Boekverslag : George Orwell - Animal Farm
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1.1. Genre (novel ¡V novella ¡V collection of short stories)

Short story

1.2. Main Characters (name ¡V age ¡V profession)

Major: The pig that has introduced the principle of the animalism

Napoleon: A smart pig, that assumes the leadership after the rebellion

Snowball: The pig that was in charge during the revolution

1.3. Setting in Time

The story is about the Russian revolution, so I suppose that it can be situated in 1917, when the revolution started in Russia

1.4. Setting in Place

The story takes place at Manor Farm, which is changed in Animal Farm by the animals.

1.5. Social Setting


1.6. Summary

The farm animals who inhabit the Manor Farm are mistreated and abused by Farmer Jones. The animals rebel, expel Jones, and take over the farm, which they rename Animal Farm. Soon, however, the pigs (who represent the party bosses) begin to take special privileges for themselves, e.g. extra food. They enlist the farm's dogs as enforcers to put down any dissent, and they teach the sheep (rank and file) to speak the party line on demand. At first, this is, "Four legs good, two legs bad"- animals (four legs) are good, humans (exploiters) are bad.

As time passes, the Seven Commandments (Animal Farm's Constitution) undergoes subtle changes as the pigs rewrite it to suit their own agenda. When Boxer the horse (symbolizing blue-collar labor, the "workers,") becomes too old to work, the pigs sell him to the horse butcher, whom they tell the other animals is really the veterinarian. The pigs eventually learn to walk on two legs, thus imitating the animals' original exploiters, and they teach the sheep to bleat, "Four legs good, two legs better!" The Seven Commandments become one: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." The pigs rename Animal Farm the Manor Farm- its original name- and invite the neighboring human farmers, who symbolize the elite class against whom the animals revolted, to admire the results: "...the lower animals on Animal Farm did more work and received less food than any animals in the county." As the story ends, the pigs become indistinguishable from their human visitors.

2. STYLE (vocabulary/choice of words ¡V syntax ¡V imagery)

The choice of words is normal I think. I don¡¦t read so much English books, so I don¡¦t really know. The syntaxes seem also very normal.

There is talk about imagery by my opinion. The book is about the Russian communism, and some animals represent famous person.

Major: Lenin; Napoleon: Stalin; Snowball: Trotski


3.1. Explanation of the title

The title is animal farm, and the story is about a farm called Manor farm that gets conquered by the animals. And the farm gets called: ¡§Animal Farm¡¨ because there are only animals on that farm

3.2. Quotation from the Novel to illustrate the title (mention page)

Here the animals take over Manor Farm

Where Manor farm becomes animal farm

3.3. Motifs and Themes

The Russian communism

3.4. Vision on life (optimistic/pessimistic/satirical ¡K)


Motivation :

In this book the author mocks the Russian revolution by comparing it with a farm full of animals


4.1. Biography

George Orwell was born in 1903 in Motihari (India). The British author George Orwell, pen name for Eric Blair , achieved prominence in the late 1940's as the author of two brilliant satires attacking totalitarianism. Familiarity with the novels , documentaries , essays, and criticism he wrote during the 1930's and later established him as one of the most important and influential voices of the century. He died in 1950 in London (GB)

4.2. Bibliography

4.2.1. Primary Bibliography (at least 5 other novels with date of first edition)

4.2.2. Secondary Bibliography (All the sources consulted)


5.1. Character Analysis (only main characters)

Major: The pig that has introduced the principle of the animalism for the other animals. Compared to the communism he would be Lenin.

Napoleon: A smart pig, that assumes the leadership after the rebellion. He is a crafty and mean pig. He does things that are only in his advantage. He would be Stalin.

Snowball: The pig that was in charge during the revolution. He meant well with the animals, and was very enthusiastic about the animalism, but he got send away by Napoleon. He would be Trotski.

5.2. Point of view (auctorial ¡V personal ¡V I-protagonist ¡V I-witness)

auctorial point of view

5.3. Structure (note the main events)

The animals conquer the farm and call it animal farm

A couple of days later Jones attacks the farm

Napoleon seized the power when Snowball got a lot of animals behind him

The windmill got build

The windmill got destroyed by a storm and an attack of Jones

A fight started when the pigs entered into contracts with humans

Large landowners were invited

And the farm became Manor Farm again

5.4. Evaluation

George Orwell's Animal Farm is a short, easily readable story with valuable lessons about how political and governmental organizations often work. Orwell wrote it as a parable about the Russian Revolution, as an example of how a revolutionary government could be worse than its monarchist predecessor, but it also could apply to many political organizations, labor unions, and the like. The key lesson is that the organization's bosses often manipulate the organization for their own benefit, and end up being as bad, if not worse, than the real or imaginary evils from which they are protecting their followers.


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