HamilTALONS Song Study


The Hamilton song I focused on was “Satisfied”.


a. Character Development


The song “Satisfied” focuses on developing the characters Angelica Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton, rather than progressing the story-line. The song begins at Eliza and Alexander’s wedding, with Angelica giving a toast. As she gives them her prayers, she suddenly recalls a painful memory. We rewind time and are taken back to the time of this memory, the night at the winter ball where she meets Hamilton for the first time.

“The conversation lasted two minutes, maybe three minutes,” and already, Angelica fell head over heels for Alexander (Hamilton). She describes him as handsome, intelligent, and confident. It is clear that she likes him, and by how heavily Alexander flirts with her, she can tell that he likes her back.

But soon, Angelica is faced with a conflict. Her sister, Eliza, also falls for him. She openly explains her wants in the song “Helpless”, as she talks about how helpless she becomes around Hamilton. Angelica only has two available options: keep Hamilton for herself, or let Eliza have him. She thinks of “three fundamental truths at the exact same time,” to help her come up with a decision (Hamilton).

The first ‘truth’ she realizes is that it is her duty to marry a rich man to maintain family wealth. She cannot marry Hamilton because he is dirt poor. The second truth she considers, is that Hamilton only wants to marry a Schuyler sister for their old money. This makes him the same as any other ‘solider boy’ who came to the ball. They all want to win her appraise, because she belongs to one of the most wealthy families in America. She knows that Hamilton really only likes her because of her money, and their relationship would not be genuine if they got married. The last truth she realizes is that, by marrying Hamilton, she would break her sister’s heart. Angelica claims that “[she knows her] sister like [she knows her] own mind”, and that if she and Alexander dated, “[Eliza would] be silently resigned,” and “she would say, ‘I’m fine'” but ultimately “she’d be lying” (Hamilton). One of Angelica’s biggest fears is hurting her sister. Angelica loves her so much, and you can tell through-out the songs as she always says “from your sister, who is always by your side” (Hamilton). Ultimately, breaking her sister’s heart was the biggest factor that contributed to her decision to let Eliza have Hamilton.

In the end, Eliza and Hamilton end up falling in love and marrying. With Eliza and Hamilton together, Angelica thinks about what could have happened if she chose to marry Alexander. But even with her regretful thoughts, Angelica buries her feelings and focuses on Eliza’s happiness. She knows that if the situation was the opposite and Hamilton married her, Eliza would bury her feelings so that Angelica could be happy. As a caring older sister, Angelica wants the best for Eliza so she forces herself to deal with the pain. This ultimately shows how strong relationship Eliza and Angelica’s relationship is. They would do anything for each other.

The song “Satisfied” tends to repeat some of it’s lyrics. For example, during the beginning of the song, Angelica repeats the phrase “I remember that night, I just might” four times. Although this may seem like ‘lazy’ songwriting to some eyes, Shakespeare expert Cass Morris argues that it develops Angelica’s character. According to Cass Morris,

“[Angelica’s] brilliant, but with an intense urgency — her mind fires at a million miles an hour, and her speech patterns show it…
So what you get is this bobbing effect, in and out of reality, in and out of memory, in and out of what was and what could have been. But it still ties up and ties together in the progression…of the kinds of repetition from beginning to middle to end, because Angelica ultimately has that kind of grip on herself. Her mind may race, but she has control of it.”

Angelica also raps in “Satisfied”. No other female characters in the whole Hamilton playlist raps. A character who raps as fast as Angelica is Alexander. This may represent that he and Angelica are ‘on the same level’, in terms of wit and intelligence.

This song displays Angelica’s wit many times through-out the song. Unlike most people, who pursued love blindly, Angelica considered the consequences, and the feelings of other people. Ultimately, this led her to make what she thought was the best decision. Before making an important decision she would consider her wants and fears, and decide what values were most important to her. This is actually really impressive, because if you compare her mindset to other characters, you can see that she is intelligent. She is unlike Hamilton, who thinks very irrationally and impulsively, and she is unlike Burr, who has a paranoid fear of consequences.

