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With a foreword by Ann Patchett

George Orwell's timeless fable - a parable for would-be liberators everywhere, glimpsed through the lens of our own history

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise...

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With a foreword by Ann Patchett

George Orwell's timeless fable - a parable for would-be liberators everywhere, glimpsed through the lens of our own history

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

This new , beautiful paperback edition with a foreword by Ann Patchett  features deckled edges and french flaps — a perfect gift for any occasion.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history.” –Malcolm Bradbury

“As lucid as glass and quite as sharp…[Animal Farm] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift.” –Atlantic Monthly

“A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times.” –New York Times

“Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift.” –Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker

“Orwell’s satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.” –Ruth Rendell

With an Introduction by Julian Symons

Edmund Wilson
Absolutely first-rate...comparable to Voltaire and Swift. -- The New Yorker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452277502
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: 50th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 341,704
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE ORWELL (1903–1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.

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Table of Contents

How to study v
How to use this guide ix
Key to icons x
Background 1
The story of Animal Farm 5
Who's who? 10
The main animal characters 10
The other animals 19
The humans 21
Themes 23
How to get to the top 23
How to tell lies 25
The uses of literacy 28
Down with "isms" 29
Language, style and structure 32
Just words? 32
Do we laugh? 33
The structure of the novel 34
The use of repetition 35
Commentary 37
Chapter 138
Chapter 241
Chapter 344
Chapter 448
Chapter 551
Chapter 655
Chapter 758
Chapter 862
Chapter 966
Chapter 1071
Topics for discussion and brainstorming 77
How to get an "A" in English Literature 79
The exam essay 80
Model answer and essay plans 81
Glossary of literary terms 84
Index 86
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Reading Group Guide

". . . remember always your duty of enmity towards Man and all his ways. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. And remember also that in fighting against Man, we must not come to resemble him . . . All the habits of Man are evil. And, above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind. Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. No animal must ever kill any other animal. All animals are equal." —Animal Farm, from Old Major's speech

It has been said that Animal Farm is a byproduct of George Orwell's long-held hatred of totalitarianism. Clearly, in readingAnimal Farm, those familiar with history will find pointed parallels to Stalin's dictatorship and reign of terror. In this case, however, the principal characters are indeed animals who, possessed of human or near-human traits and abilities, set out to create a Utopian society devoid of human influence.

In the novel's opening scene, Old Major, the "prized Middle White Boar," and the oldest and wisest of all beasts on Manor Farm, gathers the animals and tells them of a vision that came to him in a dream. In essence, he has foreseen a world in which animals rule themselves, live among one another equally, and work only toward the betterment of their own. Inspired by these words, and chaffing under their human master, Mr. Jones, the animals gather secretly and plan rebellion. Led by two of the farm's pigs, Napoleon and Snowball (for the pigs soon prove the cleverest of all the animals on the farm), the animals mount a successful attack, rid themselves of Jones and his human counterparts, and take control of the farm.

With new found freedom and a sense of optimism toward the future, the animals set forth in re-establishing Manor Farm, now renamed Animal Farm, as their own. Under the leadership of the pigs, farm labor is organized and divided among the animals, and a list of seven commandments is established—deemed unalterable—under which all animals on the farm would adhere. Slowly, however, some of the animals become wary of the pigs, who don't necessarily work, but supervise, and whose pronouncements become law despite little or no discussion. The pigs' usurpation of power continues to the point where their rule is questioned only upon pain of death. Consequently, Old Major's vision of a peaceful brotherhood of animals has mutated into a world where reality and truth are molded and disseminated to support the ruling class.

With biting irony and sharp insight into human nature, Orwell illustrates the dangers inherent in a complacent citizenry and the consequences of unchecked power. To this day, Animal Farm remains a haunting vision—the lessons of which might be heeded by all concerned with issues of self-determination and political process.


Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. The family moved to England in 1907 and in 1917 Orwell entered Eton, where he contributed regularly to the various college magazines. From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, an experience that inspired his first novel, Burmese Days (1934). Several years of poverty followed. He lived in Paris for two years before returning to England, where he worked successively as a private tutor, schoolteacher and bookshop assistant, and contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals.Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933.

