ANIMAL FARM RESPONSE TO READING The main focus of this response is the way in which an author uses character to develop a theme. The character is Napoleon and the theme is the abuse of power. Skim read the novel and identify those parts that are relevant to the sections below. Then scan these parts of the novel and select details or specific quotations that you feel bring out the bullet points in each section below. Firstly, look at the way Napoleon gains power (Skim chapters 1 – V, then scan relevant parts for evidence): - his physical appearance - his cunning - his aggressiveness How do you respond to this? Eg What is your attitude to how he gains power? Etc. Secondly, look at the way Napoleon keeps power (Skim chapters VI – VIII, then scan relevant parts for evidence): - his ruthlessness (particularly to the hens) - the way he uses Squealer and the other pigs - the way he uses the other animals fear and loyalty How do you respond to this? Eg What does this say to you about the problem of dealing with a dictator? Thirdly, look at the effect of Napoleon’s abuse of power (Skim chapters IX – X, then scan relevant parts for evidence): - on himself - on the other animals (particularly on Boxer) - on the ideals of Animal Farm (as proposed by Old Major) How do you respond to this? Eg What for you is the worst thing about this abuse of power? Etc. Now write up your findings and ideas in a response: Introduction: Introduce the main points of the story; introduce the character of Napoleon and the idea of the abuse of power. (50 words) Section 1: how Napoleon gains power (200 words) Section 2: how Napoleon keeps power (200 words) Section 3: the effects of napoleon’s abuse of power (200 words) Conclusion: how well for you the novel made you think about how power is abused and its effects (50 words).
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