Animal Farm Summary Essay

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Animal Farm
George Orwell

Old major, an old and wise boar, gathers all the animals in the Manor Farm, owned by Mr. Jones, to relate to them his dream. He tells them of his dream where no animals are being oppressed by the human beings and are able to manage their own lives. He tells them that ‘No animal in England is free. The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.’ And that all of that is because of Man. He further adds that ‘Man is the only real enemy [they] have.’ Because of that he urged everyone to act accordingly and help overthrow Man through a Rebellion. He also taught them the song ‘Beasts of England’ where his dreams were explained in the lyrics.

After three days, Old Major died but his principles were formulated into the philosophy of Animalism by two younger pigs – Snowball and Napoleon – who after his death assumed command. A revolution was stirred and the animals were able overthrow Mr. Jones. Squealer renamed Manor Farm into Animal Farm and formulated the Seven Commandments which were written on the walls of the barn. They are: 1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.

2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. 3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animals shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.
After Mr. Jones’ overthrowing, the Animal Farm was able to run smoothly – the food was abundant, and the animals were taught by Snowball to read and write. Snowball reduced the Seven Commandments into a single maxim: ‘Four legs good, two legs bad.’ since not all animals has the capability to memorize the Seven Commandments. The pigs assumed leadership and granted themselves special food, supposedly for their health. Napoleon takes the new-born puppies to educate them of the principles of Animalism. Mr. Jones still tried to retake his farm but the animals were able to defeat him in what they...
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