In 1936, he was commissioned by Victor Gollancz to visit areas of mass unemployment in Lancashire and Yorkshire, andThe Road to Wigan Pier (1937) is a powerful description of the poverty he saw there. At the end of 1936 Orwell went to Spain to fight for the Republicans and was wounded, and Homage to Catalonia is his account of the civil war. He was admitted to a sanatorium in 1938 and from then on was never fully fit. He spent six months in Morocco and there wrote Coming Up for Air. During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard and worked for the BBC Eastern Service from 1941 to 1943. As literary editor of the Tribune he contributed a regular page of political and literary commentary, and he also wrote for theObserver and later for the Manchester Evening News. His unique political allegory, Animal Farm, was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame.

George Orwell died in London in January 1950. A few days before, Desmond MacCarthy had sent him a message of greeting in which he wrote: 'You have made an indelible mark on English literature . . . you are among the few memorable writers of your generation.'


  • "Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?" Throughout the animals' reign on the farm, Napoleon and Squealer dangle the possibility of Jones' return as a constant danger, keeping most of the other animals in fear, and thus, submission. Do you think that this was a valid threat? Do you feel that, overall, the animals were better or worse off once they were in control of the farm?
  • Throughout the novel, the natural characteristics of each animal figure heavily in their motives and pronouncements. How do the actions of Napoleon (a pig), Boxer (a horse), Benjamin (a donkey) and the dogs and sheep reflect the traits normally associated with the animal? Do your feel that Orwell purposely chose certain types of animals to assume certain roles?
  • Repeatedly, the animals sacrifice themselves in order to complete the windmill, only to see it destroyed time and again. What, if any, symbolic role does the windmill play? How do you account for the pigs' insistence that it be built and re-built?
  • On pages 3 - 10 of the novel, Old Major expresses his vision of a society free of human influence and control. Compare and contrast this against what eventually plays out on Manor Farm once the animals have taken over. What, if any, concepts or goals remain the same?
  • In one of the first scenes in the novel, Old Major sings Beasts of England, effectively bringing the animals together under a common purpose. Indeed, throughout the initial struggle against Man, it is a wildly popular and inspirational song. Yet later on, when the animals have successfully conquered the humans, Squealer, "attended by two dogs," announces that Beasts of England had been abolished and "was no longer needed." Why? Can you cite other examples where what was once held "sacred" and "necessary" to the common cause was later banished by decree?
  • Following the massacre of "guilty" animals at the hands of Napoleon and the other pigs, Clover reflects sadly on what she thought life should have been like on Manor Farm: "If she herself had had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak, as she had protected the lost brood of ducklings with her foreleg on the night of Major's speech." Is Clover overly idealistic in feeling this way? Do you feel that such a community can exist?
  • Initially, the seven commandments issued by the animals were deemed unalterable, and symbolized a code by which the animals could live peacefully and equally among themselves. How and by what means were the commandments eventually changed? Choose and discuss one or two individual commandments. Who benefited in each instance and how?
  • Animal Farm is replete with subtle and not so-subtle lessons on blind conformity and the misuse of power. What are some of the lessons you've personally taken away from the novel regarding education of the masses, knowledge of history, idealist thought and class structure? Has the novel changed your worldview in any way?
  • Can you account for how the pigs ascended so quickly to power and dominion over all other animals? What key steps did they take, or more specifically, which elements did they make certain to control?
  • Although Napoleon is considered the absolute Leader of Animal Farm, it is Squealer who is most adept at conveying the "party line" to the animals, often convincing them to disbelieve their own eyes. What methods does Squealer employ to deceive and/or placate the other animals? How does the concept of memory (or lack thereof) figure in Squealer's pronouncements and dealings with them?
  • The novel ends with a chilling passage, wherein Clover notices something odd about the humans and pigs meeting in the farmhouse: "Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. What is Orwell saying here? How do you interpret this final scene?
