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Author Biography: George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, born in 1903. He produced an impressive and critically acclaimed body of work, including his two most famous novels, Animal Farm and 1984. He died in 1950.
“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
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Posted January 7, 2011
Could animals take over the world? Well, the animals of Manor Farm seem to think so! They are tired of serving men, and getting nothing in return. They decide to overthrow the human race, starting with Mr. Jones, the owner of Manor Farm. The animals vow to never wear clothes, sleep in a bed, drink alcohol, or kill a fellow animal. The pigs are in charge because they can read and write, but will their power corrupt them? At first, their plan was going perfectly. They had gotten rid of Mr. Jones and the farm was all theirs! The pigs started getting selfish, though. It started with the milk. They took it all to themselves, without offering to share with anyone else. They did not work along-side the other animals, they merely supervised. Then they took all the apples to themselves. Their reasons were that they needed these things to stay healthy, and the farm couldn't survive without them. Snowball and Napoleon, the two head pigs, started disagreeing with each other. Everything thing was an argument, from what to plant in that field, to what to plant in this field. The biggest argument of all was about the windmill. Snowball came up with a plan to build a windmill, which would supply the farm with electrical power. Napoleon was totally against it. The whole farm was separated on the subject. Some of the animals agreed with Snowball and wanted a "three day week". Other animals agreed with Napoleon and the "full manger". Snowball kept making speeches, and after awhile, the animals started agreeing more with him. Napoleon did not like this. He called to his dogs that he had been raising in secret, and they attacked Snowball. This was the start of Napoleon's reign. After Snowball was out of his way, Napoleon decided to build the windmill anyway. Soon, the pigs moved into the farmhouse. Commandment number four was broken. Later, four pigs, three hens, three sheep, and a goose admitted to treachery. They were all slain on the spot. Commandment number six was broken. The animals went through many hardships with the windmill and making deals with men. Commandment number one, "Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy", was broken. The pigs found a case of whisky and drank it. Commandment number five was broken, too. Boxer, the most hard-working horse, was injured when working on the windmill. Napoleon sent him to a "veterinary hospital" which was really a horse slaughterer. He killed again, this time for no reason at all. Years passed and nothing changed. One day, something that would change the farm forever happened. The pigs were walking upon their hind legs, carrying whips. After that the pigs wore clothes. Commandment three was broken, but not really, for the seven commandments were removed. They were replaced by a single commandment that read: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". Soon after that, the animals saw the pigs playing poker with farmers. The pigs had become just like the men that were once their "enemies". Animal Farm was a great book that portrays the corruption of power and that symbolizes totalitarianism. Napoleon wants all the power just like dictators throughout our history, such as Robert Mugabe and Omar Al-Bashir. The end of the book is what makes Animal Farm so good, because you see at the end that Napoleon's intentions were no better than those of his enemies.
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Posted December 2, 2010
If animals could talk, think for themselves, and have a say in the human world, what would they want? Would they want to continue working as farm slaves for the benefits of humans? I have a feeling that the answer is no; that they would rather have the fields where they work as their leisure areas and the crops to harvest at their own pace. I think that they would want a rebellion, overthrowing the cruel humans that treat them with such little respect and feed them such small rations. During the novel Animal Farm, the animals learn of this concept. But will they act on it, and will it prevail?
When Old Major, the prize winning white boar on Manor Farm, reveals to his fellow animals that a revolution is approaching between animals and men, the animals are eager to get started. Along their journey towards the "rebellion", they accomplish many goals such as claiming the farm where they live as their own, renaming it Animal Farm, and removing the humans from the property including the owner of the farm, Mr. Jones. However, they also face many difficulties, most of them caused by their own leaders. The animals of Animal Farm want to eventually start a revolution against the entire human population, leaving them green pastures and plenty of food for all, but the road towards that goal proves to be a difficult one.
One of the difficulties that they face is their animal government. Snowball, the original leader of Animal Farm, mysteriously disappears during a battle between Mr. Jones and the animals, and the self-centered Napoleon takes his place. He immediately starts customizing the rules of Animal Farm to suit his needs, and applying ridiculous work hours for harvesting crops and working in the fields so that he can have his food faster. Eventually, the animals want to protest against these new measures, but are snuffed by the other leaders of Animal Farm, who agree with Napoleon, since his actions benefit them as well.