Another witty characteristic Angelica holds is the ability to point out the flaws of others, specifically Alexander’s. As seen through-out the Hamilton playlist, most other characters only notices Alexander’s good qualities. Angelica looks at his good qualities, but also considers his flaws as well. She can see his arrogance as he says “there’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait, just you wait…” (Hamilton). By his fidgeting reaction to her asking about his family, she can already tell he is penniless. Even without meeting each other for long, she sees he has “peach fuzz, and he can’t even grow it!” (Hamilton). She makes fun of his beard when most other characters would not.

But she doesn’t just see the bad side of him, she can also see the good qualities in him and his potential. She knows that “he’s a bit of a flirt, but [she’ll] give it a chance” because she believes that, behind the smooth talker and the confident attitude, he can be genuine (Hamilton).

When Angelica and Alexander first meet, Alexander hits her with the “you’re like me, I’m never satisfied” (Hamilton). By saying that he’s never satisfied, Hamilton basically admits that he is always unsatisfied with his position in life and that he will never be. He won’t stop and settle, he will keep going to obtain more power and acceptance. Even though she knows that Eliza will be happy if she gets to be with Alexander, she is scared for Eliza. In the song, Angelica claims that “You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind” as Eliza. She knows that Eliza would be the perfect and loyal wife, and she’s scared that if Alexander ends up being unsatisfied with Eliza, he would somehow find a way to break her sister’s heart. If he can’t settle with the perfect wife, then who’s good enough to satisfy Alexander? No one. He can never be satisfied.

At the end of the song, the flashback ends and we are taken back to the wedding day, with a repeat of Angelica toasting to the groom and the bride. This time, we can tell that there is more meaning and pain behind her words. A specific line she says is “may you always, be satisfied” (Hamilton). Perhaps, since she knows that Hamilton can never be satisfied, this line is like a subtle plead to Hamilton to be satisfied with Eliza, so there is no way Eliza’s heart can be broken. This comes back to the point that Angelica really loves her sister and fears Alexander breaking Eliza’s heart.



b. Connections to Historical Elements


1. Siege of Charleston

John Laurens, one of Hamilton’s friends, is present at the start of the song and speaks for a short time. Historically this is incorrect, because Laurens was not at the wedding. Britain captured him during the seige of Charleston in December 1780, the same time of the wedding. The siege of Charleston was a major win for the British, a battle that was fought between March 29 to May 12. Lauren was a prisoner of war who was shipped to Philadelphia, where he was told that he wasn’t allowed to leave Pennsylvania.


2. Big Idea

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

The difference in power between Hamilton and Angelica alters their relationship in a negative way. Because of her father and family-line, Angelica possessed a lot of old money. Hamilton, on the other hand, was “penniless, [and] flying by the seat of his pants” (Hamilton). According to Chernow, an America writer,

“Starting with that first winter in Morristown, Hamilton was drawn almost magnetically to… Angelica, and spent the rest of his life beguiled by both Eliza and Angelica, calling them “my dear brunettes.”… The attraction between Hamilton and Angelica was so potent and obvious that many people assumed they were lovers. At the very least, theirs was a friendship of unusual ardor, and it seems plausible that Hamilton would have proposed to Angelica, not Eliza, if the older sister had been eligible.”

In the song, “when [Hamilton] said ‘Hi,’ [Angelica] forgot [her] dang name” (Hamilton). At first glance, the line “I forgot my dang name” seems like she was struck by love and forgot who she was in the excitement (Hamilton). But a possible meaning could be that she forgot her family name, Schuyler, and her duties in her family. She forgot about all the responsibilities  that came with coming from a rich family like the Schuylers, and she forgot that she needed to marry a rich man. But once Angelica regains herself and asks him “Where’s your family from?”, he nervously switches the subject which shows Angelica that he is poor and doesn’t want to talk about this.