  • Discuss Napoleon's interaction with the humans after the animals have taken control of the farm. What does Napoleon's dealings with Whymper say about the self-sufficiency of the animals? What is at the root of Napoleon's interplay with Pilkington and Frederick?
  • In reading Animal Farm, Lord Acton's famous pronouncement "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" may come to mind. How and why is this statement applicable to the course of events in the novel?
  • When first published, Animal Farm was seen as a direct attack on Stalinism and the communist regime in Russia. In even a cursory reading, one can see direct parallels in the novel to actual players in Russian history. Is it your opinion, however, that Animal Farm is necessarily a rejection only of Communism? Against what other systems or situations are Orwell's observations applicable?
  • In the aftermath of the rebellion against Mr. Jones, Snowball and Napoleon emerge as the predominant figureheads—yet it is Napoleon who eventually consolidates and assumes power as unquestioned leader. Snowball, now banished from the farm, goes on to assume a newer and possibly more powerful role. Describe the differences between Snowball and Napoleon. What actions taken by Napoleon ensured his ascension to power and "victory" over Snowball? Why does Snowball play so heavily in the decisions and actions on Manor Farm even after he's no longer there?
  • Among the various characters in the novel, whom do you feel is the noblest or most worthy? Which animal would be best suited to lead a group against Napoleon and the pigs? What qualities would this animal need to posses to do so?
  • Why do Napoleon and Squealer consistently emphasize ceremony, tradition and rank? Do you feel that titles such as "Animal hero, second class," or the "Order of the Green Banner" (page 87) mean as much to the rest of the animals as they do the pigs?
  • Do you find it strange that Molly, the narcissistic and lazy horse, successfully leaves the farm and goes to live among humans, even though she is fully aware of the "evil" that Man represents? What deeper meanings or symbolisms do Molly's actions hold?
  • The animals successfully repel a second human attack on the farm. As a consequence of the battle, however, the windmill is destroyed. Squealer considers this outcome an unmitigated victory. Why is Boxer so reluctant to agree?
  • Benjamin, the dour and unflinching Donkey, frequently assumes a sort of "middle ground" regarding events onAnimal Farm. He repeatedly states that "Donkeys live a long time," and that regardless of political outcomes, "life would go on as it always had—badly (page 41)." Discuss the symbolism of Benjamin and his various pronouncements. What role does this character serve in Animal Farm?
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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    Animal Farm is about the animals on a farm uprising and throwing out their unjust owner in order to run the place themselves. It is a thinly-veiled jab at tyrannical regimes and succeeds tremendously. I breezed through this one and honestly could find nothing wrong with it. The characters are all believable and quite a few are even highly likable. My favorite is the horse Boxer who is renowned for his strength, both of body and character. You have to kind of suspend your disbelief when reading Animal Farm because of some of the things that happen, but it is well worth it. The animals decide that the humans get all of the benefit for their hard work and they are tired of it. Led by two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, they overthrow the humans. I won't give a bunch of spoilers, but the story unfolds in such a way as to show how a dictatorship comes to be and how the animals went from one form of slavery to another. I also think the character Squealer was done extremely well as far a propaganda man(pig). By the end of the tale, you can see and understand everything that has transpired and the moral stands on its own without you needing to be bashed over the head with it. For a great fairy-tale about the dangers of socialism or any other kind of bad government ending with "ism", look no further than Animal Farm, where "All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Today's parallels are astounding

    Classic, he was way ahead of his time. Of course evil and lies lurk in our everyday lives. You can see the parallels in today's politics, a must read for everyone and keep your eyes open, freedom is not free-nothing is given to you without consequences read between the lines.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

    It is the time of the Pig Regime!