Another difficulty on Animal Farm is the outside opponent: the humans. They are continually spreading false rumors about how the farm animals are slowly starving and having battles amongst themselves. The humans are also trying everything in their power to stop it, including purchasing Animal Farm's timber in exchange for fake notes. Eventually, the humans work their way into Animal Farm, and act as influence for the leaders to act as humans; teaching their young (and themselves) to walk on two legs, wear clothes, and use whips in the fields. In the end, Napoleon is basically turning into a human himself, and therefore allowing human control once again.
In my opinion, the novel Animal Farm was a great book to read and was funny at the same time. The plot was extremely creative, but represented real life situations at the same time. There were a few instances where I really got to thinking what the plot might evolve as if it were in real life, and how the animals might have gone about things differently. I was also surprised to learn that this book was written many years ago, in 1945. It simply tries to prove (and succeeds) that a utopian society is impossible, and eventually some kind of evil will seep through. To me, it also says that just because a leader proclaims it, does not essentially mean that they are right.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the chance to discover another wonderful book! It was very creative, and revealed what animals might think if they could have a say in the human world.
Posted November 20, 2010
"Animal Farm" is a novel based on the lives of a group of animals living on Manor Farm.
The title makes it seem a very simple story but in fact it is complicated and has profound meaning. It can be related with past and present societies and very much with human behavior.
Three pigs of Manor Farm: Old Major, Snowball and Napoleon are the main characters in the book. Old Major begins the revolution with his idea of a society where all the animals are equal. He shares his idea with the other animals just before his death. All the other animals like his idea but decided to let the revolution come by on its own. After Old Major's death, the revolution happened and the humans were kicked out of Manor farm. Soon an invisible battle for leadership of Animal farm began between Snowball and Napoleon, the battle doesn't end until Napoleon expels Snowball from the farm thru force. This allowed him to make decisions without asking for the approval of anybody else. Napoleon became a dictator on the farm, ruling thru fear, false promises and lies. The other animals were mistreated worse than when Mr. Jones was there, everyone was lied to and only the pigs lived well because they became allies with Napoleon.
This book was written extremely well. I found it incredible the way Orwell could make the characters and problems in the book relate to real world problems. The book plainly shows what happens when power gets into the wrong hands and people let themselves be blinded by lies. Many people compare this book to the Russian society and its character's to real world people. For example: the Old Major is compared to Karl Max because of his rebellion. Napoleon is measured to Stalin because of his iron-fisted leadership over Russia and of the way he justified his brutal rule by claiming it was socialism. Snowball is compared to Leon Trotsky because of the way Leon fought whole-heartedly against Stalin from his position in the Executive Committee of Committer but Stalin expelled Leon before anything could happen.
Anyone who is a fan of Orwell or likes books about politics shouldn't miss out on this fabulous novella. Although politics are woven into the book, it is very easy to understand unlike most politic books and very informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in studying society or human behavior.
Posted November 17, 2010
The name of this book says it all! George Orwell could not have come up with a more fitting name for this novel, what it represents, and also for the world we live in. In the book, Animal Farm, Old Major, a prize-winning wise old pig, gathers the animals to speak about taking over the farm they live on and eventually wiping out the human race; saying "man is the only real enemy we have". The animals, neglected and abused by the humans running the farm and in their desperation for a better life, take in the words of Old Major as a promise of a new beginning, their one chance for freedom. The idea of a revolution, sparked by Old Major, builds and they plan over throw Mr. Jones, and send he and his crew off of the farm; they then claim the farm as their own. The animals run the farm, they way they see fit. Manor Farm then becomes, Animal Farm; and the animals feel that they are now free from the humans oppression and abuse. But as history loves to do, it repeats itself; as the animals establish government and leaders emerge among the animals, so does a very human-like society and class structure. Some animals are meant to work, and some to read and fill out forms. and some animals are meant to rule.
