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  • 1. Vocabulary for Animal Farm By: Emily and Elaine
  • 2. Propaganda- n.
    • Definition- Ideas, information, or other material disseminated to win people over to a given doctrine.
  • 3. Propaganda
    • Examples:
    • Squealer convinces the other animals that Napoleon is the better ruler and that Snowball is the one causing all of the problems.
    • The Seven Commandments are made by the pigs for the betterment of the farm. They are continually changed by Squealer and he convinces the animals that the changes are the original version.
  • 4. Conditioned Behavior- n.
    • Definition- Exhibiting or trained to exhibit a new or modified response or behavior.
  • 5. Conditioned Behavior
    • Example:
    • The dogs, as puppies, are trained by Napoleon in isolation to protect, obey, and be loyal to him. They help get rid of Snowball and help Napoleon’s rule become a dictatorship.
  • 6. Indoctrination- n.
    • Definition- to teach to accept a system of thought uncritically
  • 7. Indoctrination
    • Example:
    • The sheep are trained to teach the animals to accept Napoleon’s ideas. They are always chanting, “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Later they will be trained to chant, “Four legs good, two legs better.”
  • 8. Revolution- n.
    • Definition- a sudden political overthrow brought about from within a given system.
  • 9. Revolution
    • Example:
    • In the beginning of the book, the animals overthrow Jones and take control of the farm. They want to gain control over their food, the farm and the way they are treated.
  • 10. Justice- n.
    • Definition- Upholding of what is just– fair treatment in due reward in accordance with standards and laws.
  • 11. Justice
    • Example:
    • There is no justice in the story, but the animals are convinced that there is justice in the way Napoleon rules. However, the animals question some of his ideas and decisions.
  • 12. Authoritative- adj.
    • Definition- having expert knowledge.
  • 13. Authoritative
    • Example:
    • All of the pigs, including Squealer and Napoleon, have expert knowledge. They are literate and they know what is really going on at the farm. They have enough knowledge to be able to inference that Jones will be coming back. The pigs also use propaganda to get the animals against Snowball.
  • 14. Socialist- n. or adj.
    • Definition- Advocated economic collectivism through government or industrial ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods.
  • 15. Socialist
    • Example:
    • During the beginning of the story, Jones handles finances and owns the land and the means of production.
  • 16. Democracy- n.
    • Definition- system of government where ultimate political power is vested in the people.
  • 17. Democracy
    • Example:
    • After the revolution, the animals have total control of Animal Farm. Each of the animals have an equal voice. They elect the pigs as their leaders because they know that the pigs are the smartest. Eventually the pigs begin to gain more power and stray farther away from the idea of democracy.
  • 18. Tyranny- n.
    • Definition- a government where a single ruler is vested with absolute power.
  • 19. Tyranny
    • Example:
    • In the beginning, Jones is a single ruler who has absolute power over the animals and the farm. When the pigs overthrow Jones, they become the leaders. Eventually, Snowball gets run out of the farm, and Napoleon is leader. He takes the place of Jones and becomes a tyrant.
  • 20. Fascism- n.
    • Definition- political system of extreme right– which incorporates the principles of the leader and exercise of absolute power by the king.
  • 21. Fascism
    • Example:
    • Everybody on the farm follows Napoleon’s principles and rules; Napoleon has complete power over the animals.
  • 22. Utopia- n.
    • Definition- a place of ideal perfection, especially in laws, government, and social conditions.
  • 23. Utopia
    • Example:
    • In the beginning, Old Major’s dream becomes the vision of Utopia. Old Major’s idea of Utopia is a place where man has no part. The closest the animals get to that vision is a few weeks after they overthrow Jones. Napoleon prevents this from happening when he becomes the leader. In the end, the pigs faces could not be distinguished with the humans faces.
  • 24. Source Citations
    • http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/erc/postergallery/images/posters/russian10big.jpg
    • http://www.straubs.net/images/Stahl/police_dogs.jpg
    • http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/YGLNews/images/sheep.jpg
    • http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/works/1930-hrr/index.jpg
  • 25. Source Citations cont.
    • http://www.plu.edu/~prelaw/img/justice-scale-2.jpg
    • http://www.advocatesforanimals.org.uk/campaigns/farmed/pigs/images/pig.jpg
    • http://www.geocities.com/millviewshepherds/may04-puppies.jpg
    • http://www.nlg.dk/tintypes/farmers.jpg
  • 26. Source Citations pg. 3
    • http://www.oah.org/images/democracy-225px.gif
    • http://www.biografiasyvidas.com/biografia/s/fotos/stalin.jpg
    • http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40732000/jpg/_40732471_swastika_203.jpg
    • http://www.techno-utopia.com/techno-utopia.jpg