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George Orwell

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animal-farm-george-orwellThe animals of Manor Farm in England rebel against their farmer, Mr. Jones, and rename their homestead Animal Farm. Although they begin with guidelines for equality, the pigs eventually rule by fear, setting up a totalitarian existence. In this memorable allegory of the Russian Revolution of 1917, the characters represent specific historical figures.Allegory of Rebellion & CorruptionMAIN CHARACTERSSnowballIntellectual pig cast out from the farm; represents banished Russian leader Leon TrotskySquealerManipulative pig; represents Russian media, which spread propaganda to the massesBoxerPowerful but dense cart horse; represents the proletariatMr. JonesRepresents the tyrannical Tsar Nicholas IIOld MajorOld, wise pig; represents socialist revolutionary Karl MarxNapoleonLeader of rebellion who rules by fear; represents Soviet leader Joseph StalinThemesCorruptionA critique of Soviet Communism, Animal Farm shows how a totalitarian society can emerge after a rebellion intended for equality.ExploitationAnimal Farm illustrates how class stratification occurs when someone holds power over an overworked and undereducated underclass.DeceptionTo maintain rule, Napoleon and the other pigs lie to the other animals, changing the rules.Animal Farmby the NumbersPublishers that rejected Animal Farm4Commandments the animals begin with in Animal Farm, which is reduced to one7Attack dogs raised by Napoleon to enforce his demands through fear9Year Animal Farm was adapted as an animated film directed by John Halas and Joy Batchelor1954Born Eric Arthur Blair in British-controlled India, he used the name George Orwell for publication. Written during World War II, Animal Farm is an allegory of the Russian Revolution that criticizes the Stalinist government. Through his writings, Orwell became a leading voice on political and social issues.GEORGE ORWELL1903–50AuthorSongs & ChantsThe songs and chants the animals sing to rally for rebellion illustrate the pigs' control.Religion & RitualThe working animals' attachment to beliefs and rules shows a penchant for hysteria and vulnerability to being controlled.MotifsCommandment, Chapter 10ll animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The New Yorker, The TelegraphCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.George Orwell1945EnglishNovelAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageAnimal FarmAllegory

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