Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Animal farm is a story about animals who take over a farm and run it Animal Farm Animal farm is a story about animals who take over a farm and run it. That is the surface meaning of the book, for it is really based on the Russian revolution when the people over threw the TSAR, king, and took control of Russia. It was a story of working class people uniting. Napoleon the main pig was Stalin, Snowball was Trotsky. These were the two main leaders of the Russian Revolution. The reader is given an insight into how these individuals behaved after they were given power. What happened over the course of history was that the people who took over eventually became like the people they took power from. The animals in Animal Farm were living a dreadful life which Old Major (Lenin) told them could get better if they got rid of human beings, he also laid the foundations of Animalism by stating that animals should not take part in certain things common to humans. These things were divided into the following categories: Animals should not · Sleep in beds · Wear clothes · Trade with humans · Kill another · Drink alcohol · Smoke tobacco · Touch money · All animals are equal Old major made the animals feel like they had dignity, they were not just dumb animals whose lives were for the good of human beings. Three days after he gave his historic speech Old Major died. The animals became more bonded and felt pride they had never felt before. The first chapter opens with Old Major who is a pig, saying that he would like to have a meeting with all the animals in the shed after Mr Jones the owner of the farm fell asleep. The animals on the farm gathered round to hear Old Majors speech. The opening chapter influences the rest of the book as once Old Major died the animals became more united. They always helped one another when it was necessary. Then six months after Old Major’s speech when Mr Jones did not feed them it was easy to revolt as a group. The animals were supposed to live a peaceful, contented existence. This is what meant by all the animals were equal. Fortunately the pigs emerged as natural leaders and gradually inequality took place. Over time the opening rules that were made were broken. The two characters that I found most marvellous are Napoleon, this character, was silent but deadly, he had the insight to take the puppies away from there mother at birth then he raised them to be his guards. He was sneaky not intellectual but it was very astonishing

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