Macbeth and Animal Farm Essay

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AO3 = explain links between the texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects Focus on progression of power

Compare the way George Orwell and William Shakespeare present and develop power and attitudes to power in Animal Farm and Macbeth.

Writer’s sharing of attitudes other characters and writers
AO1 = respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations
AO2 = explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings
AO4 = relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self
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Lady Macbeth takes advantage over Macbeth by persuading him to kill Duncan so she can have more power. Napoleon uses Squealer to take advantage of the other animals by making them their slaves and being made to believe all Napoleon’s decisions are best for the farm.
Both Napoleon and Macbeth become power hungry which turns into a negative effect, both use violence to gain power by installing fear into people
Macbeth’s hunger for power causes him to murder many innocent people and eventually leads to him downfall. Napoleon’s hunger for power causes him to use excessive force and make the animals do slave labor.
-both Napoleon and Macbeth represent Stalin
One is a play, one is a novel
M written in 1606 when James 1 was in power in England (birth of the Stuart regime)
AF was published in August 1945 after the Russian Revolution of 1917 + predicted the Cold War.

Throughout both ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Animal Farm’ the audience can see a large amount of deceit, treachery and a lack of trust between the leaders’ and their followers. Shakespeare shows this deceit in Macbeth’s relationship with other characters where he hides his true feelings and ‘is here in double trust’. However, the audience is