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pancake25 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 7, 2010 at 3:20 AM via web

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What would be a good attention-getter for an Animal Farm essay about how Socialism can easily be turned into Totalitarianism?

My thesis is: Animal Farm proves that socialism may easily be turned into something ugly like Totalitarianism. I was hoping to use humor- as in something funny to start off my paragraph....but I can't think of anything.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 7, 2010 at 4:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Sometimes a good way to make a point and do so humorously is by opening with an anecdote. In the case of your particular topic, you might want to provide a hypothetical example of how socialism can turn into totalitarianism. You might use a classroom setting in which everyone is a socialist and then show the reader details that make clear the slippery slope to totalitarianism.  It is easy to show how quickly socialism will deteriorate!  Other possible settings for a vignette might be an office, a family, or a summer camp.  I don't know if you watch The Office, but if I were writing this paper, I would be tempted to use that setting and those characters to show how socialism works when it is put into practice and is not just an idea on paper.  It would be fun to give them a situation in which totalitarianism would reign after about five minutes. 

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