Although the author is using this as a satire of the Russian Revolution and socialism and several characters are based on historical figures, such as Napoleon the pig as a representation of Joseph Stalin, and Old Major as Marx, the book rings true more as a warning for the entire human race. From tyrannical power hungry opportunistic leaders, greed and corruption of power, murder and lies, to the weaker naive animals who follow blindly along with anything their leaders say, no matter the cost, this book is full of important lessons on how we as a society shouldn't conduct ourselves. I feel that Mr. Orwell was definitely writing more than a fairy tale about a farm, and he presented his ideas with intelligence and style. The story itself is very readable and held my interest shortly after the first chapter; and although I was assigned to read this book for my Freshman English I class, I truly feel that is has changed the way I not only visualize politics, but the human race as a whole.
Posted November 15, 2010
George Orwell's Animal Farm is easily one of the best books I have ever read. Would I recommend this book to someone looking for a good read? Without hesitation I would recommend this book. This novel is a joy to read. The book also leaves the possibility of a wonderful conversational topic. Animal Farm is a relatively easy read, but it really makes a bold point that both teens and adults could relate to and understand. George Orwell presents a situation similar to that of many political issues in history. When the government is given too much power, the general population being controlled will eventually get fed up. Frustration and anger will lead to a thirst for anarchy and a utopian society, freedom without governmental power. Eventually, people will act on it, leading to a rebellion, by the people, against the government. This is exactly what occurs in Animal Farm. I believe the animals in the novel really depict where the common people truly stand in relation to the government (or humans in the novel) not only in history, but in today's society as well. The dirty truth behind all of this is: a Utopian society is impossible to achieve. With or without some sort of higher governmental power, society is doomed to fail - it is inevitable. However, the animals in this story continually fight for this "perfect farm."
One night Old Major has a dream of a rebellion that will lead to a land where animals roam free and humans are not in the picture. The animals believe this dream, but did not think that it would happen in their lifetime, but it happens. Napoleon, the leader of the farm animals, proves to be an intelligent young boar, ready for any obstacle thrown in his direction. As the animals gain their trust in Napoleon, they believe that they must fight for what Napoleon says is right. They endure pain, hunger, and fear in order to complete their leader's requests. As time goes on, the animals learn that even people they trust are not always looking to take actions in their best interests.
Will the animals learn to puzzle the pieces together and take control of the farm that is rightfully their own? Or will a great catastrophe occur ending Animal Farm entirely? Is it possible that an animal, just like them, four legs and all, could possibly be manipulating them into believing their lies? Only the pages bound between the covers of this book hold the answers. I highly recommend George Orwell's Animal Farm to someone looking for a short interesting read and an unexpected change of events.
Posted November 10, 2010
In the book Animal Farm by George Orwell you find out a lot of things, you learn so much about the characters and about where they come from, their culture and what's wrong. You learn a lot about the main characters and the good characters and the mean characters. You learn a little bit more about how animals probably feel when they are neglected by a drunk farmer. You unknowingly until the end about bullying and how to not be bullied. I found this book very entertaining and informational. I would recommend this to other people which I already have. This book is very motivational and makes you want to stand up for you right in what you believe in. To a lot of people at first this book may seem a little boring but it's worth the read. The most important part of the story I think was when they finally put aside everything and got what they needed and got what they deserved. In this book you also see a lot of commitment and confidence. Napoleon the pig and snowball a great examples of this. You also learn how to be emotionally stronger the puppies are great example of this 'cause even though they were blindly misleaded they still found themselves in the end. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this book 8.5 why? It would have been higher but the beginning is a bit of a slow read. In my class this was labeled as an honors book, but even though it may be labeled as a little bit of a hard to read you should take the challenge it's a great book. It's so hard to write everything that is so wonderful in this book there are so many wonderful colorful personality characters in this book. After the first chapter there's never a dull moment. I guess it's because you have to find out about the characters and the plot. But after that it is a whirlwind of excitement. After reading this book ive earned to also always do my best. Because if I don't then maybe someday someone or something may be looking for me to treat them right. You just never know what can happen, and know that I think of it that's another lesson to always take responsibilities and treat everyone the right way, and to not neglect your responsibilities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2010
