Animal Farm Questions and Answers
by George Orwell

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Please write a short answer that answers the following questions: How is Orwell's Animal Farm an allegory? Be specific and provide examples from the text to support your statements. What are the rhetorical components of this allegory? How is the use of allegory as a rhetorical device different from simply laying out a non-fictional account, or a historical or statistical analysis of the period and the rise of the Communist Party? Do you think that Orwell's use of allegory rhetorically is successful? Explain.

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Animal Farm is an allegory of the Bolshevik Revolution. We can explain this fact by going through the story detail by detail and by noting the striking similarities between the animal characters and the actual human beings who participated in the 1917 upheaval and the early history of the Soviet Union. Yet it is arguably only partly, in my view, that specific rhetorical devices within the story establish it as an allegory. The story speaks for itself, but it is nevertheless crucial that a reader must have a prior knowledge of history in order to understand what Animal Farm is really about.

The meaning and the literary and intellectual value of Orwell 's book therefore rest partly on factors external to the book itself. This is perhaps true to an extent of most literature. Books do not exist in a vacuum, but achieve...

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