Animal Farm Double-Entry Journal example
The following is an example of a few different double-entry journal responses. Some will be longer than others. Remember, this is really just for your own reference during the seminar; the more examples you have to pull from, the better you will be able to contribute.
OPTION 1:The traditional way
Quotation or Synopsis of Scene
1. "Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as any two ordinary horses put together" (3)
2. "The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership." (23)
Connections to the Essential Questions
1. Boxer is the strongest of all the animals on the farm. since he is the strongest, he does the most work. The pigs' (which are like the humans) nature is to get as much work out of the animals as they can, no matter the cost. Their nature undermines their desire for equality. Boxer's famous quote was "I will work harder." This was his answer for everything. In the end when Boxer got sick, his work didn't matter anymore. Napoleon sent him to the slaughterhouse, despite everything Boxer did for the farm. Sometimes things like this happen in our society today. The people that do the most work and labor the most don't always get the recognition or get paid as much as the people that don't really do anything but are still wealthy. For example, a soldier does a lot of work and fights for our freedom but still doesn't get paid as much as a person that plays football. The lower and middle class also get fewer benefits than the "leaders" or the wealthy people. Just like the working animals didn't get as much as the pigs that did practically nothing. (Question: is it right for the lower and middle social class to do all the work or should the higher class have to do their share also? Should we all get equal benefits and be treated equal? Why?)
2. This is really the main problem in the book. Nothing about their leadership is peaceful, equal, or justified. Every human desires to be in power or to have power, but in the pigs' case, it took an awful tool on the farm. it also corrupted the farm. (Question: Is it right to assume that the smarter people or the ones with the highest intelligence should be in power or be leaders? Why or why not?)
OPTION 2: Using the "legend"
This student made a legend of different terms/concepts that she found important. Next to the example/quote, she drew the colored dot of the items that related. The bigger the dot, the more significant the theme/concept was for that example.
Her third example ("Finally Napoleon raised...") clearly shows that the abuse of power was an important concept here as well as it being a very significant event in the story.
Sample questions for discussion (you are coming up with your own)
- Is it right for citizens of a society to not be able to question their leaders?
- Why didn't Clover retire? If she did, would she have been euthanized?
- If the book is a metaphor, then what/who does Old Major represent?