The first easy video deals with the connections between G.Orwell’s Animal Farm and Stalin’s Russia. Have a look & TAKE DOWN SOME NOTES.
Top ten notes about Animal Farm. You should be already familiar with some of it after dealing with 1984. 🙂
To recap the Social and historical background of this novella you can watch the following video:
The next videos are the film adaptations of the novel: first the trailer of the cartoon by John Halas, Joy Batchelor.(1956) Notice the year of its creation, it’s not a typo! You can watch it all on YouTube. We’ll watch some parts in class from my DVD.
There’s also a new movie version (1999) of the novel with real animals. Have a look!!
If you have any comment write it down here. Thanks
CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION: THE MONSTER IS BACK!!
Read the very last lines of the novel by Mary Shelley.
(…) Some years ago, when the images which this world affords first opened upon me, when I felt the cheering warmth of summer, and heard the rustling of the leaves and the warbling of the birds, and these were all to me, I should have wept to die; now it is my only consolation. Polluted by crimes, and torn by the bitterest remorse, where can I find rest but in death? “Farewell! I leave you, and in you the last of human kind whom these eyes will ever behold. Farewell, Frankenstein! If thou were yet alive, and yet cherished a desire of revenge against me, it would be better satiated in my life than in my destruction. But it was not so; thou didst seek my extinction that I might not cause greater wretchedness; and if yet, in some mode unknown to me, thou hast not ceased to think and feel, thou wouldst not desire against me a vengeance greater than that which I feel. Blasted as thou were, my agony was still superior to thine; for the bitter sting of remorse will not cease to rankle in my wounds until death shall close them for ever.
“But soon,” he cried, with sad and solemn enthusiasm, “I shall die, and what I now feel be no longer felt. Soon these burning miseries will be extinct. I shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames. The light of that conflagration will fade away; my ashes will be swept into the sea by the winds. My spirit will sleep in peace; or if it thinks, it will not surely think thus. Farewell.” He sprung from the cabin-window, as he said this, upon the ice-raft which lay close to the vessel. He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance. THE END
Now, imagine that (for unknown reasons that you may find out) he monster has come back!
SITUATION: It’s 2017. You are either a scientist (WHAT KIND? DEFINE YOUR ROLE) or a computer nerd living in (CHOOSE WHERE: COUNTRY & TOWN) and have seen him (say WHERE and WHEN). Write down an e-mail to (WHO?BE SPECIFIC) telling him/her what you have just witnessed. (max 200 words)
WRITE THE EMAIL DOWN BELOW AS A COMMENT. WE’LL THEN CHOOSE THE WINNER OF THE CONTEST IN CLASS.
VOTE HERE AFTER READING ALL EMAILS. BE HONEST AND DO NOT VOTE FOR YOURSELF 🙂
I’M VERY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE WINNER IS GIORGIA S. with 7 votes!! Second came Beatrice, Micael, Alessandra, Valentina Romeo & Luana with 4 votes each. Bronze medal to the group of Federica, Martina, Elisabetta, Michelle & Serena. I know it was hard to make a choice so … well done to you all!!