We are about to read George Orwell’s notorious novella, Animal Farm. In this novella, Orwell writes about a world where animals overthrow the oppressive farmer Mr. Jones and try to construct a society based on the founding principal that “All animals are equal.” As we read Animal Farm, you will soon discover that the animal society is not so different from human society. Many societies have attempted to implement this idea of equality at the onset of a revolution. For example, the motto of the French Revolution was “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” Likewise, at the onset of the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson set the tone when he wrote that “All men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence. In both the Russian and Chinese Revolutions, revolutionary leaders gained support among the peasants and workers by embracing the socialist idea that class differences should be erased to achieve equality.
In all of these revolutions, people became captivated by this vision of a life filled with equality. However, what exactly is equality? Does equality mean that everyone receives the same opportunities? Does equality mean that everyone deserves the same paycheck? Does equality mean that everyone should pay the same taxes? Does equality mean that everyone should have an equal voice in government? Does equality mean that everyone should expect the same standard of living? Does equality mean that everyone has the same athleticism and intelligence? Is equality actually a feasible goal or is it just a lofty ideal that will always lay beyond our reach?
Before you begin reading Animal Farm, explore your own attitude on this concept. In a thoughtful, five paragraph argument, respond to the following prompt:
Life in the United States would be perfect if everyone were equal. Agree, disagree, or qualify.
Your argument blog must include:
1. Thesis statement
2. A “statement of context” that includes three specific points.
3. Three body paragraphs that coincide with your thesis/statement of context. Your should support your ideas with at least one example from the class discussion, at least one example from 2081, and a reference to another student’s blog.
4. Concluding statement
This blog will be DUE the morning of Thursday, February 1 for both Ms. Houlahan and Ms. Kindred. This blog will be DUE at 9 p.m. on February 2 for Ms. Wantz.