    It is the time of the Pig Regime! Animal Farm is about the animals working together to overthrow their often drunken and oppressive owner, Mr. Jones. Their action is inspired even more by Old Major, a prize winning pig, who ends up dying just before the animals' revolt. Later on, the pigs are given power over the other animals because they are thought to have more intelligence than the other animals. The choice that the animals make to put the pigs in charge symbolizes the rise of communism in Russia after the 1917 revolution. The animal that I admire most in the novel is Snowball. The reason why I admire Snowball so much is because he is such a good speaker and is so interested in making the animals' lives better by trying to educate them and pass his knowledge on to them. Snowball's beliefs represent the start of communistic beliefs, similar to those of Leon Trotsky, and Old Major's beliefs are similar to those of Vladimir Lenin. When Snowball is overthrown and exiled by Napoleon, a power hungry Berkshire boar, Napoleon himself takes over the Animal Farm and changes its name to The Manor Farm. Napoleon rules like a dictator and tyrant, and his actions and character traits are an allegory of Joseph Stalin during his rule of the former Soviet Union. Napoleon twists and turns the original rules that were there before his regime to support his wants. When the animals try to revolt against Napoleon or make any uproar about his judgment, they are killed, exiled, or both. After a short period of time, the animals realize that Napoleon is truly a cruel ruler.
    I recommend this novel for people who enjoy reading fictional books that are based on true life history. The use of animal characters to represent people and the heavy use of symbolism make Animal Farm an educational book. Animal Farm is also a book about the struggle for independence, freedom, and justice. Some of the main ideas in Animal Farm can even be used in real life situations. Animal Farm enforces this belief that, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Under Napoleon's regime, things become absolutely corrupt and cruel for the other farm animals. Most of the farm animals believe Napoleon at first when he says they will have a more productive and better life with him as their leader than they would have had when Snowball was their leader. Napoleon's actions and those of the remaining pigs, however, prove to be different than what the other animals expect.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

    The perfect political fantasy.

    Change can sometimes be good, but not in this case. At first glance, George Orwell's book "Animal Farm" might seem like a book for children but as I read the story, I began to realize it was based on the Russian Communist Revolution. It's purely political as well as fantasy, considering the characters are animals. George Orwell says "it is the history of a revolution that went wrong" and he was absolutely right. Leaders have a tendancy to get too comfortable with their authority and begin to take advantage of it. The novel explains the many things that can go wrong when someone decides it's time for a change.<BR/> "Animal Farm" is the story of a group of animals living in a farm under human authority. Once manipulated into believing Mr. Jones is evil, as well as all the human race, the animals decide to rebel. They come up with seven commandments that they are expected to live by:<BR/>1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy; <BR/>2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend; <BR/>3. No animal shall wear clothes; <BR/>4. No animal shall sleep in a bed; <BR/>5. No animal shall drink alcohol; <BR/>6. No animal shall kill any other animal; <BR/>7. All animals are equal.<BR/>The rules were set and they were final. They drive out the farmer and start to feel as if all authority is gone. Just as fast, the pigs decide they are the ones most fit to be in charge. Sure enough, authority begins to be abused and misused. The pigs treated the animals as if they were above and better than them. They started living in the farmers home, sleeping in the beds and there were even rumors of murder! The other animals were forced to work harder while the pigs sat around and did absolutely nothing. Everything was all too familiar but if you decided to speak up or go against the pigs, you were gone.<BR/> I could definitely recommend this book to others because it's very interesting and easy to comprehend. It illustrates manipulation at its worst. Before reading this book, I didn't care much for politics but after I realized everything that could go wrong, it motivated me to be aware of any leader's words and actions. It brought me to the realization that just because it sounds good doesn't always mean go with it because it's easy to be manipulated when the words they're speaking sound right. Change isn't always for the better, even if that's what they're telling you.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012


    This book is pretty deep. It shows how people can turn a lie into a whole big concept. I dont know why most people read it just in high school. I am only 12 and i loved it.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Great Story Line And Interesting Till the Very End.

    Animal Farm Review
    "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals." ~George Orwell, Animal Farm. In the beginning of this book George Orwell shows how the humans are in control of the Manor Farm, then as the story progresses we see the animals take over and thus Animal farm is born. The book then goes on to show how the animals work together at first and then the pigs start to take control and from there the reader is taken on a rollercoaster of deception, betrayal, war, and much more.
    The writer gets his point across beautifully; he shows how a utopian society was impossible. An example of how he did this would be, that even once the animals got rid of the humans, the pigs stepped in and took control and started dictating, slowly and unnoticed by the other animals. As the story progresses there is a point where an overthrow is tried and succeeded. Then the commandments which were set when Animal Farm was first started were slowly altered ever so slightly that the animals were convinced that they just imagined the real commandments.