This book is definitely one of the cases where you need to listen to the common phrase: "Don't judge a book by its cover." On the outside, it may seem like another bad attempt to use animals to convey a story, but once you start to read it, the story gets much deeper than you could have ever imagined possible. You begin to see countless similarities between the situations in this book and in society today and you get to see Orwell's perspective on the issue of Soviet Communism. The story began with the lead pig, Old Major, speaking of the Rebellion that he saw in the future. Old Major died a few days later, but his vision lived on, and soon after his death, it happened, and the animals took control of Manor Farm. They renamed it Animal Farm, and two pigs emerged as the two lead pigs, Snowball and Napoleon. The two pigs created their own set of the Seven Commandments that every animal on Animal Farm would follow and created a kind of equality and prosperity among the animals. They worked well together at first, but issues began to arise, and Napoleon found a way to oust Snowball and become the leader. Napoleon too suffers from the inevitable human reaction to having power; he becomes obsessed with the power he has gained and unbelievably greedy. The pigs begin becoming the cause of mysterious disappearances, increasing work hours, food shortages for the working class, and even murder. The Commandments begin to change, too, and this begins looking all too similar to the real-life Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union. Animal Farm has a stunning amount of similarities between situations presented in the book and in real life associated with Soviet Union communism. Characters are cleverly used as metaphors for real-life people and buildings, ideas, and events are expertly used as symbolism. For example, Mr. Jones represented Czar Nicholas II, who was the leader before Joseph Stalin. Old Major is a metaphor for Karl Marx, Squealer is a metaphor for the Pravda newspaper that provided propaganda for Stalin, and Snowball is a metaphor for Leo Dawidowitsch Trotsky who was the arch-rival of Stalin. Napoleon is the metaphor for Joseph Stalin and was named after the dictator of France who was believed to be Anti-Christ as Napoleon seemed to be with Sugar candy Mountain. The idea of "Animalism" was used to represent socialism. The book's most obvious message reflected Orwell's beliefs and how he believed socialism is a good idea at first, but cannot ever be achieved due to the inevitable sins of our nature. Napoleon appeared to be a good leader at first, but he became power-hungry and greedy, just as Stalin did. While his status grew, the welfare of Animal Farm remained worse than before. This book is a great, quick read, and is intelligently written, but easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2010
George Orwell's novels are as timeless as they are thought provoking and true. Animal Farm is no exception. This novel is, in short, a saga of a revolution gone completely wrong. The animals of Manor Farm resent their exploitive, lazy owner Mr. Jones. Old Major, one of the pigs, gives a stirring speech in which he tells of a dream he had. He tells of a time when all animals are equal, free, happy, work for themselves, and no longer subject to human domination. Inspired by these radically new ideas, the animals (under the direction of the pigs) expel their master, and take control of the farm for themselves, renaming it 'Animal Farm'. The more intelligent pigs take the lead, putting 'Animalism' into seven commandments. Through tactics such as propaganda, changing history, and moving away from the founding principles, the animals' newfound freedom is slowly being sabotaged by enemies from within. Written as a satirical criticism to Soviet Communism, Animal Farm's message is just as relevant today as it was then. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. So called "Communist" revolutions nearly always end up with a government more tyrannical and oppressive than the one it overthrew. Though somewhat pessimistic in tone and ominous in theme, Animal Farm serves as a warning to all who support 'communist' movements. The corrupting influence of power and danger of propaganda is perfectly portrayed in this short, emotional, fast moving must-read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2010
When a local farm is taken over by it's animals, the animals learn about how power can ruin a person, or pig. The animals take over the farm and rename it Animal Farm their leaders are the pigs and everything is fine at first. In fact thing look like they are getting better! But as time goes on thing take a turn off the worse, the pigs become greedy and take what is not theirs.
In the story things start out okay, the animals are working together and the pigs are working out many of the problems the other animals are having. For example, when they first toke over the farm they did not know how any of the tools the humans used worked. It was the pigs job to find out how this tools worked. Everyone thought that things was great, they all had food and the work was more of a joy. But joy can only last so long.
Things start to turn for the animals, although on the outside things look like it's fine, out the inside things are starting to turn. This change started simple; the pigs toke all the apples for themselves and also they toke the milk that the cows gave and mixed it into their food. But the pigs being who they was got the other animals to believe it was for the better that they toke these things off the reason of they still had problems to deal with and the apple and milk helped their minds. They said they did not like the apples and milk to make the other animals believe that they was doing this to help the animals.
Then things turn completely out of hand, one of the pigs, Snowball, left the farm and caused many of the other animals to question the other pigs actions. But over time the pigs and it look as though things was fine again. But the pigs started changing the rules, the seven commandants, they changed it to were is said different things then when they was first wrote. For example; the pigs changed the rule about not killing other animals to where it said that they shouldn't kill other animals without reason. This made it seem like killing was okay at the right times.