It’s possible that Angelica let Eliza have Hamilton because she knew that Hamilton only wanted to marry a Schuyler sister for the money. Eliza, on the other hand, would be more willing to let this slip. If Hamilton was a person with more wealth, this conflict would not be happening. This shows that, even though anyone can be happy as a couple, society shaped people to sacrifice their happiness and relationships.


c. Guided Question


Guided Question: In what ways did the American Revolution affect the lives and privileges of those involved?



I’m a girl in a world in which

My only job is to marry rich

In the story, Angelica is portrayed as a single woman, who has no brother. In reality, she married John Barker Church in 1777, years before she met Alexander Hamilton. This shows us that Angelica Schuyler represents the wealthy women living in America. This story also tells us the experiences and lives that the women of America have. It expresses the values women hold in society. Although some women are really smart and talented, “[they’re girls] in a world in which [their] only job is to marry rich” (Hamilton)Their only purpose in life was to be a wife, daughter, and mother. They never had opportunities to pursue like men had.



A winter’s ball

And the Schuyler sisters are the envy of all

Yo, if you can marry a sister, you’re rich, son


Is it a question of if, Burr, or which one?

To provide futher evidence that women are considered pawns to getting more money, we will look at the Hamilton song “Winter Ball.” When Burr says that “if you can marry a sister, you’re rich, son” (Hamilton). In a sense, Alexander and Burr represent the men of America, and the Schuyler sisters represent the women of America. The men only see the women as trophies with a money benefit. They shoot for the ladies with wealth.

Alexander then replies to Burr by saying “Is it a question of if, Burr, or which one?” (Hamilton). In the story, all three Schuyler sisters are availbile for courting. In real history, Angelica eloped with her husband John Church and the only two sisters available to court are Eliza and Peggy.



And the hope that you provide

(You provide!)

{(You provide!)}

When Angelica is toasting to Eliza and Alexander during their wedding day, she says “and the hope that you provide” (Hamilton). In a way, she is saying that Eliza and Hamilton’s relationship provides hope to the young soldiers who wish to marry a wealthy woman to become rich.


[SPOILER] In the end, it is not Angelica or Alexander who ends up unsatisfied, but Eliza. Once Alexander marries Eliza, he continues to pursue his own desires and satisfactions. In this pursue, he forgets about Eliza and her needs as a wife. This represents some of the relationships between wealthy wives and ambitious husbands. The men only want to marry the women for their wealth, but the women misread it as love. Then, once married, the men strive to achieve greater things, leaving their wives behind in the process. This shows the inequality between men and women and how women in the higher class are only pawns to get wealth.



Although the song “Satisfied” did not advance the story line, it developed Angelica, Eliza and Hamilton’s characters. The three main characters also represent certain groups who lived in America. Angelica and Eliza represents the upper class women with wealth, who are used by the men as pawns to obtain old money. Hamilton represented those abusive men. At first glance, the song “Satisfied” may seem like a simple love story, but overall, there are many hidden layers to the song that add meaning and depth. The song can be interpreted in many ways.


Seven Year War Inquiry Question

Question: How Did the Seven Year War Affect Normal Citizens Living in North America?


Historical Significance

Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge. Why is this an important and significant question to ask about the past? Provide evidence from primary and secondary sources.

For my inquiry project, I chose the question “How Did the Seven Year War Affect Normal Citizens Living in North America?” The Seven Year war focused on the war between France and England for the control of North America. The conflict took place from 1756 to 1763, and ended with an English victory at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. The Treaty of Paris was signed, a peace agreement that ended the war.

The question I chose is a significant question to ask because it focuses on the individuals living in America and allows us to look from their perspective to see how the war affected their daily lives. Leaders today can use the experiences of normal citizens during the war to recognize how a decision would impact their citizens, and make the best choice based on this knowledge. Although I did not have enough research time to read all of these, here is an archive of primary sources I found that came from the perspectives of different people, ranging from a diary kept by an average solider to speeches and treaties between William Johnson and the Iroquois.


