Friday, September 19, 2008

Animal Farm’s Mood

Animal Farm by George Orwell, a book about an animal led revolution against humans, has a basically depressing, dark mood. Orwell’s main purpose was to warn the readers of the ideals off the society in which we live in today. He achieved this by criticizing communism and showing that it doesn’t work. In this book, he focuses on the negative effects of revolution, and is critical of communism. He does this by creating a depressing mood in order to lure the reader to his side and warn him of the dangers of the society in which we live in. He establishes this dark mood through setting, vivid descriptions, and the fear factor. The setting of the story is in a farm, that is somewhat isolated from the rest of civilization, which creates a rather eerie, depressing mood. The following quote exhibits a description of the weather portraying a rather gloomy mood: “It was a bitter winter. The stormy weather was followed by sleet and snow, and then by a hard frost which did not break till well into February.” Orwell uses the fear factor to display the mood, for he is constantly talking about the gruesome punishments received by traitors, etc. The diction of Animal Farm is rather political, for Orwell uses words such as “comrades” and “commandments”. He does this in order to fulfill his purpose, which is to criticize as well as well as warn the readers of the negative effects of communism.
Samar Al Ansari
Grade 10.3
Feb. 10.’04

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