What is the tone of voice used in Beasts of England and Comrade Napoleon?
In Animal Farm, the tone of Beasts of England reflects its purpose: it is stirring and enthusiastic, as a means of encouraging the animals to come together and overthrow Man, their sworn enemy. This upbeat and positive tone is reinforced by words like "bright," "joyful" and "shine."
While the tone of Comrade Napoleon is equally lively, there are some key differences to consider. The voice of Comrade Napoleon is submissive and obedient and this is demonstrated through the use of words like "faithful" and "commanding." In employing this type of tone, the song implies that the animals cannot survive without Napoleon's support, as we see in the following lines:
Thou are the giver of
All that thy creatures love.
In contrast, Beasts of England emphasises the equality and resourcefulness of all animals:
And the fruitful fields of England,
Shall be trod by beasts alone.
In creating this stirring tone, Beasts of England inspires the animals to rebel against Mr Jones while Comrade Napoleon simply emphasises their inferiority.