Continuity and Change

How are our lives and conditions similar to those found in your research? How have they changed?

Compared to the lives of the citizens who lived in 18th century North America, we can see that most present day Canadians live a more convenient and modern lifestyle. The men in the 18th century had to hunt for food, with a risk that they might not find any. They would leave home for days or even weeks. Teenagers would be in charge of their families, and they held this responsibility until their father came back. Teens who recently came out of school would search for work through an apprenticeship, which would eventually lead to their own job.

In terms of water, the quality was poor. Almost everyone drank cider, beer, and corn whiskey. This includes children, because it was the only option due to the lack of drinkable water. Compared this to nowadays, we can see that most people in North America have easy access to clean water.

In the past, there was a significantly less amount of educated doctors than we have today. Because of this, 18th century health care was minimal and often unobtainable. Even if you were in pain, you couldn’t go unless it was absolutely necessary. Your only other options are going to a local healer or travel long distances to get to a doctor. North America’s doctors and resources were limited, resulting in shorter lifespans.

Women were expected to bear five to ten children, but some of those children would not survive over two years due to sicknesses. As a result, families wouldn’t name their children until they surpassed two years old. Although some individuals living in Canada today might still face these problems, we can see that overall, the quality of life significantly increased since the 1700’s.

Here is a comic strip displaying some of the differences between Canadians in the 21st century and Americans in the 18th century. It holds some of the points above and adds some new ones. (I am not the best artist but I wanted to make a comic strip so I did):


Historical Perspective

How was/were your researched event(s) viewed by historical actors of the time? What specific values and standards did they hold? How do you know?

The English and French were rivals and viewed each other negatively. The French thought that, because they came to North America first, they had the right to claim the land, whereas the English thought that even though the French came first, they still could claim land for themselves. This conflict in beliefs and the want for land led to the war.

At first, the Indigenous people of North America did not take a side in this war. But soon, the British and French people used the tensions between the communities to bring them to their side. As they became exposed to European society, their norms and values began to change. Some of them became addicted to alcohol and reliant on guns for hunting and fighting, separating themselves from traditional cultural values and standards. When the war ended with a British victory, the Indigenous people on the most part were unhappy because overall, the French treated them better than the British. With Britain in control, they experienced more disadvantages such as being treated less as equals and being prohibited from getting an education. There were also a few short term advantages such as the Royal Proclamation.

Another group of people that lived in North America were the Filles De Roi. Their main and only job was to increase the population and raise a family. This put a lot of pressure on them, especially since they had to take care of many children. Some children did not survive more than two years, which took a big toll mentally on the mothers. Although men did most of the hard work, women also worked hard to take care of the household. Additionally, in this generation it was normal that men were considered better than women. Women would only stay in school until they knew enough to provide for their family, while boys stayed until they received a full education.

Overall, this shows that we have significantly adapted and changed our beliefs over the past few years. Each group of people held different values, and interactions between society’s helped to shape and change norms for better or worse.


Inquiry Question Conclusion

What conclusions can you reach about your question, based on the research you conducted?

Because of the war, both England and France suffered financially. For France, the monarchy was weakened and they had no choice but to increase taxes. The normal citizens disliked the idea, and this conflict eventually led to the French revolution. On the English side, we can see that although the British suffered financially, they controlled North America and held the ability to expand further West (until the Royal Procclamation outlawed it). Normal citizens owned more land, which meant more profit and more work.

During the war, women, specifically the Filles De Roi, were purposed to increase the population of the group. Since the father or the men of the family would often leave to go to the war, teenagers or the oldest man of the family would care for them and their farm. With their country urging them to keep increasing the population, it was a lot of stress for those women.

