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Animal Farm

Animal FarmBy. George Orwell

ConflictThe Windmill becomes a symbol of conflict between the Pigs and the working animals.

Beasts of EnglandBeasts of England! Beasts of Ireland!Beasts of land and sea and skies!Hear the hoofbeats of tomorrow!See the golden future rise!How does the life of an animal pass?In endless drudgery.What's the first lesson an animal learns?To endure its slavery.How does the life of an animal end?In cruel butchery.Beasts of England! Beasts of Ireland!Beasts of land and sea and skies!Hear the hoofbeats of tomorrow!See the golden future rise!Now the day of beasts is coming,Tyrant man shall lose his throneAnd the shining fields of EnglandShall be trod by beasts alone.Pull the rings from out your nosesTear the saddle from your back!Bit and spur must rust forever,Cruel whips no more shall crack.Beasts of England, seize the prizes,Wheat and barley, oats and hay,Clover, beans and mangel wurzelShall be ours upon that day.

SymbolismNapoleon represents Joeseph Stalin who initially helped the people of Russia but later became a cruel dictator.

SymbolismSquealer represents Pravda, a Soviet newspapper which spreads lies to the Russian people.

SymbolismThe animals represent the Russian who rebelled and slowly became what they rebelled against.

Setting:The farmhouse is the main area of operation for the pigs.

ConflictThe main conflict in the story is external. It involves Napoleon, with his pigs and dogs, vesus the other farm animals. Although they are animals, this conflict is considered Person vs. Person because in the end all these animals represent people in they way they walk and talk.

ThemeOne of the themes of this story is that power corrupts. No matter how pure your morals are to begin with, power will eventually corrupt even the most respectable and principled among us.

Point of ViewThe story Animal Farm is told from a Third Person Omniscient point of view. As the narrators describes each character, readers can understand each animal's thoughts and feelings. Two quotes that can easily support such a claim are, “Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse--hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.” and “It had become usual to give Napoleon the Credit for every Successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another, “Under the guidance of our leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days” or two cows, enjoying a drink at the pool, would exclaim,“thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes!”

Antagonist NapoleonNapoleon is the antagonist of the story. The evil, commanding, and manipulative pig quickly forces out the protagonist, Snowball, allowing his immoral ways to take hold of the farm. As a leader he is dishonest, decieving, and unkind.

Protagonist SnowballWhile only present in half of the story, Snowball is the protagonist. His kind and generous nature gives him the qualities of a leader. As a leader he is loyal, faithful, trusting, and passionate.

SettingAnimal Farm takes place on a decently sized farm in England bordered by two other fairly large farms. The story, like most fables, is free from direct historical references so no clear time periodor people can be concluded. However, from symbolism we can infer that George Orwell may have based this story between 1917 and 1945, which is when the Russian Revolution occurred.


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