Animal Farm By George Orwell

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For my first book report, I was assigned to read the book “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. I already had a general idea of what happens in the book, but I didn’t really know completely what it was about. I knew that the animals on the farm rebel against the farmer and the book demonstrated totalitarianism, but I didn’t know much more than that. Everyone I know that has read the book hates it, so I thought I wouldn’t like it either. I had never read any of George Orwell’s books before though, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
The book opens with Old Major, a prize-winning pig, holding a meeting with all of the animals. He talks about a dream he had, where all of the animals lived and worked together without any humans to bother them. Old Major wants them to all work toward achieving his dream, and convinces them that humans are the enemy. He teaches them a song called “Beasts of England”, which describes everything from his dream. Old Major passes away three days later. After his death, three pigs, Snowball, Squealer, and Napoleon create Animalism to help make Old Major’s dream a reality. Animalism was a philosophy that was inspired by what Old Major taught the animals, and it had seven commandments, “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. No animal shall wear clothes. No animal shall sleep in a bed. No animal shall drink alcohol. No animal shall kill any other animal. All animals are equal.” Late one night, the
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