February 5, 2011
George Orwell, 1946
Old Major, Boxer, Snowball, Napoleon, Clover, Moses, Mollie, Mr. Jones, Benjamin, Minimus, Mr. Pilkington, Mr. Whymper,
takes place in the Manor Farm, in England, which is later renamed Animal Farm.
Old Major, the oldest pig on the farm, calls a meeting of all the animals on the farm to inform them on a dream he had which was about a peaceful future
without any human controlling over them. This later inspires the animals to think about a possible rebellion over Mr. Jones (Chapter 1). Soon after Old Major’s
death, the farm animals unsuspectingly rebel over Mr. Jones when he is drunk and is running around hurting the animals. Napoleon, and Snowball, both pigs,
rise to leadership on the farm (Chapter 2). After they kicked out all items that reminded the animals of Mr. Jones, they begin to use tools and alongside the hard
work of Boxer the horse, they produce a great harvest. They also produce a great harvest because of the vast knowledge Snowball and Napoleon have (Chapter
After sometime has passed, Napoleon gathered all the puppies to educate them, but then uses them to kick out Snowball from the farm and becoming the
only leader on the farm. The animals also begin to build a windmill under Napoleon’s rule, but it was originally Snowball’s idea (Chapter 5). The windmill was
in midst of being completed but a harsh thunderstorm destroyed the entire windmill, and Squealer, another pig, told the animals it was Snowball’s idea and they
began to rebuild it fearing Snowball and Mr. Jones’ return (Chapter 6). The animals begin to realize that the pigs are beginning to reflect human like qualities
and they question the commandments without realizing that the pigs changed them to receive power over the animals. Some animals also get killed for falsely
admitting to be in relation with Snowball to over throw Napoleon (Chapter 7).
Boxer drives himself to death while working hard on the farm and gets token