Essay Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Animal Farm

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Animal Farm is a novel by George Orwell. It is an allegory in which animals play the roles of Russian revolutionists, and overthrow the human owners of the farm. Once the farm has been taken over by the animals, they are all equal at first, but class and status soon separates the different animal species. This story describes how a society’s ideologies can be manipulated by those in political power, to cause corruption by those in leadership.

The story begins with old major, a boar, who tells the animals of manor farm, his dream of freedom and life without humans. He makes a warning to them of a rebellion. Saying they should never accept any human leaders. Or allow humans to tyrannize over
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Napoleon - autocratic dictator.
Snowball- thoughtful fighter for what is right.
Squealer- manipulative spokesperson for Napoleon’s ideas.
Boxer- strong, dedicated and loyal horse.

The most interesting character I found was Squealer. My reasons being, he served Napoleon following everything he said. Whist using excuses and lies to justify Napoleon’s treacherous acts. This made him to be like an under-dog whose purpose was to corrupt, exploit and confuse the other animals on the farm.

The character I had the most sympathy for was Snowball. He tried to make a way for the animals to see that Napoleons views were wrong, but the animals were adamant to listen to the rumors and sabotages that he claimed they were doing on the farm.

One of the most major conflicts between two of the characters on the farm, was the struggle between Napoleon and Snowball having leadership over the farm. A pig versus pig battle. Eventually leading, to Napoleon getting his comrades to drive snowball out of the farm. His plan worked, which then assumed his power over animal farm.

The Style
The story is written in third person narrative. I feel the choice of narrative style is important, because it adds effect to the story to engage the reader.

I feel the writer uses description in a very effective way. An example of this is the way he describes Napoleon as a ‘reign of terror’, giving us a view on how Napoleon conducts

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