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Topics for Further Study

(Novels for Students)

Research a current political scandal on the state, local, or national level, or one from the past (such as Watergate or Tammany Hall). Develop a brief animal allegory of the main figures involved, using some of the same animals found in Orwell's novel.

Using examples from classic animal fables, report on how Orwell's novel conforms and/or deviates from features found in those you've investigated.

Analyze how Squealer manipulates language to get the animals to go along with him, then watch the evening news or read periodicals to find similar uses of language in speeches or press releases from contemporary politicians.