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Guidelines for Animal Farm Essay Honors I Literary Analysis

Think About This: It has been said that George Orwells four great motives for writing are sheer egotism, artistic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. We know he was an advocate for liberty and said, If liberty means anything at all, it means telling people what they do not want to hear. Orwell illustrates his contempt for totalitarianism in both his later works, Animal Farm and 1984. His satire can best be understood in the phrase, All animals are equal but some are more equal than others. Pre-Write About This: List at least three events that occur in Animal Farm that symbolize or correspond to historical events. Then make a connection between the two and explain what Orwell meant by including this event. You may want to use Three Columns for each of the events and your connections. Animal Farm Event 1. Milk and apples are missing and found in Pigs mush. Historical Event 1. Bolsheviks lived in Czars Palace and ate rich foods. My Connections Orwell shows leaders are corrupt when they get power because they grant themselves privileges.

You may want to use a Venn Diagram for each of the events and your connections.
Animal Farm Event Historical Event
Bolsheviks lived in Czars palace and ate rich foods.

My Connections Orwell shows leaders are corrupt when they get power because they grant themselves privileges.

Milk and Apples are found in pigs mush.

You may want to use a Cluster or Map for each of the events and your connections.
Animal Farm Event Milk and Apples are found in pigs mush. Historical Event Bolsheviks lived in Czars palace and ate rich foods.

Orwell shows leaders are corrupt when they get power because they grant themselves privileges. My Connections

Write About This: Animal Farm was written as a satire, a warning or a protest against totalitarianism. It is important to show your understanding of its theme. Write a Five-Paragraph Essay that explains Orwells use of satire in Animal Farm. Use your pre-writing activities to focus on three targets of satire and explain how Orwell uses each event to aim his satire at all failed revolutions. Your essay should demonstrate your understanding of how Orwell ridicules (through satire) the ruthless methods of power-hungry leaders. Introductory Paragraph
This paragraph narrows your topic from the world and the universal truths presented in the book to the theme and its satire. Hook Opens your essay about something the novel is about

TAG Includes an interesting statement about the book with the author and title. Linking Statements These narrow your topic from the book in general to the theme and satire. Thesis Thesis states three targets Orwell is using to ridicule and denounce totalitarianism. X = A+B+C
(Satire) (Targets of Satire)

Support Paragraphs
Topic Sentence About A Two CDs that include Two Blended Quotations Topic Sentence About B Two CDs that include Two Blended Quotations

Topic Sentence About C Two CDs that include Two Blended Quotations

Concluding Paragraph Restatement of Thesis Insight Why does Orwell target all these events to warn us? What Value or message is he trying to convey? Quote from your article and explain why Animal Farm is timeless.

ESSAY REMINDERS I. Check your INTRODUCTION for the following:

a.) Clear, meaningful Hook and TAG Is this opening interesting? It should not name the targets yet. b.) Clear, meaningful thesis statement including all three targets of satire. Is this the last sentence of this paragraph? c.) Correct punctuation, grammar, present tense, spelling, active voice II. Check your SUPPORT/BODY PARAGRAPHS for the following:

a.) Topic sentence that introduces Orwells target of satire. Avoid using plot summary for this sentence. Include Orwell in this sentence and what he hates. b.) Two chunks with CD/ BQ and 2 CMs in each; use meaningful quotations that reinforce how and why Orwell uses satire to show his contempt for totalitarianism. c.) Optional: Concluding sentence in each support paragraph that ties his story to history. You may want to lead into next paragraph. III. Overall check list for ENTIRE ESSAY including conclusion:

a.) Are your 3 targets different from each other to justify separate paragraphs? b.) Do your sentences include solid, concise vocabulary? c.) Do you have any comma splices, run-ons, or fragments? d.) Did you double space and use 12 pt. font size? e.) Is your essay an explanation of Orwells satire? Does it explain his use of symbolism that represents his hatred for dictatorship? f.) Does your concluding paragraph show your insight into Orwells satire, his warning, and/or his connection to todays world issues? Does it include a blended quotation from news article and a sentence or two on why Orwells themes and satire are relevant today? g.) Is your essay at least one page and no more than three pages? h.) Did you cite your quotations and type up a Works Cited Page? i.) Did you turn paper in to turnitin.com and print our full text receipt?

j.) Do you know where you put your chart to include with your essay? Helpful Hints on Writing Animal Farm Essay Do not use Passive Voice: subj. verb, past tense Do use Active Voice: present tense

NO: Satire is used by Orwell to show a totalitarian government. YES: Orwell uses satire to ridicule the failed results of a nave rebellion that allows for a totalitarian regime to replace its former oppressive government. NO: Betrayal is conveyed when Napoleon changes all the commandments. YES: When Napoleon changes all the commandments he betrays the ideals of Animalism. Parallel Structure: same parts of speech

NO: Orwell targets failed revolutions, when leaders are corrupt, and keeping the masse ignorant. YES: Orwell targets failed revolutions, corrupt leaders, and ignorant masses. Avoid wordiness (too many words, padding) and redundancy (repetition):

NO: Throughout the story many disputes and conflicts happen and continue to happen between two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, two prize winning boars, on issues and events on the farm. YES: After the rebellion, Napoleon and Snowball dispute farm issues because they both want prosperity but conflict in their methods. Avoid Vague Sentences: too general, not clear

NO: Orwell criticizes the ways people feel about their government leaders. YES: Orwell criticizes peoples blind faith in their corrupt political leaders. Meaningful Blended Quotations:

NO: Orwell states a good point when he says, Old Majors dream was an inspiration to the animals unity behind the rebellion. YES: When Orwell explains, Old Major he builds the spirit