By Geroge Orwell
Animal Farm is an example of an animal fable because the majority of the characters are animals, and the story teaches us a lesson
In Animal Farm, the hidden meaning is the animals are representing the humans, who are living in the Russian Revolution. And the animism is really communism.
In Animal Farm, the way the animals are acting like humans, they are exposing the human's habits, and vices, and stupidity.
Short Synopsis of Each Chapter
- Old Major gives a speech about the hard life of animals, and is convincing them that a rebellion must come soon.
- Old Major recalls a dream and relates it to them
- Major teaches the animals the song The Beasts of England, a song in which will be their revolutionary anthem
- The animals start to believe him and want to take action
- Major dies a few days later
- They begin to prepare for the Rebellion, with the system known as animalism
- They drive Mr. Jones and the Humans out of the farm.
- The animals re-name the farm to Animal Farm, and they make a list of 7 commandments that are needed.
- The animals pass through a happy time in which they work together, make a good harvest, have all the food they need.
- The animals realize that they cannot read the 7 commandments.
- Snowball sums it all up into one line "four legs good, two legs bad"
- It was agreed without any argument that the apples and milk were reserved for the pigs ONLY.
- News of the animal rebellion has begin to spread.
- Mr. Pilkington and Mr. Frederick attempted to retake animal farm by force.
- Snowball led the animals to fight of the farmers, this became known as the Battle of the Cowshed.
- Snowball is celebrated as Animal Hero, and the animals raised their flag up and sang "Beasts of England" a bunch of times.
- Snowball and Napoleon fight and argue over the policy, mostly about the windmill that Snowball designed.
- Napoleon calls nine dogs to chase Snowball of the farm.
- Napoleon cancels the planning meeting for good.
- Squealer convinces the other animals that Snowball was a criminal
- They end up building the windmill, and Squealer also says that Napoleon came up with the idea for the windmill, and Snowball just stole it.
- The animals work ten times harder, since they started building the windmill.
- Napoleon announces that they will be trading with the farms close by them, which violates some of the rules passed by the animals.
- The pigs move into the farmhouse, and is rumored that they are sleeping in the beds.
- The 4th commandment is changed to "no animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
- The windmill is knocked down during a storm, but Napoleon blames it on Snowball, and requires a death sentence for him.
- Rumors are spreading that Snowball is sneaking in at night and causing trouble.
- It is asserted that some of the animals are helping Snowball.
- Napoleon requires a full investigation, gathers a meeting, and invites the animals to confess if they have any confections with Snowball.
- The animals that do confess are ripped away by the dogs.
- The song "Beasts of England" is now banned.
- The 6th commandment is changed to, "no animal shall kill another animal without cause."
- It is whispered by the animals that Frederick is torturing the them.
- Frederick gives Napoleon fake money for the Timber that he bargained for.
- Frederick and a group of men destroy the windmill.
- The rations of food are reduced on the farm for everyone but the pigs.
- Boxer gets ill from working so hard, so Napoleon makes arrangement's for Boxer to go to a hospital in town.
- The truck that takes him belongs to a horse slaughterer.
- Squealer convinces the animals the truck belongs to a vet, but hasn't had a paint job yet.
- Years pass by, and the animal's lives become harder and harder.
- One day Napoleon comes from the house on two legs. The chant has somehowchanged to "four legs good, two legs better."
- All seven commandments are erased and replaced with one single rule: All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
- The pigs begin to reading newspapers, wearing clothes, and carrying whips on the farm.
- The pigs have a meeting with some of the humans and change the farm's name which was "animal farm", back to "Manor farm."
- The other farm animals look out the window, where the meeting is taking place, and cannot tell the difference between the pigs and the humans at all.
Characters and Who/What They Symbolize
- He represents Leon Trotsky who was exiled from Russia by his former partner Stalin. Which is like how Snowball gets driven off the farm by Napoleon.
- His name is like the historical Napoleon, who was the all-powerful Emperor of the French. Like the French Napoleon, the animal Napoleon seems to believe in the idea that with power comes corruption.
- Old Major represents Karl Marx, the German philosopher, that called the workers of the world to come together against the ruling classes.
- Like Boxer she is like the working class, and realizes they are getting tricked, but are too lazy to stop it.