In the end things are still not going well for the animals of Animal Farm more of them was killed and live is worse then it was when the story started. The pigs was not very good leaders and the power of ruling the other animals went to their heads.
Posted November 1, 2010
The story Animal Farm is a fun and easy book to read through. Orwell creates such a simple theme, such as animals wanting to overthrow their farmer, and makes it closely resemble real activities that have happened in the past. He connects his story with the Russian Revolution and using word choice and imagery, he creates an oppressed tone in the story.
Orwell does not state who the protagonist of the story is; however, he does create a multitude of antagonists to terrorize the common animals who are already struggling to survive. The main antagonist is the farmer who was supposed to take care of the farm, Mr. Jones. Since the beginning of the story, with the aid of an old hog, the animals plot to overthrow the humans and take the farm for themselves to create the utopia all of the animals were aiming for. He even states that all men took everything from the animals: eggs, meat, wool but did nothing to provide for the animals.
The story is set in third person, but it's very easy to see the true intentions of animals and humans alike by the way Orwell uses diction to explain dialogue. There are many double entendres in the story by the animals who do not have their hearts in the right place.
Orwell also shows that even when the animals weren't treated the best by those they thought would help them; they continue living with hope that one day everything will get better. That they would get past all of the feelings of oppression and finally reach the utopia that they all crave for. Their sense of optimism, most notably shown in the character, Boxer the donkey, is a great inspiration for not only the animals, but for the reader of the story.
My opinion is that this story is a great read, and can easily be done in one sitting. Even when one scene, such as the beginning containing the hog, Old Major, can seem a little slow, the climax and rising resolution of the story make up for it.
Orwell creates characters that can easily be related to, whether by personal experience or by the reader looking back in European history from the nineteenth and twentieth century, such elements and people being the Russian Revolution, the Russian dictator Stalin, and even the dictator of France in the 1800s, Napoleon, which one of the main pigs of the story is given his name.
Posted October 29, 2010
Animal farm review: Imagine..... a perfect society where everybody is treated fairly and the same, that is what the animals in this farm are trying to do, establish a perfect society. This books is very good. When you open the book and begin reading it, you read about a farm out in England. On this farm there is the farmer, his animals, and his hired workers. Now imagine that your animals are tired of working for you and they started a rebellion and kicked out all your workers and you. That is what happen in this book. In this book many things happen like treason, starvation (half way) , wars, and much more. George Orwell, the author did such a great job writing this book. A morale that is in this story is that when having a leader, you should be careful for they will begin to get selfish later on. A good example of this story is that when the humans were the leaders ( can't really say leader, more like slave owners) they only made the animals work so that they could enjoy themselves. Even when they had kick out the humans, they still had to work for someone else because when the humans step down, the pigs step up. The pigs then act way worse than the humans without the other animals knowing it and the pigs got very selfish. So I am saying that this morale applies to this story really well. When you read this book you may be somewhat bored at first but then it gets very good and then at the end it will leave you wanting to know more. Some of the character just wanted to have peace and live on a perfect society. Some other characters just want to be selfish and do and get what they want with little work. The author did a good job on explaining the personalities of most of the characters. This books is very good for its many different parts of the story such as deception, war, labor and even a confession/massacre part. The author showed in this story that trying to establish a perfect society is pretty much impossible. It applies even today, in our century everybody has tried to establish a perfect society somewhere wether a country, the world, at a local gathering place, or even at your own home, it is impossible. There will always be fighting, always be someone wanting to get something for themselves, always selfishness. That is what the authors main point to me is about this story. A section of this book that I would like to review is the part where Snowball is abolish from them. At this part of the story it obviously shows that Napolean wants to be leader, that is why he scare Snowball away then tells Squealer to tell the other animals lies that being leader is a burden. Then there are other parts of the story that shows that he really wants to be leader and doesn't want anybody argueing with him because it says that his dogs always growled and bared the teeth while he was speaking or not speaking so that the other animals would be afraid and would not say anything. My oppinion on this book is that it is very good and has become one of my favorite books to read. There are many other behaviors and other information in the story but if you want to find out you have to read the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2010
