Pre-AP English 1
March 19, 2016
Outside Reading Card – Animal Farm by George Orwell
Orwell, George. Animal Farm (Penguin Modern Classics). New York: Penguin Books Ltd, 2000.
2. Provide a detailed plot summary: The story begins on a farm called The Manor. The farm is owned by a guy named Mr. Jones. He is a mean man who treats his animals cruelly, and uses them for profit. For example, he drowns old dogs when they are no longer of use and he slaughters anything thing that will make him money and buy him more whiskey. One night Old Major, a prize winning boar, who was respected by the other animals because he had lived so long called all the animals for a meeting in the barn. In this meeting, he shared his dream of animals being equal to and free from human control. Several days later Old Major dies before anything is done about his dream.
After his death, there are three other boar pigs that decide to act on Old Major’s dream. The pigs are Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer. They three pigs gather all the animals for a rebellion against for farmer Jones. They successfully run him off the farm and immediately rename it Animal Farm. After that, they make seven rules to live by and write them on the barn wall. The rules were: whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy, whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings is a friend, no animal shall wear clothes, no animal shall sleep in a bed, no animal shall drink alcohol, no animal shall kill other animals, and all animals are equal. Things go okay for a while. They even go into Farmer Jones’ house.
Napoleon and Snowball are both kind of leading together at first. Snowball comes up with the idea to build a windmill to have a sustainable resour...
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...other small towns, then there would have been more interruptions and challenges to Napoleon’s take over.
6. Two major themes.
1. A theme of Animal Farm by George Orwell is it proves the old saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely. The quote that ends the novel clearly proves this idea. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
2. Another theme in Animal Farm by George Orwell is that it is important to question authority and not just blindly follow those who are in power. Boxer did that and ended up paying the ultimate price for it. He argues with Squealer after they fight the farmers. Squealer says they won back every inch they lost in the rebellion. Boxer says, “Then we have won back what we had before.” He realizes too late that blindly following Napoleon had led him nowhere new. He is exactly back where he started
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