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Reading report about Animal Farm by George Orwell, containing information on characters, style, theme and plot in the questions/answer format followed by a discursive essay: What is the main theme of the novel? How does the writer develop this? Do different characters represent different ideas? With which does the writer seem to sympathise most? Are similar situations found in the novel showing different aspects of the theme? Is there any use of symbolism or direct comment by the author?


[...] In the beginning of animal farm, the ideal of freedom is evoked, but it is just a moment of illusion during the revolutionary effort, that ultimately disappeared when the transition from one form of exploitation to another was successfully completed. Animal farm is really treating a very wide range of aspects of the Soviet totalitarian regime from its establishment to its consolidation, exposing the difficulties of implementing a utopian system and showing how its distorted version establishment revealed itself to be a total failure, in some aspects even worse than the previous status. [...]

[...] All the animals on Animal Farm (except the pigs) are exploited under Napoleon’s control as they were under Jones’s ownership. The general sentiment amongst the animal is of acceptance and apathy. Boxer, particularly, represents the acceptance of the system, and he is considered by the ruling class just as an useful object but not more. The opposing character, Benjamin representing a complete apathy is completely ignored by the pigs (as long as he is not considered a threat). The situation is not so far from the current human condition in any human society where the individual is forced (or gently demanded) to follow the trend without questioning it. [...]

[...] These includes Mr Jones (The Tsarist government, absolute and total power), Karl Marx (Major), Vladimir Lenin (Major), Leon Trotsky (Snowball), Joseph Stalin (Napoleon), Adolf Hitler (Frederick), the Allies (Pilkington), the Russian peasants (Boxer), the Russian elite (Mollie), and the Orthodox church (Moses). Furthermore, we can see that most of the events that take place in Animal farm can be directly associated with real events. The writer follows the chronological order in narrating these events. For example, Snowball’s and Napoleon’s power struggle is a direct allegorical representation of Trotsky’s and Stalin’s. Frederick’s trade agreement with Napoleon, and his subsequent breaking of the agreement, represents the Molotov- Ribbentrop non-aggression pact that and the following Battle of the Windmill represents World War II itself. [...]

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