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What are five main points of Major's speech in Animal Farm?    

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In Orwell’s allegorical novel Animal Farm, Old Major, an aging pig at the end of his life, presents an emotional call to action to his fellow farm animals. In his speech, Major presents a clear enemy—man—and explains that to overcome this enemy, the animals must be prepared to revolt. Major’s speech is effective because he uses many of the rhetorical devices and structures observed in political speeches.

Major realizes he is suggesting the unthinkable to his animal colleagues, so he spends time throughout his speech developing his credibility. It is important that those listening believe that he has the background to bring forth these suggestions. The fact that the animals stop to listen to him speak allows us insight into the credibility that already exists. Major develops this by explaining to the crowd of listeners that he “has had a long life . . . had much time for thought” and “understand[s] the nature of life on this earth as well as any animal now living.” Because...

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