Animal Farm

Animal Farm Based on viewing the movie Animal Farm and reading the novel of the same I have come to a base of centered agreements. I know that both of these stories differ dramatically in many ways and also the themes of each I believe are totally unlike one another. George Orwell wrote Animal Farm and I believe that this man purposes the same basic ideas as the movie as well as the novel even though he didnt write the screenplay for the movie. The main theme of the movie is highly more creative and more decisive. In the beginning the animals want nothing to do with humans nor do they try to be anything like them.

They keep this principle in mind throughout the book but with some minor cracks along the way somehow this world without humans seems to be unbearable. At the end the animals find that somehow after all that has happened they too have been baptized with some of the human characteristics and act more and more like them in ways. I believe that the theme of the movie is that no matter how hard you try to change someone whether it is yourself, a fellow companion, or a stranger they will always bear the characteristics they had in the beginning. The theme of the novel is a bit more pessimistic than the audiovisual film. In the book we have the same basic idea of the animals not wanting to be anything like these humans but in the end a part of them corrupts causing a chain reaction.

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I think the theme of the novel is if you are trying to change society or the environment around you or even someone else you should not forget about the rest of us and concentrate what is going to improve what you have control over. But also dont forget about what your opinions are and what you can do to help not only yourself but others too. I think both the film and the novel have the same basic idea that the author and screenwriter is trying to get across to the viewers and readers. I think the point they are trying to get others to think about is that corruption happens to everyone. Some people do crazy things because they let certain things go to their head without thinking of the cause and effect it will take on everyone that has to deal with them.

Power is the most brainwashing aspect of life. Someone with lots of power may do a good job at doing what they do but they do not have the absolute power to make everyone satisfied. In conclusion I believe these two different research projects have totally different themes but have one main idea that Orwell is trying to get the readers and viewers to see and decide for them selves.

Animal Farm

Animal Farm Social commentary is sometimes found at the heart of good art, whether that art form is literature or popular music. The novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and the rock album, Animals written and performed by Pink Floyd share the same characteristic of scathing social commentary. The artworks also share an animal metaphor that serves to cast a dark light on human social interactions and stratification functions. Conversely, the artworks individually attack the diametrically opposed, socio-economic systems of communism (by Orwell) and capitalism (by Roger Waters). The artworks are individually astounding, but when viewed in tandem, alludes to the idea that socio-economic systems are still evolving and in time the terms capitalism and communism will be thought as ineffective as feudalism.

The shared characteristics of social commentary and animal metaphor literally, are what make these particular artworks the amazing examples of their respective genres that they are. The animal metaphor tends to depict humans as being motivated by our animalistic desires, as well as the tendency among ourselves to be highly competitive and often, ruthless. In Animal Farm, Orwell puts the pigs as being the leaders, or the exploiters of the masses, depending on your point of view. Waters does the same in Animals, depicting the pigs as uncaring, self-involved, and overbearing masters of the masses. In both works, dogs are an enforcer-type, driven either by a sense of patriotism, honor, and pride, but also those misanthropes who relish in the power they have been given and enjoy abusing those weaker than themselves.

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The sheep are a shared characteristic of both works, depicting them as easily manipulated and led to the slaughter. The works diverge from one another in which philosophy they individually espouse. Orwells novel is an obvious attack against communism. The pig characters of the novel represent the political figures of the early days of the Soviet Union. Orwell goes on to depict the system of the so-called “class-less” society as an incredible failure, while time would ultimately prove his early analysis as being correct.

Any large-scale, highly organized society in all of human history has required social stratification, and Russia of the early twentieth century would prove to be no different. As with any society, those with power have been and still are tempted to abuse that power for their own individual ends, often at the expense of those that have granted them their power. Capitalism is not immune from this inherent flaw in social stratification either. Roger Waters, who wrote most of the music and all of the lyrics of Animals, viciously attacks capitalism and the illusion of equality. Within our own country, there are numerous occasions on which those with vast amounts of wealth and/or influence are given special treatment.

Celebrities, athletes, and business magnates are among a few that are capable of getting a slap on the wrist, or complete immunity for actions that would land a “nobody” in the nearest federal penitentiary faster than one could blink an eye. By and large, ours is not a society that practices equality, all the while saying that it does. Ours system is on level ground with communism for providing equality, especially when one views the international exploitation of resources and people by multi-national mega-conglomerates, the very embodiment of capitalism on a global scale. This is the ugly side of our system, and this is the full view that comes into focus when one experiences these artworks side by side, a stereoscopic view of the current, prominent socio-economic systems of this century. Neither provides for true equality, and they both exploit their masses, with essentially the same techniques of propaganda.

