Book Report on George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Animal Farm is a book written by George Orwell – whose real name was Eric Blair – published in 1945. An all-knowing narrator in the third person tells the story of an animal revolution on a farm located somewhere in England. The plot is based on the Russian revolution and Stalin's use of power, and Orwell uses farm animals to portray both the people of power and the common people during this time. The main characters can be pointed out as the pigs Old Major, Napoleon, Snowball, and Squealer; the horses Boxer, Clover and Mollie; the goat Muriel; the raven Moses; the donkey Benjamin; the sheep; and the humans Mr. Jones, Mr. Pilkington , Mr. Frederick and Mr. Whymper. There is no clear central character in the novel, but the dictatorial …show more content…

The pigs milk them, and the animals eye the five pails of milk desirously. Napoleon tells them not to worry about the milk. Snowball leads them to the fields to begin harvesting. Napoleon stays behind, and when they return that evening, the milk has disappeared.
The animals spend a laborious summer harvesting in the fields. Every animal participates in the work, each according to his capacity. The resulting harvest exceeds any that the farm has ever known. Only Mollie and the cat avoid their duties. The strong Boxer does most of the heavy labor, adopting "I will work harder!" as a personal motto. The entire animal community reveres his dedication and strength. Every Sunday, the animals hold a flag-raising ceremony. The flag's green background represents the fields of England, and its white hoof and horn symbolize the animals. The Sunday morning rituals also include a democratic meeting, at which the animals debate and establish new policies for the collective good. At the meetings, Snowball and Napoleon always voice the strongest opinions, but their views are always opposite.
Snowball establishes a number of committees with various goals, such as cleaning the cows' tails and re-educating the rats and rabbits. Most of these committees fail to accomplish their aims, but the classes designed to teach the farm animals how to read and write have with some success. By the end of the summer, all of the animals achieve some degree of literacy. The pigs are the most