    The writer also shows how war was inevitable in order for the animals to keep their farm, also proving a world without war impossible. Like in the battle of the cow shed which was a big turning point in the story. Up till that point Mr. Jones had been planning to strike the animals on the farm and by doing so recover his farm back. But the animals had expected this and therefore readied themselves for it, so when Mr. Jones tried to win his farm back the animals had plans to run him off yet again thus the Battle of the Cow Shed. When the animals won this battle they proved to the humans and themselves that they were independent and would be able to fight to keep their freedom.

    It is my opinion that George Orwell stated fact well and made it interesting for the reader to read and also to interpret. He showed dictatorship at its beginning unthreatening, helpful, and hopeful and then the lust for ultimate power comes through and dictator! He shows suffering, hard work and unawareness. He showed what was wrong with society in that day and much of it still applies today, and did it all in a way that it could not be directly tied to the government. His words were beautiful, a book of great meaning and interest.

    So it is my opinion that George Orwell was a talented person of thought. The book at times made you feel as if you were there, it was fiction but yet comparable to real life, it showed many types of behavior, thoughts, and what one will do in a given situation and more. All in all the point of the book came across loud and clear.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

    Animal Farm review

    When I first started reading Animal Farm, I didn¿t really understand what they were talking about. Once you really get into the book, you figure out quickly what the book is really about. Animal Farm is about equality, mistreatment, and rules and commandments that even the leader couldn¿t follow. Also, it is about how you can¿t always trust who is in charge nor has authority over something. George Orwell did a great job on pointing out the fact that these animals were mistreated. If they didn¿t follow a commandment or did something the leader didn¿t like, then they could face severe punishment, or even death. The leader, Napoleon, couldn¿t always follow the commandments himself. When he failed to follow them, he would change them so that he couldn¿t be held responsible for breaking them. <BR/><BR/> The Animal Farm has a big goal they were trying to reach. As they were trying to get towards that goal, they hit a few bumps. They really learned what kind of unfair leader they had. They finally found out what happened with Snowball, their old leader. They wondered why they were treated so horribly and what they did to deserve it. Which in reality, they did nothing. It was all because they had a selfish leader and they trusted him. The way George Orwell described everything, I could picture everything that was going on in the book. I understood a little bit more of what was going on and how serious these animals were. They were exhausted. Overworked, they weren¿t fed well, didn¿t have any say so in anything. All they had were these commandments to live by: <BR/><BR/>1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy; <BR/>2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend; <BR/>3. No animal shall wear clothes; <BR/>4. No animal shall sleep in a bed; <BR/>5. No animal shall drink alcohol; <BR/>6. No animal shall kill any other animal; <BR/>7. All animals are equal<BR/><BR/> These rules weren¿t always fair but the animals took them seriously as well as the leaders. They had a song they sang that was in memory of their old leader. They sang it all the time and thought about their deceased member. Eventually, that was also banned from the farm and so were many other things. If you think that the world is not fair, why don¿t you just read this book and then you will really understand what is unfair and what rules that we need are. All you have to do is look at these animals. They had a desire for change burning in their hearts and would do anything to get there. Change can be for the good, which is what the animals wanted. But the downfall of that is, that change can also be for the bad, which is what happened in the story.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    Orwell stands beside Swift, Voltire, and Thackery.

    A great satire on conumissiom. I am 10 years old and I enjoied it. It is about a group of hard working farm animals, how they rebell, and how things do not go so well after it. Better than the t.v. movie!

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Interesting Read!

