Animal Farm: Context & Characterisation

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Key takeaways
Knowledge of the events of the Russian Revolution
An understanding of how an allegory can be used to make a political statement
How the characters in the book can be interpreted to represent social, political and historical figures 
Sarah LeesHost: Sarah is an English teacher at a Grammar school in South East London. She studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent and trained for her PGCE at UCL six years ago. She also teaches Film Studies at A level.

Context is everything. Knowing the background to a piece of writing can completely alter how you perceive it.

In this class, students will have an introduction to the historical and political context of Animal Farm and will examine why George Orwell chose specific animals to represent historical figures and ideas. They will be introduced to the events of the Russian Revolution and how Orwell uses an allegory to depict his political view. 

This is a great class to see how the context of any piece of writing is integral in order to truly understand the piece of work. 

Related Classes

If you found this class interesting you may want to have a look at more of our English Curriculum Satchel Classes such as: English: Analysing Persuasive Speech in Animal Farm.


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Suitable for:
This class is suitable for students in Years 7-11 or S1-S5 who are reading Animal Farm in English.
Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
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