Animal Farm

By: George Orwell

First Published:  August 1945
ISBN-10: 0451526341

#13 On The NPR Top 100 Science Fiction Fantasy Books List.

Animal Farm uses allegory to produce a political mockery that uncovers the evils of the Soviet system.



The novel takes place on a farm located somewhere in England. The central characters are barn animals that have the capability to reason and speak; pigs, horses, sheep, cows, hens, geese, donkeys, and dogs to name a few. Old Major, a well-respected Boar was the first animal from Manor Farm with idea of rebelling. In a speech to the other animals, he states that he dreamt that they would one day be free from “the tyranny of human beings”. By working together he insists they can overthrow humans and eventually live by their own principles, gaining the full benefits of their labor. Mr. Jones (the farmer) forgets to feed them one day and then whips them for trying to find food themselves. This is the last straw for the animals; they rebel and overtake the farm surprisingly easy.

    After the rebellion, Napoleon and Snowball, two prominent pigs, step forth as leaders and establish a kind of government that has seven commandments that all animals must follow. They call their new government animalism.

1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.

2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

3. No animal shall wear clothes.

4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.

5. No animal shall drink alcohol.

6. No animal shall kill any other animal.

7. All animals are equal.

At first the animal run farm appears to be successful. The pigs however soon start to become corrupt with power. They start placing themselves above all the other animals. Eventually this corrupt leadership destroys the farm and leaves the animals in worse shape than they were when the farm was owned by Mr. Jones.


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