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ANIMAL FARM Writing Assignment ASSIGNMENT
In ANIMAL FARM, Orwell shows how both the leaders and the followers in a society can act in ways that destroy freedom and equality. Choose one leader and one follower from the novel and explain how the behavior of each contributes to the loss of freedom and equality on Animal Farm.

PREWRITING
Step 1 List the various leaders of Animal Farm. Looking back through the novel, find several examples of actions the leaders take that curtail the rights of the animals. Then decide which leader you want to focus on in your paper and answer the following questions about that leader. A. What specific actions does the leader take that destroy freedom and weaken equality on Animal Farm? List at least five examples from the novel. B. How would you judge or characterize the behavior of the leader? For example, is it selfish? Fearful? Grandiose? Manipulative? C. How does that leader gain and keep his power? D. What does the goal or the aim of the leader seem to be? Does he achieve it? Step 2 The followers of Animal Farm want freedom and equality, but the leaders do not. However, the followers often act and think in ways that make it easy for the leaders to take advantage of them. List several followers from the story whose behavior Orwell satirizes. Then choose the character you would like to focus on in your paper and answer the following questions. A. How does the character act in specific situations to weaken equality and give up his or her freedom? List at least three examples. B. Does the character realize that the animals are losing their freedom and equality? Why or why not? C. Does the character influence the attitudes and behaviors of other followers on Animal Farm? If so, how? If not, why not? D. Is the behavior of the character typical of that of most other followers on Animal Farm? Can you identify a type of behavior that puts the ideals of freedom and equality in danger? Step 3 In addition to your introductory and...
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