How would you feel if you had a farm with quite a few animals on it and they all rebelled against you? What if you lived on that farm with your family and they animals ran you off the property? Just read about how it affected farmers and their animals in Animal Farm by George Orwell. Animal farm tells a story of animals that want to be treated fairly and are tired of being abused for all of their hard labor. After strong encouragement from a white boar named Old Major, the animals ran the farmer, Mr. Jones, off their newly claimed land. Then they had to figure out who would guide them and how they would work more efficiently. Through multiple let downs they carried on and held strong not to let the two legged on their farm. The animals decided it would be the pigs who would lead them in their fight to set an example to all the other animals and keep their farm up and running. The pigs were the smartest on the farm so it only made since to let them make the decisions. There were two pigs named Snowball and Napoleon who lead specifically. There were fair rules set and they were painted on the side of the barn. All of the animals were in full agreement of the rules and thought very well of the two pigs. Snowball and Napoleon were always trying to make things run more efficiently and they often debated. The animals were all very happy with their accomplishments on the farm, and through the battles with the farmers. But soon enough, tyranny begins and the original rules started altering. Were the animals smart by following such good leaders? Should they have tried to speak against them at times? They handled the problem with Mr. Jones abusing them, now can they handle problems amongst themselves? Animal Farm is finely written and I was very impressed by the way George Orwell told the story. There is always something happening and I didn't come across any parts of the story that were dull. I loved how the story had little events and big events that all, one way or another, contributed to the overall conclusion of the story. Animal Farm is a fun, rebellious, read that I would recommend to anyone. It makes you wonder what your animals and pets are really thinking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2010
In the novel, "Animal Farm," a group of animals in a farm, were supposed to be led by pigs and boars to ultimate freedom, but were instead led to an ultimate doom. The two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, take the lead in the novel at first, but Napoleon had a lust for power. Snowball was quickly lead out by Napoleon, making him the ruler of newly named, "Animal Farm." There also the battles with the humans attempting to take back the farm. In many of these battles, humans and animals were injured. All the animals still continued to fight for the hope of a successful Rebellion. Then, a windmill was built on a hill in the farm, but this is a problem for the poor animals having to tug it all up the hill. It is then destroyed by the humans in battle. Napoleon at some time realizes that the Rebellion is not all that and it is dissolved.
One of the very most important things in "Animal Farm" was when old Major gave his speech that changed all the animals in the farm. Old Major was an old boar that told that most of the animals in the farm would either be slaughtered or taken away. He told the hens that their eggs would be taken away, and that they could be killed for meat. Old Major told the cows that they would be taken for their milk or end up being slaughtered for meat. He told the horses that their hooves are used for glue and they too would be slaughtered. Then Old Major announced to the animals the song "The Beasts of England." "The Beasts of England" was a song telling the animals to form a Rebellion against the humans and in doing this, the Rebellion stirred the whole farm, and other ones near it.
The second most important thing in the novel was, in my opinion, was the construction of the windmill. The windmill that was built on the farm was a big symbol of manipulation in society. The pigs (who were known as the leaders of the farm) manipulated the animals to think that they need a windmill to benefit themselves and the farm, when in reality, it just means more money for the pigs of the farm. They also manipulate the horse, Boxer, to the point where he cannot stop working and he gets hurt. Boxer believed everything he was hearing about the Rebellion, which was something impossible to accomplish. The pigs take control of the farm because they were known as being the smartest out of all the animals in that farm. The pigs Napoleon and Snowball were both the major leaders of the farm until Napoleon took ultimate control. The manipulation that went on is a great example of the Soviets after the Russian Revolution.
The novel "Animal Farm" is a very different book to read and for people just wishing for something out-of-the-ordinary. There are many symbols in the novel surrounding major points in history. One of the most used historical points was involved with the Soviet Union and the Russian Revolution. The novel delivers many important parts in history that should never be repeated.
Posted September 18, 2010
this book is funney and ridicules by what the pigs can do i recomend this book to anybody that loves reading. also to those students out there even if you dnt want to read the book you will.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2010
One night the animals were all gathered in the big barn for a meeting held by the oldest boar on the farm. He was known as Old Major. He speaks to the animals about his dream of living without human beings being in charge of the farm. Here's when the thought of animals running a farm came about. A few nights later, Major passed away, now it was up to the animals to live out his dream.
