Macbeth and Animal Farm Essay

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AO3 = explain links between the texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects Focus on progression of power

Compare the way George Orwell and William Shakespeare present and develop power and attitudes to power in Animal Farm and Macbeth.

Writer’s sharing of attitudes other characters and writers
AO1 = respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations
AO2 = explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings
AO4 = relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self
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It appears that Shakespeare is justifying Macbeth’s ruthless ambition and want to maintain power, which puts Macbeth into darker depths by having Banquo and Fleance murdered, by his lack of an heir. Similarly, the audience is provided by Snowball as the rival to Napoleon’s absolute power in his introduction to the character in Chapter 2. Orwell tells the reader he ‘was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon’, setting him up immediately in competition His description goes on to describe him as ‘quicker in speech and more inventive ‘. This is proven when he emerges later in Chapter 4 as the brave hero of the Battle of the Cowshed after which we see him awarded with the military decoration of ‘Animal Hero First Class’ while the reader realizes Napoleon seems to be conspicuous in his absence. Moreover, Snowball invents plans for the windmill and Orwell outlines all his creative ideas in his committees and therefore Napoleon clearly makes plans to expel him from the farm. The key difference between Shakespeare and Orwell’s presentations is that we witness Macbeth’s thought processes and plans while Orwell keeps the reader in the dark yet offers them clues that Napoleon is not to be trusted. It comes as no surprise to the reader in Chapter 5 when Napoleon unleashes his personally educated dogs, who represent Stalin’s secret police, on Snowball. Both leaders maintain power by eradicating any competition.

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