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Animal Farm Irony Essay

  • Submitted by: arslan786
  • on October 9, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 633 words

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      Animal farm is a classic portrayal of how power can affect the goals and hopes of society.   Animal farm, a story by George Orwell begins with a revolution, and a lot of hopes for a perfect society being developed by the animals, by kicking off the humans from the farm.   But slowly, the leading officials “the pigs” get a taste of power, from then things began to change. A very important part of the novel is the irony George Orwell used to make this novel what it is.   In this story, irony is used to show lack of equality, no matter what the original intent was, can result in oppression. Orwell used three types of irony in his story, dramatic irony, verbal irony, and situational irony.

Dramatic irony is inherent in speeches or a situation of drama which is understood by the reader but not gasped by the characters in the story. A scene in the story that shows the irony is when Boxer “the horse” is sent off to be slaughtered by Napoleon. The animals are told by squealer that he is being sent off to the hospital, but the readers know that he is not being sent to the hospital. George Orwell used Dramatic irony to make the reader jump out of there sits and tell the animals what is really happening to them and how their being fooled by the pigs.

Verbal irony is when a person or a character in the story says or writes something but means another thing. “No animals may drink alcohol” was one of the seven commandments which were made by the pigs. Later in the story the pigs started drinking alcohol and then they changed the commandment to “no animal may drink alcohol to excess”. Another verbal irony was “all animals are created equal” soon it changes to “all animals are created equal, but some are more equal then others”. In Animal farm, it is used to criticize dictatorship and communism “no animal shall sleep in the bed”, but the pigs start sleeping in the human beds and change the commandment to “no animal shall sleep in the bed with...

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