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by George Orwell

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In Animal Farm, what technique does Orwell use to cast doubt on the likelihood of a successful revolution?

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The fact that George Orwell refers to Animal Farm as a "fairy story" already prepares the reader for what they might read. The reader expects exaggeration and certainly a story with embellishments and vivid character representations. He uses anthropomorphism to emphasize his point as animals take on human characteristics and history repeats itself when power is exposed as an over-riding force allowing for exploitation, regardless of who or what is driving it. The very fact that "some animals are more equal than others," alludes to what will be a less-than-successful rebellion, although those in power would, ironically, disagree as Napoleon is very proud of his ability to walk on two legs at the end and the mantra becomes, "four legs good, two legs better."     

Making use of animals as his main characters also allows Orwell , cleverly, to simplify his version of The Russian Revolution...

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