Discuss the ways in which Old Major uses language to persuade his listeners in Chapter 1 of Animal Farm.
In addition to the above answer, for each of his criticisms against man, Old Major backs it up with supporting statements. They are not abstract declarations either, but "hit home" in a very concrete way. Injustice rings out loud and clear when Old Major speaks about the manner in which the animals are overworked, underfed, and even deprived of their young. For the young porkers, they will meet their fate at the chopping block within a year. He offers an arguement difficult to contradict.
Old Major also gives the animals the hope of another viable option. He appeals to an ethic of fairness and solidarity absent under the "regime" of Farmer Jones. This is communism in pure theory, not practice - given in the true Marxist spirit. In reality, it is about as accessible as Sugercandy Mountain.
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