Mr. Jones tried to get his farm back but they battled him once more. There were three pigs on the farm. The three pigs were Napoleon, Snowball, and Squealer. Napoleon and Snowball were in a race to see who has the ability to lead the farm. Napoleon seen Snowball as a threat so he had the dogs he trained to run Snowball off of the farm. Napoleon was now the pig in charge.
However, before Snowball was attacked and ran off the farm, he proposed a plan to build an electricity-generating windmill. Napoleon declined the plan. Then, he quickly changed his mind and the workers began to work hard on building the windmill. One morning the windmill was destroyed after a storm and all the blame was put on Snowball. In reality, the walls were too thin.
Furthermore, Napoleon started acting like a human. He drinks, sleeps, and have relations with other farmers. Later, a battle went on and Boxer, the cart-horse, was injured. Napoleon sold Boxer for money to purchase whiskey. Meanwhile, the others think that Boxer has died due to being badly wounded from the battle.
Overall, this is a good book for younger teens. I wish I could've purchased the book instead of reading it online because there were minor errors that slightly threw me off. Some people can relate to this book's events. The context of this book is based on the Russian Revolution and the leader, Joseph Stalin.
Posted July 6, 2010
I've never been on a farm, but novelist George Orwell made me feel as if I have been there on the farm. The story of how the animals took over the farm and forced the humans to leave to me was brilliant. Napoleon had so much power over the other animals.
Napoleon was the main reason I liked this novel, because his voice was so demanding and vocal. Not only does he make me see things in his point of view but he makes me want to also have power. There's a lot more going on in this novel and Napoleon had something to do with it.
Napoleon had an arch enemy in this novel named Snowball. Very few people had a problem with Snowball because he was so nice. Snowball was also a so called leader in this novel. That's why Napoleon didn't like him.
For a while on the farm things were going good, Napoleon and snowball stayed out of each others way and all the animals were getting along. Until the day the farmers returned to the farm to try and get the farm back. After the animals defeated the humans they started to argue and fight.
A while after the big fight Napoleon called a big meeting for all the animals. He asked all the people that ever doubted him to step forward then he killed them, with no type of regrets or anything.
The larger theme of the novel is about the animals taking over the farm. Another large theme is Napoleon and Snowball not getting along during the story. But the animals keeping humans off the farm played a bigger role in the novel.
Even though this book is pretty much fiction, it has real life type of conflicts in it. For example Napoleon and the way he is a very strong and demanding character.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it kept me interested the whole time. As soon as I begin to read it was like I was in a movie theater. I recommend this book to a lot of people that like to read funny novels.
While reading this book I learned a lot of life lessons. For example hard work always turns into your goal. The animals work hard too keep Mr.Jones off the farm and it happened. All the hard work from the animals paid off.
Posted June 26, 2010
Animal farm is a book that has captured many readers' attentions. It deals with the problem of corruption, trust, and the bureaucracy of government. However, it is also an entertaining novel that, at times, has had me ponder about our government, happiness, and virtues. In this review, I will be discussing the principles of corruption and how they came about in the book, how the "government" of animal farm has handled certain situations, and a few mottos in the book, and how they applied.
My first topic is the principles of corruption in the book, and how they applied. Many people know it, see it, and learn it. But, only a terrible few live it. It starts with someone gaining more power than they can use appropriately. Then, it spreads with greed. After that, the situation is so bad; you can't stop it from building on its self. All of this has applied to Animal farm. However, it starts with being competitive. Snowball is more intelligent than Napoleon, but Napoleon is much more persuasive than his rival. And since he has this trait, he can gain over half of the majority of animals easier. During the election, Napoleon, in a sort of way, assassinates Snowball by commanding his dogs to drive him off the farm. That is where he hits the point of no return.
In the book I read, they had a sort of government like community. They had one species of animal (the pigs) become the leaders and natural businessmen, and all of the other animals as the middle and lower class of the farm. This can relate to our world in many different ways. Currently, most of our government is democratic. This would represent the pigs. The middle and lower classes would be the "average Joe" of our work force.
