Animal Farm and A Modest Proposal Essay

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Animal Farm and A Modest Proposal

Although 'Animal Farm' and 'A Modest Proposal' were written over two hundred years apart, and one is non-fiction and the other is not, there are distinct similarities between the two. Both of the pieces are political, with 'Animal Farm' based on the Russian Revolution, and
'A Modest Proposal' based on the situation of homelessness in Ireland.
Also, both of the pieces are satirical. Animal Farm ridicules the ordinary Russian people for being gullible, and 'A Modest Proposal' mocks politicians who ignore sensible suggestions and come up with extreme ones.

In the build up to his speech, Old Major first clears his throat, to gain all of the animals' attention. The fact that all he has to do is clear his
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He says "Man is the only real enemy we have".

In the following two paragraphs, he plays on the animals' emotions by scaring them individually. He mainly picks on the animals that are liked by the rest of the farm. He says "You, Boxer, the very day those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will sell you to the knackers". This makes the other animals more afraid, as thoughts of their friends dying are being put in their minds, and they want to know what they can do to stop it happening.

In the seventh paragraph of his speech, he develops the solution to their problems, by suggesting a rebellion, "That is my message to you comrades: Rebellion!" It is only when he has the audience on his side, that he mentions the rebellion. He has used persuasive techniques to channel their anger towards man, and told them how to solve this problem. In the next paragraph, he warns the animals to never falter, and never listen to anyone "when they tell you that man and the animals have a common interest". By warning the animals, it will seem to them that he knows what is going to happen, and what to look out for. This again will make him seem wise.

A fight breaks out in the audience, and we are once reminded of the respect that the animals have for Old Major, as he raises his trotter to silence the barn. This shows us that the animals will do what he says, and believe what he is telling them.

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