Animal Farm...theme, characters, plot: Animal Farm is difficult to read
main characters are animals that talk not only amongst
themselves, but also with humans.
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Animal Farm...theme, characters, plot
Animal Farm is difficult to read seriously for the first few chapters,
mostly because the
main characters are animals that talk not only amongst themselves, but also
with humans. After a
short period, though, the animals take on such believable personalities that
it is easy to forget that
they are not humans.
In the beginning, life is satisfactory at the Manor Farm. While food
rations are low, no
one is dying from starvation. One evening, an older member of the farm, a
boar named Old Major
announces that he will die soon. Before he dies, however, he wants to share
with the rest of the
animals his thoughts on how Man has ruined the animals' life. He says that
if animals were to
grow their own food, Man would no longer be needed on the farm, leaving all
the profits to the
animals. Society without man, of course, would be simpler and more relaxed.
Old Major then
suggests a revolution with the best of intents. A vote taken at the meeting
proves Old Major's
main idea, that "all animals are equal". All the animals on the
the meeting with fresh
energy, prepared to run Manor Farm on their own, although not sure how to
chase away their
human master, Mr. Jones.
Soon after Old Major's speech he dies. One evening, Mr. Jones neglects to
animals. They become hungry and break into the storage shed to find some
food. When their
master finds his storage room a mess, he is furious, and begins to whip the
The animals decide this may be their only chance to get rid of their master,
fight back against Mr. Jones. He quickly flees from the farm with his wife.
The Manor Farm is quickly renamed the Animal Farm, and a variety of changes
The farmhouse is declared a museum, and a set of Seven Commandments is
created for the
animals to follow (Orwell, 40). The principle rules are "All animals are
equal" and the simple
phrase memorized by every animal, "Four legs good, two legs bad".
rules focus on
making sure no animal ever takes on evil human characteristics such as
drinking alcohol and
sleeping in beds.
Because the brains behind the Revolution, Old Major, is now dead, two pigs
themselves the leaders of Animal Farm, although the two do not agree.
Neither of the two pigs,
Napoleon or Snowball, hold all of the dreams which inspired the creation of
the farm. The only
character who constantly communicates the existence of "a better
after Old Major's death
is Moses, a raven. He never actually does farm work, but is still given
food rations for keeping
the animals motivated by talking of a perfect afterlife. Snowball, one of
the head pigs in the
Animal Farm's early days is more like Old Major than Napoleon, but still
leaves much to be
desired. Snowball's first action as s This is ONLY a preview of the article. If you would like to view the entire document, you must subscribe to Academic Library. Please register below now!
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