English coursework Help

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    I'm currently doing coursework on Animal farm and 1986 and my question is "to extent in which George Orwell similarly present ways in which the governments control the masses?" I'm struggling with how to start and the different things to write. Also struggling with how I'm going to incorporate Marxism into this piece of coursework.

    How do the pigs control what happens on the farm? Look a range of methods - the dogs, trials, war against neighbouring farms, Moses, threats of Jones returning, lies, the sheep drowning out protests, Minimus.
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    Struggling with the introduction, a short but direct intro and also how should I put Marxism into the the two novels.

    Look at the general theory of Marxism - what it is and what Karl Marx originally wanted. I'm doing a similar essay focusing on just AF, so I can see where you are coming from. Look at how Orwell as a writer demonstrates totalitarian and dictatorial ways through the pigs. Old Major is supposed to represent Karl Marx so his ideas represent the ideology that he wants the farm to follow. But, Snowball and Napoleon corrupt these ideas and change them to suit what they want, rather than what OM wanted in the first place. "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others" is something that you can reference to in this respect.

    If you get stuck let me know, I'll try my best to help you out!

    No advice on the actual books themselves but I'm also doing comparative coursework so as for how to start, I would suggest getting a big A3 sheet of paper and planning what points you will compare and the general structure of the coursework. Then you can go through both books making quote lists to support each point, once you've done that it should be fairly easy to start writing.
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