Animal Farm

George Orwell

Major Characters

Old Major – Prize-winning boar who leads the Rebellion to create a socialist utopia. Napoleon – After the Rebellion, becomes the selfdeclared leader and rules as an evil dictator, by example of Joseph Stalin. Snowball – Conflicts with Napoleon over control of the Animal Farm after the Rebellion. Boxer – A bull who is an example of the hard, dedicated workers in the Soviet Union who just follow orders.

Plot Conflicts
 “Man”

vs. “Man” or “Man” vs. “Society”

The farm animals vs. Mr. Jones  Snowball vs. Napoleon  Common animals vs. the pigs  Animal Farm vs. the neighboring humans

Plot Summary
Farm animals revolt against their human masters. After the ‘Rebellion,’ they think it is the start of a better life. They dream of a world where all animals are equal and all property is shared. But soon the pigs take control and one of them, Napoleon, becomes the leader of all the animals. One by one the principles of the revolution are abandoned acts as their ‘Stalin.’ The farm eventually reaches a point where the animals have even less freedom than before.

Themes

The main theme of Animal Farm is the Socialist ideas of the Soviet Union • Napoleon becomes the self-declared leader of the Animal Farm and begins to introduce socialist ideas. • The pigs start to become the ‘ruling class’ just like in Soviet Society with the ruling class • Leaders started changing rules and using them for their own gain, corrupting the system • Orwell also uses the abuse of power in Socialist Society

Animal Farm Symbolism