The war negatively impacted the Indigenous people. With the arrival of the Europeans came the arrival of a new culture and foreign diseases like Smallpox. Indigenous people were unaccustomed to the diseases and suffered the consequences. As Hobbes would say, they became corrupted by society. Once the battle between the French and the English became more heated, the Europeans used tensions between indigenous communities to push the Indigenous groups to their side. They became involved in the bloodshed and many died.

If I were to further this investigation, I would ask the question How did the Seven Years War Lead to the French Revolution? In class, we already learned about how the 7 Years War and other events led to the American revolution, so I’m curious how this conflict led to the French Revolution.

Ecological Footprint



After three days of recording, I came to the conclusion that my ecological footprint is approximately 7.2 hectares. Studies show that the average ecological footprint of a Canadian is 7.5 hectares and the average ecological footprint of the world in 2012 was 2.84 hectares. The average of my close group of friends is 6.1 hectares. Compared to Canadian standards and my friends, my ecological footprint is pretty good but could use some work. Here are ten actions that currently increase my ecological footprint and five steps I will take to reduce it.


Ten Actions that Currently Increases the Size of my Footprint the Most are…

1. Transportation

2. Shower Usage

3. Second Hand Clothing

4. Reusing Clothing

5. Land Use for Play

6. Consumption of Food from BC

7. Helpings of Meat

8. Plastic Containers for Food

9. Garbage

10. Living Space


Five Actions that Increases my Ecological Footprint and How I Will Decrease It

1. Transportation

Every day I always travel to far locations by car, whether it’s to school, dance, or fencing. This increases my ecological footprint a lot because by travelling for long distances, our car uses up gas which is bad for the environment. By taking a car rather than carpooling, busing, biking or walking, I am one more person who adds to the problem, rather than working to reduce gas usage. My plan is to decrease the amount of time that I travel from location to location. For example, after school, rather than travelling all the way home and all the way back for my fencing class, I can stay in the area. I could go to the mall, or stay in the car and finish homework, or spend time with my mom. This way, I save time from travelling and reduce my ecological footprint.


2. Shower Usage

As a synchronized swimmer, I took a shower almost every night because of my frequent practices. Now, even though I quit Synchro, I have the habit of showering too often, and for too long, which uses up a lot of water. I need to focus on taking shorter and less frequent showers. Whenever I use hot water I tend to stay in the shower longer, so to add to my plan, I will use lukewarm water when I’m quickly washing up. By using lukewarm water, I prevent myself from getting too comfortable and staying in the water for too long.


3. Second Hand Clothing

As I child I got many clothes from my mom’s co-workers, but now as I get older I grow out of them and use my more newer clothes. Additionally, because I have no siblings, there is no one that can give their old clothes to me. Using second hand clothing is good because I won’t buy any new clothes from companies with high ecological footprints. My plan is to get second hand clothing from my mom. She is the same size as me and has a lot of clothing, and even though some teenagers don’t like wearing their parent’s clothes because it “isn’t cool”, I don’t mind.


4. Reusing Clothing

Other than my hoodies and PJ’s, I don’t reuse clothing. I have many clothes, so I never found the need to use them more than once, and I got used to throwing them in the laundry at the end of the day. This increases my ecological footprint because the more clothes I use, the more I have to clean them in the laundry and this is bad for his environment. I will focus on reusing my clothes more often. For example, if I wear an outfit to school, I can reuse it again on the weekend if I don’t go out anywhere. I can wear a different hoodie on top but have the same shirt underneath.


5. Garbage / Food Packaging

Most of the time, I help the environment by bringing my own lunch to school in reusable containers and a thermos. The problem is, whenever I buy food, it comes in ‘convenient’ plastic wrapping or containers. This is bad for the environment as it adds to the amount of garbage in the world. I will try and recognize when I can avoid using and throwing away garbage. For example, if I forgot my spoon at home, rather than getting a plastic one from the cafeteria, I will use and wash one from the TALONS classroom. If I have a ketchup bottle, I will use that instead of the small packets. There are many small daily steps I can take in order to reduce my garbage intake. I will ensure that I sort them into the correct containers as well.





