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What is the central irony of the entire novel of animal farm and describe the central...

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joe4 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2010 at 9:27 AM via web

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What is the central irony of the entire novel of animal farm and describe the central irony by using quotes from the book

all i know is taht old major said a speech and said man is bad without man we can be better well teh central irony is that when they rebelled and animals took over it made a great load of central irony, but can some people help me by giving me other information and quotes about central irony in the entire novel of animal farm

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 8, 2010 at 9:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Other people may have different ideas, but to me, the central irony in this novel is that things do not really change after the revolution.

As you say, Old Major says that things will be better once the people are overthrown.  But what really happens is that nothing changes.  Instead, the pigs just take the place of the human beings and they start to treat the other animals just like the people did.

For quotes, you could use the thing about some animals being more equal.  Or you can look in the last chapter for ways the pigs are just like people.  Or you can look at how Boxer is treated when he dies.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM (Answer #2)

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A central irony of Animal Farm  is that the pigs actually become what they set out to destroy - humanity, but more specifically, certain humans. They became humans involved in the acts that totalitarian leaders have tried for years.

Take a look at chapter 9. Napoleon arranges all things in order to preserve his kind: the pig. He begins plans for a school, single-handedly authors a new generation, and makes law that pigs are to be treated as more special than others. They get to wear green ribbons and other animal breeds have to get out of their way when passing. He is the perfect model of a leader who tries to change a people to be just like him. All others suffer extreme loss.

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