Animal farm (1)


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This is my book report on Animal Farm.

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Animal farm (1)

  2. 2. PLOT SUMMARY A group of animals live on the Manor Farm of Mr. Jones. One day Old Major, a prize-winning boar gathers all the animals in the barn. He reveals to them a dream he has had the night before in which animals live alone on the farm and aren’t under the control of human beings. He declares that a rebellion should one day come and teaches the animals a song called “Beasts of England”. The day of the rebellion comes and all animals successfully force Mr. Jones to leave the Farm. The pigs Napoleon and Snowball become leaders of the animals. They manage to create their own society with rules, inscribed on the barn wall, and establish a principle called Animalism. Boxer, a cart-horse, is the strongest and the most hard-working animal on the farm who has a maxim of his own – I will work harder. Mr. Jones makes an attempt to recapture the farm but the animals win the so-called “Battle of the cowshed”. Then Snowball decides that animals should build a Windmill. Napoleon opposes the idea at first but then his dogs attack Snowball and it turns out that the idea had actually been his own. The Windmill is build and rebuilt many times until it is finally dynamited by the humans in a battle with the animals. Suddenly animals start having contacts with humans and other farms. They gradually become similar to human beings. In the end the other animals can’t tell pigs from humans.
  3. 3. MAIN CHARACTERS  Napoleon -  The pig who emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after the Rebellion.  Snowball -  The pig who challenges Napoleon for control of Animal Farm after the Rebellion.  Boxer -  The cart-horse whose incredible strength, dedication, and loyalty play a key role in the early prosperity of Animal Farm and the later completion of the windmill  Squealer -  The pig who spreads Napoleon’s propaganda among the other animals.  Old Major -  The prize-winning boar whose vision of a socialist utopia serves as the inspiration for the Rebellion.
  4. 4. THEMES AND MOTIFS The book is popularly known as a critique of the history of the Russian Revolution. Animal Farm allegorizes the rise to power of Joseph Stalin. The struggle for preeminence between Leon Trotsky and Stalin emerges in the rivalry between the pigs and Snowball. Animal farm is filled with songs, poems and slogans. They serve as a propaganda, one of the major conduits of social control.
  5. 5. CONFLICTS The main conflict in the book is between the free animal society and the tyrannical human beings. There is also an internal conflict between the animals. Some of them protest against being classified as a working class creatures and the pigs being called “brainworkers”. Despite this the pigs successfully manage to impose the power of their clever speeches.
  6. 6. SYMBOLS Animal Farm stands for human society- no matter whether it’s communistic, democratic or socialistic. It possesses the internal structure of a nation, with a government (the pigs), a police force or army (the dogs), a working class (the other animals), and state holidays and rituals. The Barn is a symbol of the collective memory of a modern nation. The great windmill symbolizes the pigs’ manipulation of the other animals for their own gain
  7. 7. PERSONAL REVIEW When I first saw the title of this book I expected that it would something like a fable or even a parable which would describe a human society where people acted like beasts. After I have read the first chapter of the book I was a little bit… let’s say shocked. Talking animals – that seemed absolutely peculiar to me. Of course I have read many ‘childish’ books about talking animals. Thinking for a moment that I couldn’t have started to read a book similar to those I’ve read in my childhood I read the rest of the book. I quickly followed the author’s thoughts and managed to catch his main idea. The telltale thing in it was the book cover on which was written the year of writing that book. I assume the current economical and political situation in Bulgaria is the same as that in the Soviet Union during Stalin’s rule. That’s why there are many people protesting on the streets of Bulgaria nowadays. But as far as I’m concerned that doesn’t have to bother me.