Easy Changes

1. Transportation

My goal went well. Whenever dance or fencing ended, rather than going all the way home, I stayed at the mall, or went to get bubble tea with my mom. It was good because I saved time from travelling, could concentrate on homework, and spend time with my mom. Additionally, I took an extra step and focused on driving with my electric car. If our electric car and non-electric car were both available to take to school, I would ask her to drive me to school using the electric one. We saved more gas this way.


3. Second Hand Clothing

I asked my mom about reusing her clothing, and she lended me some, which fit me and looked good. It turns out, she has a lot of good clothes that I can reuse. Over time my wardrobe is getting more of her clothes, and now sometimes I can’t even tell her clothes from mine. I found this helpful because since I dislike shopping, I don’t have to shop any more.


4. Reusing Clothing

Reusing clothing was useful and made my life simpler. By reusing clothes, I didn’t have to wash as many in the laundry. I mostly reused my hoodies and track pants, but I would also reused my leggings, shorts, and sometimes t-shirts. Although this might have been a bit risky hygiene-wise, it was a pretty easy goal to achieve.


Hard Changes

2. Shower Use

Even though using lukewarm water was not that appealing compared to having a hot shower, I still carried out with my goal. I focused on showering less frequent, and only allowed myself to use hot water on Thursdays. It was effective but a couple times I still caught myself staying in the shower too long, but I improved over time. The only instance where I broke my rules was after the Bowen Island adventure trip, where I took a really long and hot shower because I needed one after the trip.


5. Garbage

I feel like this is one goal I could have improved. A lot of the time I forgot to follow my goal, and my garbage intake didn’t decrease. I did focus on sorting things into the correct containers, but I didn’t avoid plastic wrappers as I planned to. My goal was pretty hard to achieve, since many items already come with garbage that you can’t get rid of. For example, if you buy chips from the vending machine, it still comes in a wrapper. The biggest accomplishment I had, related to this goal was when I went with the Scott Creek trail cleanup group and helped to remove garbage from the ground.


Obstacles I Encountered

  • For transportation, my original goal was to walk, bike, or take a bus rather than drive. The two problems with that is that my school is really far away, and I would have to wake up really early and travel a long a long distance. My parents wouldn’t let me walk or bus alone, anyways so it wouldn’t work. Since I couldn’t focus on changing my mode of transportation, I instead focused on the distance and usage of my cars.
  • For my goals of showering less and reusing my clothing, I was concerned about bad hygiene. I focused on showering and changing my clothes on days when I exercise, to prevent it from getting worse.
  • I was also concerned that I would forget about my goals. On my to-do list, I put a reminder in big bold and highlighted capital letters so whenever I went to see what I had to do, my eyes would draw towards the reminder and I would remember about my goal.
  • There are also some things I can’t change. For example, I can’t change my living space, even though it takes a high toll on my ecological footprint. Also, I can’t really lower the amount of meat I eat because I still need some for my health. I focused on the things I could change, instead of the things I couldn’t.


Future Actions

In the future, I will continue to improve on the goals I already set. I think that they all went well and if I continue to do them, my ecological footprint will stay low. Eventually, my family is buying another electric car to replace my gas car so that will help to lower my footprint even more. I will also take small steps everyday, and bigger ones such as volunteering with Scott Creek in order to keep my footprint lowered.


In-Depth Blog Post 6

At the moment, In-Depth is working well for me. I started to plan my final film with Ethan, but because Angelina stayed home sick for a while, we haven’t had the chance to meet up as a group. As a result, our progress slowed down. Last Monday, Nathan asked me to help him film the school musical. I went with him on Thursday, and it was a good experience for me. Recently, I helped Jewel with her film by being her film assistant. At one point, I filled in the spot as one of her actors because Angelina was sick and couldn’t come to her filming days.

