Chapter 1

Read chapter 1 and try to think critically when answering the questions.

 

In chapter 1, animals are introduced, some by their breed and the others by their names.

 

Think about these questions as you read. Remember to take notes as you go.

  1. The Major teaches the animals a song which should represent the idealised vision of the future. Study the words of the song and list the ways the future is shown.

  2. Names of characters were carefully chosen by Orwell. Provide some examples where the name reflects the character ´s qualities.

  3. The animals should be equal, however, in chapter 1 there are some indications that THE are NOT EQUAL. Identify signs of inequality in the chapter. Why do you think Orwell uses these early indications?

 

Now, summarise the answers and submit to read@languagepartner.eu. We look forward to your e-mails!

Beasts of England

Beasts of England! Beasts of Ireland!

Beasts of land and sea and skies!

Hear the hoofbeats of tomorrow!

See the golden future rise!

 

How does the life of an animal pass?

In endless drudgery.

What's the first lesson an animal learns?

To endure its slavery.

How does the life of an animal end?

In cruel butchery.

 

Beasts of England! Beasts of Ireland!

Beasts of land and sea and skies!

Hear the hoofbeats of tomorrow!

See the golden future rise!

 

Now the day of beasts is coming,

Tyrant man shall lose his throne

And the shining fields of England

Shall be trod by beasts alone.

 

Pull the rings from out your noses

Tear the saddle from your back!

Bit and spur must rust forever,

Cruel whips no more shall crack.

 

Beasts of England, seize the prizes,

Wheat and barley, oats and hay,

Clover, beans and mangel wurzel

Shall be ours upon that day.