    “Animal Farm” by George Orwell was a creative masterpiece. Orwell tells of a farm that is overcome by animals. The animals must face many difficult choices as they begin to build their own community. Things that the animals must face once they begin their new society include: leadership (who will be their 'leader' and help guide them in the right direction), profit (ways for the farm to continue making money even once the humans are upset with them), and society matters (including what buildings will be built and what jobs need to be done). Throughout the novel, the animals must face many ups and downs. I believe that Orwell isn't just telling a novel for enjoyment purposes, but also to describe how society is. He tells the story of animals controlling a farm because its creative and catches your attention, but the bigger picture is that he tells what happens once we elect an official for our government. I feel that if you want to do something, you can do it as long as you believe that you can, but I also believe that there could be unintended consequences. For example, the animals thought they could take over the farm and they did, but there were also consequences like times when there wasn't enough food for everyone or not enough money. This was a very interesting novel that covered many important points that are still problems with out government today. Just because you think someone is saying the things you want to hear and society hasn't crashed and burned doesn't necessarily mean that they are telling the complete truth. An example being how some animals are being treated differently than other animals on the farm and how the jobs are divided amongst the different 'classes' of animals. A point that doesn't have to do with government that George Orwell discusses in “Animal Farm” is trusting yourself. Some of the animals think that stuff seems to be changing, but they keep it to themselves. George Orwell's novel has opened my eyes: sometimes things aren't what they seem, if you think something seems different or off, mention it to others; they might be thinking the same thing. You guys could step it up and help bring a better change! This is a great novel that should be read by young adult readers because not only does it get your attention and make you want to read the novel, but it makes you think about society in the novel and how society is where you live. “Animal Farm” is a must read for both animal lovers and people who enjoy politics alike! Great job George Orwell!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    Had to read this for school. If given the choice I would never

    Had to read this for school. If given the choice I would never would of read this. It was depressing and boring. Also, I felt that it was meant for adults not teenagers.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Horrible book and very depressng

    Horrible book. the beggining was pretty good but towards the middle of the book everything started going downwards. From that point on it kept going downwards to the very end which then was a awful ending. The worst book that i have every read

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012


    I never got a chance reading this in high school, so here I am reading it as an adult. A true classic that shows the inequality of Specialness, shing a spotlight on the Disease of Entitlement, Power & Betrayal.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Animal Farm

    In language arts class this year, we read Animal Farm. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in Communism or is a WWII geek. This was a really good book and I enjoyed it a lot. I'm glad that Orwell wrote this book because America could be a completely different place without the insight that he had.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    Animal Farm - a highly interesting read

    The novel Animal Farm is a very interesting book. It speaks of rebellion and dictatorship, freedom and oppression. In this book, George Orwell writes of a farm on which animals are oppressed and worked mercilessly without enough food. One of the pigs decides that the animals should revolt against their owners to create the perfect society ruled by those who stand on four feet.
    When the rebellion succeeds, a government is established with a pig called Napoleon as the head of the so called ¿Animal Farm,¿ the name the animals give Manor Farm after taking over. However, power tends to corrupt, and the utopian society doesn¿t stay perfect for long.
    One interesting part in Animal Farm was when the humans return to the farm and try and reclaim it, but fail. I think this symbolizes that when the old form of government tries to return, it finds that the new system is too strong to replace.
    Another notable scene is when Napoleon changes the seven commandments written on the barn wall to suit his own purposes, instead of for the good of the whole farm. The animals, most of who cannot read, ask the old goat to remind them what the laws say, and when they have been altered, blame themselves for having a bad memory and simply forgetting a few words here and there, though they alter the meaning of the rule considerably.
    I think the most important part in Animal Farm is located at the very end, when the pigs walk on two legs, carry whips, and play cards with humans. It was said that they looked almost the same. I think this signifies that although the animals had created a new government, it had turned out to greatly resemble the old one that they had so despised.
    I think the author of Animal Farm was trying to depict the Communist government and rule in a way that is somewhat satirical, and he did a very good job on this through renaming historical figures and representing them as animals to add to the effect of the governments being different, at least in the beginning. Animal Farm is an interesting book, full of meaningful situations and characters, and well worth reading.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    False Utopian

