Animal Farm: Indoctrinate

Today we will begin with the ways in which the Herd is intellectualy managed.  This video is ‘age restricted’.  We will guess why after we watch it:

Let’s review the 3 steps from last session’s video:

  1. Indoctrinate – the object of today’s video.
  2. Get people to argue among themselves – divide and conquer.
  3. Create an external enemy to ‘fight’ against.

We wil read Chapter 4.  Please answer the following 5 questions:

Animal Farm: On the (Tax) Farm

We will begin with and discuss this video:

Let’s review the SEVEN Commandments of Animalism:

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall sleep in a bed
  4. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  5. No animal shall kill other animal.
  6. No animal shall wear clothes.
  7. All animals are equal.

Explain, in your opinion, what’s the meaning of this bit of foreshadowing (30 points):

“What is going to happen to all that milk” said someone.

Animal Farm: Setting the Stage

Old Major

Old Major is Mr Jones’ prize boar. He gathers all the animals together in the big barn to make a speech. He tells the animals that mankind and Mr Jones are the ‘enemy’, it is their fault that the animals’ lives are miserable. He points out how cruel the men are to the animals – consuming without producing. He says that one day a rebellion will come – the animals will overthrow mankind and live in harmony.

Old Major is very intelligent, well-respected, an excellent speaker and an inspiration to the animals. He ends his speech by teaching the animals a song called Beasts of England. It is about a time when animals are free and humans are overthrown. He dies shortly after giving his speech and the other pigs take what they learnt from him and create ‘Animalism’, a set of rules for animals to live by.


(30 points) Analyze Old Major’s rhetoric.  How does his word usage tug at the emotions of the animals?  What are the key words he uses to get them to feel the way he wants? Explain in a coherent, complex 12th grade level paragraph please.

  • “Why then do we continue in this miserable condition? Because nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us by human beings. There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems.”
  • “Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that 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. What then must we do? Why, work day and night, body and soul for the overthrow of the human race! That is my message to you comrade: Rebellion!”




 PJW Video, “Us and Them”


Learning Target: Creating societal division in order to rule.

Assignment: Please provide a short definition for each vocabulary word (7 are done for you)

The Hunger Games: Trailer:


  • Glenn Greenwald’s “The Masking of the Servant Class”.

Animal Farm –

  • Back cover
  • Author Bio
  • Begin Chapter 1