Rhetorical Analysis Of Animal Farm

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Novelist, George Orwell, in his novel, Animal Farm, describes a speech given by Old Major. Old Major’s purpose is to have the animals realize that the time for them to stand up for themselves is now. Their farmer only gives them the minimum of food that is required to keep them alive and working. He adopts an understanding tone in order to signify that he has seen too much and wants to help this generation of farm animals. The farm animals were in a little denial about what Old Major told them. First, Old Major begins his speech by expressing the nature of life, of a farm animal. Old Major points out to his audience, “We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous …show more content…
He adds on by clarifying, “all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings? Only get rid of Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own. Almost overnight we could become rich and free” (Orwell 7). He proposes to his audience that they need to rebel in order to be free from the life they are in right now because of Mr. Jones. The audience realizes what Old Major is trying to clarify to them and all cry for a Rebellion.
Lastly, Old Major examines his dream by analyzing the concepts that have appeared. He appeals to the attentive audience to tell his dream, “Many years ago, when I was a little pig, my mother and the other sows used to sing an old song of which they knew only the tune and the first three words. I had known that tune in my infancy, but it had long since passed my mind . . . I will sing that song now . . .”(Orwell 9). He tells this to his audience in order to give them a sense of understanding. He has viewed everything long enough to be