It seems that capitalism won the twentieth century, but one never knows which way the masses will change over time. This is the scathing social commentary that is sometimes found at the foundation of good art, that will stir in some the consideration of the systems and powers of the day, and of the past.

Animal Farm

Animal Farm
In his book Animal Farm, George Orwell wrote a satire about communism. It also dealt with the Russion Revolution of 1917. A satire is a literary work that makes fun of the stupidity or vices of individuals, groups, institutions, or society in general. The animals on Manor Farm developed Animalism. They came up with their own rules and regulations. Some of the animals in the story represent people from our past. Old Major, an old boar, represents both Carl Marx, the founder of Communism, and Nikoli Lenin, a philosopher of Communism. Napleon, a young boar, represents Joseph Stalin. Snowball, another young boar, represents Leon Trotsky.
Mr. Jones was the owner if Manor Farm. He was a drunken, incompetent man. Old major made an announcement to the other animals that he wanted to talk to them about a dream he had. He believed that man is bad and that animals are good. He talked how man takes what the animals produce such as eggs and milk. He sang a song called Beasts of England, in the song it described how the animals with take over and be free.
Several nights later Old Major died in his sleep. His ideas and teachings fell upon the pigs, who are smartest of all animals. Dominants among the pigs were two young boars named Napoleon and Snowball. They passed on ideas to the other animals, and gained disciples. The Rebellion came quicker than anybody expected it to. Out of being starved, the cows raided the feed bins. After seeing this, Mr. Jones, and some of his workers, went out there with whips. The cows could not take anymore, and chased them out. They had taken over Manor Farm. The pigs learned how to read, and they changed the name of Manor Farm to Animal Farm. They also came up with Seven Commandments of Animalism.


The animals worked hard and gave an endless effort. It was hard because the tools were made for man, and they could not stand on two legs for it would break one of the Seven Commandments. The pigs set aside the harness room as a headquarters for themselves. Here they would study blacksmithing, carpentering, and other arts. Snowball kept himself busy by forming animal committees, but many were failures. The reading and writing classes, however, were a great success. Some of the other animals were slightly literate, but many of them were not. The pigs were taking the apples and the cows’ milk. They would say that they had to have these things for themselves and it was necessary for their health. This was the beginning of their abusing of their power.

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The news of the animals taking over Manor Farm was spreading all across the country. Mr. Jones was complaining and trying to get people to listen. The other farmers felt sorry for him, but did not offer any help. Then one day Mr. Jones and his men came back to reclaim his farm. This had been expected, so the animals made preparations. The animals made their first attack, then a series of attacks. Only after five minutes of their invasion Mr. Jones and his men were forced to flee. The animals made a monument in honor of the Battle of the Cowshed.


