Literary Devices in Animal Farm

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Literary devices used in Animal Farm Timothy Quong

What is the definition of a good novel? Opinions on this question may differ, but there are many things that good novels have in common. Most importantly, the reader must enjoy the novel. When I use the word enjoy, I don't necessarily mean that it should make the reader ‘happy' or ‘joyful'. The novel should give the reader a valuable or worthwhile experience. Many good novels often address topics that relate to our own reality. In George Orwell's Animal Farm, one of the main focuses is on power and corruption.

Although consisting of only 95 pages, Animal Farm is effective in delivering its message. Orwell uses a variety of literary devices in Animal Farm that make it a deceptively complex and effective novel. I have decided to examine three of these literary devices: Structure, atmosphere, and irony. To chart the progression of the story, I will demonstrate how different things change throughout the story.

Work and food-
After the revolution, all the animals shared the food equally. They also worked to their own capacity. The first cases of inequality occur in the third chapter. All the milk and windfall apples are given to the pigs, instead of being shared among all the animals. After Napoleon took power, the common animals worked 60 hours a week and had to work on Sundays as well. In the past, each animal worked to his own capacity, now anyone that didn't work on Sunday would have his rations reduced. As the story progresses, the rations of the working animals slowly decrease and the amount of work increases.

After the death of Old Major, seven commandments were proclaimed. Over time, the pigs changed the commandments. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy – The pigs engage in business and trade with the humans. Napoleon socializes and plays cards with the humans. Four legs good, two legs bad – Four legs goo, two legs better. No animal shall wear clothes – The pigs...
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