Animal Farm By George Orwell

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The novel Animal Farm by George Orwell and the film ‘Chocolat’ by Lasse Halstrom are representations of the composer’s context and reflect the social and political concerns of their era. Although reflections of vastly different contexts both texts encourage the responder to question the role and responsibility of society in relation to the individual. Regardless of nature of the institution there is the expectation that needs of the individual will be met and their autonomy and independence will be respected and maintained. The novel and film examine the impact on the individual when confronted with the rigid ideologies of communism and a theocracy. The setting of Animal Farm and the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes function as a…show more content…
Orwell, in his story Animal Farm explains the reality of Stalinist Russia by exposing how the welfare of the individual is dismissed due to a dominant and repressive ideology. The novel follows a linear narrative structure, calmly told, allowing the reader to monitor the increasing power of the pigs and the consequent erosion of the rights of the other animals. The regular description of the weather and seasons contributes to the chronological narrative while acting metaphorically to capture the mood and condition of the animals. The initial success of the revolution, ‘By Autumn the animals were tired but happy’, contrasts with the reality years later, ‘Meanwhile life was hard. The winter was as cold as the last one had been.’ The joy of liberation captured in the accumulation of verbs and repetition of ‘they’ , ‘…they hurled themselves into the air…They rolled in the dew,…’is short lived. Dramatic irony presents the disparity when it is decided the milk and apples ‘should be reserved for the pigs alone’ and marks the gradual erosion of conditions, ‘Starvation seemed to stare them in the face.’ An imperative tone, ‘No animal shall drink alcohol to excess’, highlights the increasing corruption of the pigs and contradiction of the seven commandments. The breaking of each commandment symbolises the parallel journey of the pigs to a dictatorship and the animals to destitution and oppression. Contrast

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