What objects could represent Old Major in the book Animal Farm?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the novel 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell the character 'Old Major' could be represented by an old bottle of vintage wine - because it gets more valuable (wiser?) with age. He is represented as something which is 'good for its age.' Perhaps the wine should be a white bordeaux or another white wine which can actually accrue value with age, as he has been portrayed as a 'white boar.' Also, wine should be drunk within three days of opening - and Old Major dies three days after the meeting - in his sleep. 'Old Major' calls the other characters together to rally,as workers, against injustice - as Karl Marx did. The word 'prize' certainly ties in with the idea of a prized vintage bottle of wine - it would be expensive and mature.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a little bit difficult because Old Major dies so early in book.  We don't really get to know all that much about him except for his political ideas.

The only traits I associate with Old Major are

  • He's old
  • He was a prize-winning boar and still looks majestic
  • He's an intellectual -- a thinker and very wise.

None of these lend themselves too well to objects, I don't think.  My best thoughts would be a cane for his age, a pair of reading glasses or some sort of philosophy book or something like that to show his intellect.


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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Old Major is the voice of revolution and socialism.  He installs in the others the ideal that they should take control of their own destiny.  He teaches the animals that humans are bad and nothing more than parasites.  He is the true socialist.  However, he has had a good life and had the chance to grow old and fat on the farm.

I looked around for an object that to me represents Old Major.  The object that I would chose would be an empty journal or a blank piece of paper since Old Major dies before the rest of his ideas can turned to accomplishments. I believe he had good intent and ideals for the farm but he did not get to finish.  His page is left blank.


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