My last topic will be the mottos that applied and appeared in the book. The most famous and well known motto is "four legs good, two legs bad". However, it is later changed to "four legs good, two legs better". In our own society, it is "two legs good, four legs bad". This is because the behavior of using your arms and legs to walk represents a very primitive and childish figure. And the "two legs good" part of it, resemble our current community. One of my favorite quotes from the book is from Squealer the pig. He says "A wing is considered a leg, because it does not have appendages like the humans do to do there mischief. Your wings are simply used to move around."
Posted January 30, 2010
Power, especially absolute power is a compelling thing. It allows us to control people in a way that strengthens our position and weakens theirs. Ultimately, the desires of a ruler will outweigh the needs of the many, causing inequality and injustice for all. This situation exists in communist countries that seek to control and manipulate every aspect of the lives of their people. That is why democracy is critical. Our leaders must be held accountable for their actions, for even the best men will abuse it. Charles Caleb Cotton, a British author in the 1800's said, "No man is wise enough, or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power".
The theme of absolute power and how greed can lead to corruption is seen in the novel "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. This story takes place at Manor Farm, a small farm in England owned by Mr. Jones, a frequently drunk and cruel farmer. When the animals decide to band together to run Mr. Jones and his men off the farm, they expect their lives to be perfect. No longer will they live without rights, ruled by an owner who takes their milk and eggs and forgets to feed them. On the contrary, they learn that power in the hands of anyone who does not have their best interests in mind is dangerous.
This book slightly mirrors the injustices that took place in communist Russia where the poor worked only to better the lives of the rich. Similarly, when a dominant pig named Napoleon has a rival pig removed from the farm, there is no one left to fight for the rights of the other animals. Napoleon is free to become a Stalin-like dictator, running the farm in a way that increases his wealth while taking away from the "working class" animals that have put their trust in him. The changes occur slowly like a snake staking its prey. Hence, many of the animals barely notice that their food rations are smaller and work days are longer. Others follow blindly, accepting that the pigs need more food and comfort to effectively run the farm.
As the pigs take on more human-like traits, the difference between them and the humans they once despised seems to disappear. For instance, they live in the house, walk on their hind legs, converse and trade with the other farmers and work the remaining animals to their death. The reader senses that "Power" has become the protagonist of the story. It drives the plot and affects every character in the story. It is the story. Without it, the lives of the animals would most certainly have improved after the rebellion. The farm animals had organized themselves into an effective group, created rules that provided equality for all and made use of each animal's best qualities. But the temptation to use their power and intellect to undermine the weak proved to be too strong for the pigs. Thus, the working animals face a life not unlike the one they had with Mr. Jones. Their dream of a utopian world has fallen apart and their loyalty to a corrupt leader ensures that it will never return.
Posted January 26, 2010
Animal Farm is a book that everyone should pick up and read. So much is learned from this tale that sounds silly at first. Farm animals taking over? Anyone would pick it up, laugh, and set it back down, but this story teaches valuable life lessons. How we as the people have to choose wisely who is to run our country or the consequences could be fatal. The animals on this farm are tired of being abused by their human owner, and that's when they decided to rebel. All goes well and all the animals are treated fairly but the pigs decided that they are smartest and decided to be head of the farm. Still all goes well at first. All the animals have jobs, and they are all fed enough food. But what happens when the pigs no longer treat every animal as equals including themselves? What happens when the being in power starts to abuse that power? Napoleon is a perfect example of how power can corrupt a person or in this case animal completely. Napoleon represent what power can do to anyone, and how you must be careful in choosing who you trust and how much power you leave anyone with. The animals started commandments that they all must follow, however they went on noticing that they began slightly changing without anyone being aware of it. Napoleon brought in his own personal "body guards" and ran the other leader off the farm leaving himself in complete power. From then on everything truly went downhill. Napoleon did a complete 180 on everything he once fought for. The ending will leave you wondering about what Orwell meant to put across with this book and it will soon become obvious. I was required to read this book for a course I'm taking and I'm happy that I did read it. It was interesting beyond belief and I truly couldn't put it down for long. This book makes you question life as you've known it and all the previous leaders you've had. You soon begin to compare it to all types of societies and forms of government. You will compare the farm animals to real-life groups and political people. This is a perfect choice of book which is highly recommended by myself and a number of people that I know. I now understand why this book is so well known and is so often read as a requirement in schools.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.