Animal Farm


Discussion Topics

  1. What role does propaganda play in the novel? Do you think that Napoleon could have established a dictatorship without propaganda? Could he have maintained his dictatorship without propaganda?
  2. Does the fact that Old Major’s vision of a utopian society lacked structure mean that the animals could not have achieved a true Socialist society?
  3. How do the Seven Commandments transform into a single commandment that goes against the nature and intent of the original Seven Commandments?
  4. What is the importance of Snowball being used as a scapegoat? How have real-life dictators employed scapegoats to help establish the legitimacy of their regimes?
  5. Was the betrayal and murder of Boxer at the end of the novel necessary to prove his abuse by the pigs throughout the novel?
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Essays About Animal Farm