Mollie, a mare, become very troublesome. She was late for work, and let a man stroke her nose and give her sugar. After being confronted by this, she ran away and was reported pulling a cart for a man. When winter came, the ground was hard and nothing could be done in the fields. It was decided that the pigs would decide all questions of farm policy. At meetings Snowball gave brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at canvassing support for himself. Snowball came up with an idea of a windmill, but Napoleon was against this. He thought it was a waste of time, and they should worry about getting food. They also talked about defense of the farm from Mr. Jones, and again they were disagreeing. Napoleon had dogs chase Snowball of the farm, and Napoleon called him a criminal. Later the animals were surprised to hear that Napoleon decided to build the windmill after all. He said he was the one who came up with the plans for the windmill, and that Snowball stole his ideas.
The animals worked like slaves all that year, but they were happy. Throughout the spring and summer, they worked a sixty-week hour week. Then in August Napoleon announced that would be work on Sunday afternoons now. The building of the windmill had some difficulties. They had plenty of cement and limestone, but they did not know how to break it up into usable pieces. They did find a way, but it was hard and slow. There was also a need for paraffin oil, nails, string, dog biscuits, and iron for the horse’s shoes. Napoleon said that they would start trading with other farms for needed supplies. A Mr. Whymper, a local solicitor, acted as the agent between Napoleon and the humans he traded with. Every Monday Mr. Whymper would visit the farm. The relation with the human beings was not the same anymore. Mr. Jones had left to live some where else in the country. The pigs decided to live in the farmhouse, instead of living in the sty. Not only did they use the house’s conveniences, they also slept in beds. The pigs had changed the fourth rule on the Seven Commandments saying it was okay to sleep in a bed without sheets. The animals found out that the windmill was destroyed and Napoleon said it was Snowball who did this.
It was a bitter winter and full of sleet and snow. The animals carried on as best as they could. The humans said that Snowball did not destroy the mill, but that the walls were thin. In January the food became low. The corn supply was reduced, and the potato ration would have to make up for it. Napoleon rarely came out of the farmhouse. One day, it was announced that the hens had to surrender their eggs. The chickens were against this, and raised an outcry, but this was futile. The chickens said this was murder. Napoleon said their rations were to be stopped. They finally gave up. Later it was found out that Snowball was secretly visiting the farm at night. The pigs said that Snowball was in cahoots with Mr. Jones. There were many animal executions after some of the animals confessed to crimes dealing with Snowball. The Beasts of England song was replaced and was not sung anymore.
The animals could not understand about the executions, because they thought it was against the Seven Commandments to kill. Throughout the year the animals worked harder than ever. They had to rebuild the windmill, and make it stronger. The animals were starting to be less content. They felt no better then when they had worked for Mr. Jones. Now Napoleon hardly ever appeared. He said he was to be called “Our Leader, Comrade Napoleon.” Also he was known as the Father of All Animals. There was a rumor that a farmer named Frederick was planning to attack the Animal Farm. When the attack came the men all had guns, and fired upon the animals. This forced the animals to retreat. Then the men started to knock down the windmill with explosives. They destroyed it and a cry of vengeance came from the animals. They charged but many were killed, and most were wounded. They finally chased the men out.
The animals started the rebuilding of the windmill. Life was hard. The winter was as cold as the last one, and the food supply was even shorter. Napoleon announced that they had more oats, more hay, more turnips, worked for shorter hours, and had better water than when they had in Jones’s day. The farm had a successful year, but they were short of money and needed supplies. In April, Animal Farm was proclaimed a Republic and it needed to elect a President. There was only one candidate, Napoleon, of course. It was said that Snowball was the leader of the humans. Later Boxer worked himself so hard he hurt himself, and some men in a van came to take him away. It was found out that he died in Willington.
Years and seasons went by, many of the animals that were on the farm had died and were forgotten, including Mr. Jones. There were new animals on the farm now. The farm was now more prosperous, and better organized. The windmill was used to grind corn rather than for electricity, this was to make a profit. The animals worked hard to build another windmill. The animals dared not to sing Animal Farm aloud. Then one day they saw a pig walking on its hind legs. This was supposedly against the Seven Commandments. Napoleon was seen carrying a whip in his trotter. It was said that “all animals are equal but some are more equal than others.” One evening, loud laughter and bursts of singing came from the farmhouse. The animals tiptoed up to the house, and looked into a window. There sat a half a dozen farmers, and half a dozen pigs. Napoleon was at the head of the table. They had been playing a game of cards, and drinking beer. They called the other animals on the farm “lower animals.” Then Napoleon renamed Animal Farm to Manor Farm. The “lower animals” looked from pig to man and man to pig, but could not tell the difference.

Animal Farm

Animal Farm
George Orwells Animal farm is a book about stuck up pigs who illuminates the range of human experience, from love to hate. There are seven commandments, these seven are broken and changed, this causes destruction and hate.

One night during Animal Farm Major the head pig ordered a meeting for all animals, this meeting was his last and had important things to say, laws and commandments, the seven were clear to not be broken like the major said. These commandments were, 1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. 2. Whatever goes upon four legs and has wings is a friend. 3. No animal shall wear cloths. 4. No animal shall sleep in a bed. 5. No animal shall drink alcohol. 6. No animal shall kill another animal. 7. All animals are equal.

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During the story the Majors rules were broken. The Major said I have more to say, I merely repeat remember always your duty enmity towards man and all his ways. The Major is saying that you have to remember the hatred the animals have for people, and only like animals.(pg21)
During a few months period the laws were changing, and they changed to 1
2 3 4. No animals shall sleep in bed with sheets. 5. No animals shall drink alcohol to excess. 6. No animal shall kill another animal without cause. 7. All animals are equal but more than others. The Major said No animal must ever tyrannize over his own kind, weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. The Major is saying dont go against each other, because their our own kind. (pg.21,22)
All the pigs were stuck up and snobby, but they werent hiding what they were doing. One day Muriel was reading off the seven commandments to herself, she said, The animals had remembered seven commandments wrong, no animals shall drink alcohol, but there were two words that they had added, that no animal shall drink alcohol to excess.(pg. 103)
The moral of the story is, to always follow the rules. You shouldnt change the rules, look what happened to the pigs.


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