On Thursday, the main concept of our job was to film the musical so people could have a copy of it whenever they wanted to watch it. We decided to film with four different cameras, with two in the back and two on either side. The two in the back filmed the musical on a wider scale, which established the stage and helped for scenes where many people stood on the stage. Each of us took a camera on either side of the stage and controlled it through-out the performance, angling it to the actor’s faces and film close ups. At first I didn’t know what to do, so I clarified the concept by asking Nathan, “So the cameras at the back of the MPR are for back up if our close up footage doesn’t look good. Is that right?” and he confirmed. It helped me to understand my job and prevent any mistakes that I could make. I also asked questions related to the technical aspects of the job, such as asking what I should adjust during the performance and how to operate the camera. I never used that type of camera before, so I wanted to ensure that I knew how, before the musical began. Nathan told me to only “change the ISO, the focus, and the angle”. He also said that I should “refrain from moving the camera too often so editing is easier afterwards”. Understanding the main concept of why and how we would film the musical helped me ask the right questions and prepare for the performance.

At one point during the musical, the jets and sharks run from either side of the MPR onto the stage. Nathan and I planned to position our cameras right beside the stage, but that was a problem because we would block the path of the jets and sharks. We brainstormed alternative actions, because we needed a different solution. After some consideration, we both came to agreement that for the first half of the production, we would position our camera out of the way of the gangs, even if it meant having a worse angle. During the intermission, we moved our cameras to a better position to get a better angle. This way, we didn’t interfere with the actors, and during the second half after admission we’d get a better view. To solve our problem with camera positioning, we recognized that our main option wouldn’t work and we came up with other alternatives, then chose the best one.

For my filming project overall, Nathan helped me find alternative perspectives and actions which I did not consider. For example, when deciding on shot angles, I went with my first instinct, but Nathan asked me guiding questions that helped me see other factors that I missed. I gained new and different perspectives on filming, and it was helpful for my learning, rather than him strictly telling me how to do something.

For my learning center, I will have a poster, filming equipment, and a laptop playing our final film. On the poster, I will make it look aesthetic by including many pictures and visually organizing it. To make my learning center kinesthetic, I will ask Nathan if I can borrow some of the equipment that I used in my filming exercises and have them on display for my audience to look at. Lastly, I will have my laptop playing our final film, and I will sometimes switch it to show my editing software.

Although our progress slowed recently because of our busy schedules, I really want to put the final film into motion. Over the next week or so, I will focus on taking responsibility and planning meetings with Ethan and Angelina, and working things out so we aren’t scrambling at the last minute to film our project.




Animal Farm Combined DOLs

What conditions are needed for revolution to occur? Based on your readings so far, what is the single most significant factor leading the animals to revolution?

For a revolution to occur, the majority of a society needs to collectively agree there is a major problem that dramatically affects their life in a negative way. In most cases, this problem involves the person in power treating the people unfairly. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the main factor that leads them to revolt is that Mr. Jones, their owner, doesn’t provide them with enough food and care to live a sufficient life. The animals are also aware that once they reach a certain age, Mr. Jones will slaughter them and this is something they fear. To solve this problem, the animals band together and “[chase] Jones and his men out on to the road” (7). “The Rebellion […] successfully [carries] through, Jones [is] expelled, and the Manor Farm [is] theirs” (7). This is a team effort and it only happens because they all collectively work together to fix the problem with Jones.

Some specific conditions that are needed for a revolution to occur includes having a strong leader, a strong ideology, and a group of people willing to make a change. A strong leader should hold the same values as the group, shows confidence and have the group’s best interest in mind. The leader, or the group in general, should have a clear solution to how to solve the problem before they start a revolution. This isn’t necessary but it helps to motivate the group and align their values and beliefs. In Animal Farm, Old Major meets all of these conditions. He convinces the group that “nearly the whole of the produce of [their] labour is stolen from [them] by human beings” and by “[removing] Man from the scene, […] the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever” (2). Major clearly and confidently states the problem and provides a solution, which convinces the farm animals to join his cause. The last condition needed to start a revolution is a co-operative and willing group. Even if the people agree with the idea of a revolution, there some that are unwilling to take action. Without people who are willing to take action, enough supporters cannot be banded together to successfully revolt. In conclusion, a revolution occurs when the majority of a society band together to fix a problem that majorly impacts their life in a negative way. A strong leader, a strong ideology, and a willing group of revolutionists are all factors that contribute to the start of a revolution.


