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Animal Farm

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Transcript of Animal Farm

Animal Farm
Summary
Setting + Characters
Main Characters:
if kevins gonna be a perfectionist he should start by being a perfectionist, but he says tht hes gonna be a perfectionist but he ends up not being a cow.
Recommendation + Opinion
Animal farm was short but definitely not sweet. The loyal Boxer was naïve and the smart Benjamin was aware of the pigs’ corruption, but did not act to correct it. From this book, I have learned that power corrupts, and through Animal Farm, I believe we can all learn something from the animals.
By: George Orwell
Genre
Novella
Allegorical
Dystopian
Fiction
Published in England and was originally called <Animal Farm: a Fairy Story>
Conflict/Problem & How it is "Solved"
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Classic
Passage
I chose this passage because “Beasts of England ” stirs the emotions of the animals and fires their revolutionary idealism. This song also serves to keep the animals focused on the Rebellion’s goals so that they will ignore the suffering along the way.
Napoleon - A large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar,
Snowball - The pig who is the leader of Animal Farm after the Rebellion.
The Story Takes Place in England, mainly in Animal Farm. (An imaginary farm) In an unspecified time period.
Squealer - A small, white, fat porker who stands for Napoleon.
Mr. Jones
- The former owner of the farm, and a heavy drinker.
Moses
- A raven, was a spy and a tale-bearer, but he was also a clever talker.
Other Characters
Old Major
- An aged White boar provides the inspiration for the Rebellion in the book.
Mr. Frederick - The tough owner of Pinchfield, who briefly enters into an alliance with Napoleon.
Boxer - A loyal, kind, dedicated, hard working, and respectable cart-horse.
The Hens
- The hens are among the first to rebel against Napoleon.
Benjamin
- A donkey, one of the oldest, wisest animals on the farm.
Clover - A gentle, caring female horse who seems to catch on to the tricks and schemes set up by Napoleon and Squealer.
Mr. Whymper
- A man hired by Napoleon to act as the liaison between Animal Farm and human society.
The End...
Mollie
- A self-centered white mare who quickly leaves for another farm after the revolution.
The Puppies
- Taken away from Jessie and Bluebell and reared by Napoleon.
Old Major gathered the animals and made them realize that they have the power to overthrow the humans.
Mr. Jones, got drunk and the animals and chased him out of his farm, the farm was renamed "Animal Farm."
Napoleon has his dogs chase Snowball away and subsequently declares himself leader of Animal Farm.
Napoleon changes the governance structure of the farm, replacing meetings with a committee of pigs who will run the farm.
The animals work harder with the promise of easier lives with the windmill. When the animals find the windmill collapsed after a violent storm, Napoleon and Squealer convinced the animals that Snowball is trying to sabotage their project.
Napoleon begins to purge the farm with his dogs, killing animals he accuses of consorting with his old rival, Snowball.
The windmill is restored, but Mr Frederick attacks the farm, using blasting powder to blow up the restored windmill. Though the animals win the battle, they do so at great cost.
Boxer continues working harder and harder, until he collapses while working on the windmill. Napoleon sends for a van to take Boxer to the "veterinary surgeon".
Pigs are the smartest animals on the farm, so they are in charge.
However, Napoleon uses that leadership for his own good. Other animals are either too ignorant or too afraid of his power to oppose him.
There is no true solution for the problem.
All Orwell is trying to say is when someone has power, this person will ultimately use that for one's own greed and needs.
After...
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a short but frightening read and it especially focuses on power and how some often choose to deal with it in the wrong way. I strongly suggest that anyone who likes these subjects to give it a try and you won’t be disappointed.
Themes&Symbolism In Animal Farm
Napoleon symbolizes Joseph Stalin,
In Orwell's point of view, Stalin is a tyrant, just like Napoleon in the book.
Snowball represents Leon Trotsky
Snowball throws his heart and soul into the attempt to spread Animalism worldwide and to improve Animal Farm’s infrastructure.
Squealer represents Vyacheslav Molotov who was the head of Communist propaganda.
Squealer represents the Soviet Newspaper, "Pravda".
Boxer represents the working classes
He also, however, suffers from a naïve trust in the ''good intentions'' the higher class have.
Mr. Frederick is an allegory of Adolf Hitler,
He enters into a neutrality pact with USSR
Finally...
As you can tell, the book "Animal Farm" is an allegory of the Soviet Union
Animal Farm was rejected by a lot of publishers.
Still got published on 17 August 1945.
Thank You For Watching.
Satire
Napoleon appears to be adopting the lifestyle of a man, but Squealer, justifies every action to the other animals, convincing them that they are better off than they were under Mr Jones.
(Allegory)
He is an allegorical combination of Karl Marx and Lenin.
His skull being put on revered public display recalls Lenin, whose embalmed body was put on display.
+Listening
Animal Farm is filled with songs, poems, and slogans. All of the songs serve as propaganda. The pigs evoke an atmosphere of grandeur and nobility associated with the text’s subject matter.
The great windmill symbolizes the pigs’ manipulation of the other animals for their own gain.
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