How do I annotate the first page of Ch. 5 of Animal Farm?
Annotation of the first page of chapter 5 could focus on notes about Mollie.
Annotation is the act of marking a text, looking for specific elements. What you annotate for can vary, but a focus on characters, setting, rhetorical strategies, and themes is a good start. Chapter 5 begins with a description of Mollie. It would be a good place to start. Underline or highlight details related to Mollie. For example, “troublesome” and “complained of mysterious pains” and “her appetite was excellent.” All of these demonstrate that Mollie is not pulling her weight.
In the next paragraph, Clover tries to talk to her. Phrases to highlight or underline would be “I saw you looking over the hedge” and “he was talking to you and you were allowing him to stroke your nose.” Mollie denies it. This demonstrates that Mollie is beginning to turn. She is more interested in the benefits of humans, such as sugar and attention, and does not care about the animals or Animal Farm. She never has.
Annotation can also involve comments. You can write comments in the margins related to how Mollie’s behavior was foreshadowed, or what her behavior now might indicate (such as that she might leave).