To what extent do power and privilege, or a lack thereof, affect the beliefs of and actions of an individual in a revolution?

Increase in power can affect a leader positively or negatively, depending on the person. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the increase in power affects Napoleon negatively. He starts to use force and manipulation to get his own way, without considering the well-being of the other farm animals. When he asks Squealer to tweak the commandment that “no animal shall kill any other animal” to “No animal shall kill any other animal without cause,” and uses that to his advantage to kill the farm animals he dislikes, nobody objects or tries to stop him (8, 27). Because it worked the first time, he continues to change the other commandments, and soon they hold a different meaning than they originally had. Power also affects Napoleon in a negative way because he begins using force to achieve his goals. He breeds dogs to follow his command and guard him, protecting himself from both the other animals and the outside world by promoting fear. Another effect power has on Napoleon is that he begins to view the other farm animals as lowers rather than equals. For example, he casually and freely executes troublesome animals “until there [is] a pile of corpses lying before [his] feet and the air [is] heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones” (25). He also makes them worship him, by “wearing both his medals (for he had recently awarded himself ‘Animal Hero, First Class,’ and ‘Animal Hero, Second Class’)” and creates a poem about himself as “the giver of all that thy creatures love” (28). This shows that the increase in power changed his beliefs to take away his empathy and bring out his arrogance. By examining Napoleon, we can see that an increase in power can influence a leader to use force and manipulation to gain more power and control over a group.

In your opinion, was the revolution successful? Were there any other options available to bring about the animals’ desired changes? If so, what might have been done? If not, why was the revolution inevitable?

The farm animals carry out the revolution successfully. They chase Mr. Jones and his men out of the farm, and finally they have the freedom that they wished for. But the conditions change under Napoleon’s rule and after many years, the farm animals realize that they were in the same situation that they started with, before the revolution. The goal had been to “get rid of Man” so that “the produce of [their] labour would be [their] own,” but Napoleon took that away from them, just like Jones did. He treated the farm animals the way that Mr. Jones treated them, and made them work long and hard hours. At the end of the story, when the farm animals compare Napoleon and the other pigs to the humans, for the animals “it [is] impossible to say which was which” (3, 42). Even though they revolted to gain their freedom, they ended up losing it again in the end.

There are alternate actions that the animals could take in order to avoid violence. Rather than overthrowing and controlling animal farm, they could escape the farm and headed into the wilderness. Through-out the book, they never consider this possibility but it would be for the best since they are animals and they can live in the wild. The only other option is to try to communicate with Jones about their problem, but seeing as he always drinks and views himself superior to the farm animals, he would not cooperate. Overall, violent revolutions should be avoided if possible, because most of the time there are other alternatives that can be taken.

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To what extent do power and privilege, or a lack thereof, affect the beliefs of and actions of an individual in a revolution?

Increase in power can affect a leader in a positive or negative way, depending how they use it. In Animal Farm, the increase in power affects Napoleon negatively. He starts to use force and manipulation to get his own way, without considering the well-being of the other farm animals. When he breaks the commandments that “no animal shall kill any other animal” and nobody notices, he continues using that to his advantage to bend the rules (8). Overtime, he changes the commandments and by the end, they hold a different meaning than they originally had. Napoleon also used force when he bred dogs to follow his command. It ensured his safety from both the other animals and the outside world, because he promoted fear. By examining Napoleon, we can see that an increase in power can influence a leader to use force and manipulation to their advantage without considering others.