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Animal Farm

A book report for AP World History about Animal Farm by George Orwell.

MaryRose Donasco

on 2 May 2013

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Author: George Orwell A book report by MaryRose Donasco D period 22 Feb. 2013 Theme:
State- building,
expansion, and conflict ~ Political structures and forms of governance
~Nations and nationalism
~Revolts and revolutions
~Regional, transregional, and global structures and organizations Political structures and
forms of governance Mr. Jones is the perfect example that being in charge and having power does not always mean you are deserving of that power. The examples of the foolishness of the workers show that there won't always be a leader who leads responsibly, but instead someone who may or may not abuse their power. "Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes... His men were idle and dishonest, the fields were full of weeds, the buildings wanted roofing, the hedges were neglected, and the animals were underfed" (3, 18-19). "The men had milked the cows in the early morning and then had gone out rabbiting, without bothering to feed the animals... At last they could stand it no longer. One of the cows broke in the door of the store-shed with her horn and all the animals began to help themselves from the bins... The next moment he [Jones] and his four men were in the store-shed with whips in their hands, lashing out in all directions. Revolts and
Revolutions The irresponsibilty of Jones and his men are the cause of the animals' uprising; they have suffered enough through malnourishment and underfeeding which led the animals to break out of their stalls and fling themselves at their tormentors. This was more than the hungry animals could bear. With one accord, though nothing of the kind had been planned beforehand, they flung themselves upon their tormentors. Jones and his men found themselves being butted and kicked from all sides...this sudden uprising of creatures whom they were used to thrashing and maltreating just as they chose, frightened them out of their wits" (19-20). As Jones and his men attempt to take back his farm, the animals have already begun planning their attack towards them. The conflict between the animals and the humans are representative of the Russian Civil War; the animals represent the Trotsky (Snowball) led Red Army, while the anti- Animal Farm humans represent the defeated White Army. "Jones and all his men, with half a dozen others from Foxwood and Pinchfield, had entered through the five-barred gate and were coming up the cart-track that led to the farm... Obviously they were going to attempt the recapture of the farm... Several men dropped their sticks and tried to run. Panic overtook them, and the next moment all the animals together were chasing them round and round the yard. They were gored, kicked, bitten, trampled on. There was not an animal on the farm that did not take vengeance on them after his own fashion" (40, 42). Conflict Bibliography: Orwell, George. Animal Farm. N.p.: Signet Classics, n.d. Print. My Opinion: I really enjoyed this book. Even though it was difficult to understand in most parts due to the allegorical meaning, I thought it was a fun, entertaining read. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys history and would like to know more about it! Summary Old Major, a wise boar, tells all the animals of Manor Farm that in order for the animals to live an evil-free life they must get rid of man, to rebel, and claim the farm for their own. The animals have dealed with too much neglect. They cause a rebellion towards Mr. Jones (the owner) and his men, and banish them from Manor Farm. The party of pigs (Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer) take charge by changing the name Manor Farm to Animal Farm, establishing the Seven Commandments, and beginning to take their place as head of the farm. The pigs start to abuse their power by changing the commandments to their own advantage, shortening the rations for the hard-working animals, and selling their own hardworking cart-horse (Boxer) to his death in exchange for whisky. 2007 Through many rebellions towards the Animal Farm by Jones and his men, Animal Farm stays strong. Even when their hard-earned windmill exploded to the ground, the animals stayed true to their nationalism in Animal Farm and wished to rebuild it. 2012 In the chilling conclusion, the low-class animals look from pig to man, and realize that it was impossible for them to tell who was who.
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