which most of the main characters in The Great Gatsby belong to the saem class by technicality, but there are superiors. Nick is taken in by these people and is considered inferior, while those like Gatsby and Daisy are regarded highly.
          2. World
            1. The animals on Manor/Animal Farm represent the history of Soviet Communism.
              1. Example: Napoleon and Snowball respectively portray Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky (Communist Party Leaders).
                1. The themes of oppression and suffering are exhibited in the same way it was in Russian society under Joseph Stalin's rule.
              2. The novel is somewhat a commentary on/study of types of leadership and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
                1. For example, the novel contrasts the styles of Napoleon and Snowball. It contrasts the kinder and more democratic approach of Snowball versus the harsh, demanding, and dictatorial ways.
                  1. Generally, studies show that kind approaches work better in cases where one wants another to obey them. This piece of writing is a commentary on this in a way, supporting the fact that quality of life will decline with a more dictatorial figure.
                    1. The fact that during a period of kinder leadership the farm thrived and living conditions were improved is a supporting argument in the debate of which method of leadership is more effective.
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