"Animal Farm"

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"Animal Farm" is a symbolical political satire in which animals take the

place of humans. These animals can talk and are just as intelligent as humans. They

learn to read and each type of animal a different aspect of humanity.

(Ex.: Pigs- Politicians; Horses- Laborers; Sheep- Gullible People; etc. )

This book shows how a government that is set up to serve the people turns against

them, just like communism did to the Russian people. Animalism symbolizes

communism and the characters symbolize Russian leaders and people of

importance. This is a tale with no happy ending.


The Pigs

They symbolize politicians in a stereotypical sense. Some of them lie, cheat,

and steal from the animals they are supposed to serve. They make promises

that are never kept. Propaganda is spread to the animals they are supposed to


Old Major

He is a pig who is very old.

He has seen the lifestyle the animals live and is

dissatisfied with it. He creates a government ideology called animalism which

represents communism. He is the Karl Marx of this world.


He is a large, fierce looking Berkshire boar, who is not much of a talker. He

uses animalism only to increase his power and the dogs to terrorize the other

animals. Napoleon symbolizes the dictator Joseph Stalin in this world.


He is a pig that fights with Napoleon over the power on the farm. He is a very

energetic, eloquent speaking, brilliant leader who organizes the defense of the

farm. Napoleons jealousness of him makes him try to kill Snowball. Snowball

flees the area and every misfortune in Animal Farm after that is blamed on

him. He represents Leon Trotsky in this story.


He is a short, fat, twinkle eyed pig who is...