Animal Farm Essay, Research Paper
July 8, 2001
The title of the book I read is called “ Animal Farm” and was written by George Orwell. George Orwell was an english author and a social critc. Orwell served as a member of the Imperial police in Burma, and later fought in the Spanish Civil War. These experiences lead him to write the book “ Animal Farm, ” one of his most famous novels.
Some of the main characters in this book Mr. Jones who at the beginning of this book was head of the manor farm, which later became the animal farm. The animals of this book were more the main characters than anything else. Old Major, a white boar, died shortly after the story got started, but he was the inspiration of all the animals to take over the farm. The head of the operation to take over the farm were the pigs because they were the brains of it all. The names of the pigs were Napolean and Snowball, and a few baby pigs who were learning so eventually they could take over and be the brains of the operation. There were two cart-horses, Boxer and Clover, who were the ones who stayed loyal and did their part to pitch in and help to take the farm. Then there was Muriel, the white goat, and Benjamin, the donkey. Benjamin was the oldest animal on the farm with the worst temper, but still did his part to help out.
The plot of this book was for all the animals at the manor farm to take over the farm. Several nights a week the animals would have secret meetings after Mr. Jones was asleep, planning their rebellion. Finally the animals had enough, they decided they had been starved and mistreated for to long. One of the cows broke into the shed with her horn and all the animals began to help themselves into the bins. When Mr. Jones and his workers realized what was happening they grabbed their whips and started lashing out in all directions. Before anyone knew it the rebellion had started, the hungry animals had had enough. Jones and his men had suddenly found themselves being butted and kicked from all sides. The animals had won, they had taken over the farm. From that time on they worked very hard to keep up the farm and keep the humans out. Napolean and Snowball the brains of the operation never could seem to agree or compromise on anything. Snowball could say one thing and Napolean would want the exact opposite or vice versa. The pigs got books and learned to read and to write and soon started to try to teach the other animals. After the rebellion the pigs reduced the principles of animalism to seven commandments which were inscribed on the wall. Among the animals were some pigeons who were the animals outside source of information. One day the pigeons informed the animals that Mr. Jones was on his way to try to regain control of his farm and the animals who were already prepared got in their places. When Mr. Jones came to try to take over the farm, the animals rebelled against him and Mr. Jones had lost again. After Jones was gone the animals proceeded to work very hard on the farm. Some of the female dogs on the farm gave birth to some baby pups. Napolean took these dogs and none of the animals were sure what happened to them, until one day when in front of the animals Snowball and Napolean were arguing about whether a windmill should be built or not. Napolean opposed and Snowball wanted it, most of the animals sided with Snowball which angered Napolean so he made this horrible sound and out of no where came the dogs Napolean had raised. The dogs chased Snowball out of the yard and he was ordered never to return to the farm again. Later on after Snowball was forgotten about Napolean held a meeting saying there was going to be a windmill built, this confused the animals because they remembered Napolean being against this. Squealer, one of the baby pigs who was now grown, convinced the animals that Napolean wanted it all along the animals just remembered wrong. To make along story short the windmill took 2 years to build, and after it was built the humans came to take over the farm and destroyed what they had worked so hard for. The animals were able to regain control of the farm, so the first thing they did was work to rebuild the windmill. After the windmill was built the pigs had become friends with the humans one night while the animals were having a meeting in the farm. They heard a noise in the house and went to see what was going on and that is when they realized the pigs were friends with the humans. After they had watched was going on for a moment they started to walk away, then they heard arguing and went back to see what was going on. When they reached the window and saw everyone fighting the animals could no longer tell who were the pigs and who were the humans.
The authors style of this novel was satire because when he wrote this novel he was saying what modern day society was going to be like. He was comparing modern day society to the animals. The conflict of this novel was Man vs. Nature because the main plot of this story was for the animals to take over the farm. The message that he was trying to get across in this story was that most humans are more followers rather than leaders. For example all Napolean had to do was get up in front of the animals and make a speech about why something needs to be done and the animals would listen. Napolean never had to do anything and he was more a coward than a leader, but because he could make good and convincing speeches in front of the animals they followed what he said. At the end of the story when the animals could not tell who was human and who was pig, the author was trying to say that most humans are followers because he is comparing the animals to modern day society and at the beginning of the book all animals were equal and that was the purpose of trying to take over the farm because the humans always acted as if they were better. When by the end of the story the pigs ended up acting exactly like what they started off being against.
I personally like this novel because it was very inspiring. It showed me that if you want something bad enough you will work for it. It also showed that it is better to be a leader more than a follower and to make your own decisions and to be your own person. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else and hope that they get out of it what I got out of it.