Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Animal Farm - A Summary

Animal Farm
by George Orwell
published 1946

The animals at Manor Farm, after having not been fed by Farmer Jones for two days, rebel and expel him from the farm, which they rename Animal Farm. The pigs begin teaching the 7 Commandments of Animalism, which they learned from the old pig Major before his death. At first, all of the animals worked together, bringing in the harvest even better than had been done with the humans were in charge, and even defeating Jones and his men when they attempted to take back the farm. Then Napoleon, with his guard of dogs, took over control from Snowball, and decided to build a windmill to provide electricity to the farm to make life easier for all of the animals. As the animals worked harder and sacrificed more, small changes were made to the original commandments, but it was hard to prove as non of the other animals were literate. As time went on, the pigs became more and more like the humans had been, and nobody remembered the reason for the rebellion or how life had really been before.

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