    The perfect animal society made of the animals, by the animals, for the animals. Can such a utopian really exist? The animals of Manor Farm were sick of being mistreated by their drunkard owner Mr. Jones; Old Major gave them a vision of a new life where animals roamed the fields free of humans. Humans were the cause of so much despair for the animals; they took away and sold their young, and killed them for food and bones when they got to old. So, the animals started the Rebellion in order to free themselves. Animal Farm was a dream that became a reality, but soon turned into a nightmare, the superiority the pigs were bestowed with was horrific. Throughout the farm deception and lies spread, and each passing day became worse than the last. There can be no such thing as a utopian society in this world. Old Major left the animals with few laws of Animalism, laws that were too easily broken. Napoleon went against everything old Major believed in and envisioned. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy; then the pigs began to walk on two legs. No animal shall wear clothes; then the pig wore the clothes of their old master Mr. Jones. No animal shall sleep in a bed; the pigs not only wore the clothes of their past tyrant, but slept in the same bed. No animal shall drink alcohol; this became no animal shall drink alcohol to excess. No animal shall kill any other animal; Napoleon held a public execution. All animals are equal; but to Napoleon, he is considered more equal than others. People who take power become corrupt and blinded, they don¿t see how they look to others, they only see the pleasure of the fear in their eyes. They treat those under them like slaves, they lie to them and hurt them. Napoleon was no different, he went behind his comrades backs, he lied to them in such a way, it is unforgivable. Napoleon became not only a dictator, but he became a human. There can be no such thing as a utopian society in this world.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Super dreadful absolutely boring

    Super dreadful absolutely boring

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2010

    Animal Farm Review

    The novel that I chose to do my assignment on was Animal Farm. It was a really great book and I absolutely loved it. If you would like to read a book that describes the struggles that we have to go through everyday with authority you will love this book. The story is written from the views of the animals, but it still identifies problems that people have to go through in their everyday lives.
    This novel is about animals on a farm that want to be their own leaders, and don't want to be ruled over by man. It starts off that they rebel and eventually they succeed in driving the farmer off. Then to summarize the middle the pigs who were the smartest of the animals decided that they would be the leaders of the animals. The animals did not understand what they were really agreeing to. All the animals made up rules that they were suppose to follow to stay organized. They also had a motto, "Four legs good two legs bad". Instead these rules would only be discarded like the dead animals that the head pig Napoleon killed with his savage dogs that he raised. (Isn't this interesting?)
    Eventually the pigs exacted exactly like humans. They wore clothes, drank beer, and ordered the other animals around. So no matter what you try to do there is always authority over you. Even if you think that you are free in truth you are not.
    I loved the way that the author organized the order of events in this novel. I think that George Orwell is very intelligent. I would also like to comment on the language and dialogue in this book. George wrote it in a way that was easy to understand. Also the dialogue was great because I felt like I was in the barn with the animals listening to them talk. Even though I know that this story is fictional because I know that animals can't talk it could be based on true events.
    I would definitely recommend this novel to any of my friends I would even recommend it to my friend that do not even like to read. I think that even they would love it. If I could rate this book on a scale of zero to ten I would give it a twenty. I would even like to meet George Orwell and discuss Animal Farm. To anyone who has not read the Animal Farm novel I suggest that you do. I will be reading more of George Orwell's books! Also I would just like to say that if I was going to be a writer I would pick George Orwell as my writing coach. He is just amazing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    A reviewer

    i did not like this book at all it was really boring

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Looking for a book? Look somewhere else!

    I had to read this book at school and i can honestly say it was the most confusing and boring book i had ever read in my life. Unless you like George Orwell and know anything about the Russian Revolution, don't read this book.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    A magnificent parody to a dictatorship

    In Animal Farm, an old boar known as Major gathers every animal on Manor Farm one night and tells them that he had a dream of a changed society where humans have been driven out and everything is run by animals, working hours on farms are shorter, and everything is right and just and animals are all treated equally. Mr. Jones and his family (the owners of Manor Farm) are run out by the animals and they are free. However, the pigs happen to seize the only positions as leaders of Manor Farm (now Animal Farm). But the rest of the animals don't complain because the yearly harvest was completed much quicker and produced more and they get increased rations. However, a pig named Napoleon chases Snowball (the only other pig trying to lead Animal Farm) out of the farm and slowly establishes a dictator-like regime on the farm that gives pigs and dogs a higher social status than the rest of the animals there. He slowly changes the original commandments of Animalism (the belief that all animals are equal that was established on Animal Farm originally) so that conditions on the farm were no better than before. This classic is a great read and I reccomend that you read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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