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Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945.BOOK, Bynum, Helen, Oxford University Press, 2012, 9780199542055, Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis,weblink xiii, NEWS,weblink 12 Things You May Not Know About Animal Farm, Metro, 17 August 2015, 16 August 2018, According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.WEB,weblink GCSE English Literature – Animal Farm – historical context (pt 1/3), BBC, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120103211528weblink">weblink 3 January 2012, dmy-all, Orwell, a democratic socialist,Orwell, George. "Why I Write" (1936) (The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Volume 1 – An Age Like This 1945–1950 p. 23 (Penguin)) was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism, an attitude that was critically shaped by his experiences during the Spanish Civil War.Gordon Bowker, Orwell p. 224 ; Orwell, writing in his review of Franz Borkenau's The Spanish Cockpit in Time and Tide, 31 July 1937, and "Spilling the Spanish Beans", New English Weekly, 29 July 1937 The Soviet Union, he believed, had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin (""),{{sfn|Davison|2000|p=}} and in his essay "Why I Write" (1946), wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, "to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole".The original title was Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, but U.S. publishers dropped the subtitle when it was published in 1946, and only one of the translations during Orwell's lifetime kept it. Other titular variations include subtitles like "A Satire" and "A Contemporary Satire".{{sfn|Davison|2000|p=}} Orwell suggested the title ' for the French translation, which abbreviates to URSA, the Latin word for "bear", a symbol of Russia. It also played on the French name of the Soviet Union, '.{{sfn|Davison|2000|p=}}Orwell wrote the book between November 1943 and February 1944, when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union and the British people and intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem, a phenomenon Orwell hated.Bradbury, Malcolm, Introduction, p. vi, Animal Farm, Penguin edition, 1989 The manuscript was initially rejected by a number of British and American publishers,WEB,weblink Animal Farm: Sixty Years On, History Today, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20171108041135weblink">weblink 8 November 2017, dmy-all, including one of Orwell's own, Victor Gollancz, which delayed its publication. It became a great commercial success when it did appear partly because international relations were transformed as the wartime alliance gave way to the Cold War.Dickstein, Morris. Cambridge Companion to Orwell, p. 134Time magazine chose the book as one of the 100 best English-language novels (1923 to 2005);{{sfn|Grossman|Lacayo|2005|p=}} it also featured at number 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels. It won a Retrospective Hugo Award in 1996 and is included in the Great Books of the Western World selection.

Plot summary

Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he refers to humans as "enemies" and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called "Beasts of England".When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion. The animals revolt, driving the drunken, irresponsible farmer Mr. Jones, as well as Mrs. Jones and the other human caretakers and employees, off the farm, renaming it "Animal Farm". They adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, "All animals are equal". The decree is painted in large letters on one side of the barn.Snowball teaches the animals to read and write, while Napoleon educates young puppies on the principles of Animalism. Food is plentiful, and the farm runs smoothly. The pigs elevate themselves to positions of leadership and set aside special food items, ostensibly for their personal health.Some time later, several men attack Animal Farm. Jones and his men are making an attempt to recapture the farm, aided by several other farmers who are terrified of similar animal revolts. Snowball and the animals, who are hiding in ambush, defeat the men by launching a surprise attack as soon as they enter the farmyard. Snowball's popularity soars, and this event is proclaimed "The Battle of the Cowshed". It is celebrated annually with the firing of a gun, on the anniversary of the Revolution. Napoleon and Snowball vie for pre-eminence. When Snowball announces his plans to modernize the farm by building a windmill, Napoleon has his dogs chase Snowball away and declares himself leader.Napoleon enacts changes to the governance structure of the farm, replacing meetings with a committee of pigs who will run the farm. Through a young pig named Squealer, Napoleon claims credit for the windmill idea. The animals work harder with the promise of easier lives with the windmill. When the animals find the windmill collapsed after a violent storm, Napoleon and Squealer convince the animals that Snowball is trying to sabotage their project.Once Snowball becomes a scapegoat, Napoleon begins to purge the farm with his dogs, killing animals he accuses of consorting with his old rival. When some animals recall the Battle of the Cowshed, Napoleon (who was nowhere to be found during the battle) frequently smears Snowball as a collaborator of Farmer Jones', while falsely representing himself as the hero of the battle. "Beasts of England" is replaced with an anthem glorifying Napoleon, who appears to be adopting the lifestyle of a man. The animals remain convinced that they are better off than they were under Mr. Jones.Mr. Frederick, a neighbouring farmer, attacks the farm, using blasting powder to blow up the restored windmill. Although the animals win the battle, they do so at great cost, as many, including Boxer, the workhorse, are wounded.Despite his injuries, Boxer continues working harder and harder, until he collapses while working on the windmill. Napoleon sends for a van to purportedly take Boxer to a veterinary surgeon, explaining that better care can be given there. Benjamin, the cynical donkey who "could read as well as any pig",BOOK, Orwell, George, 1946, Animal Farm, London, Penguin Group, 21, notices that the van belongs to a knacker and attempts a futile rescue. Squealer quickly assures the animals that the van had been purchased from the knacker by an animal hospital, and the previous owner's signboard had not been repainted.In a subsequent report, Squealer reports sadly to the animals that Boxer died peacefully at the animal hospital. The pigs hold a festival one day after Boxer's death to further praise the glories of Animal Farm and have the animals work harder by taking on Boxer's ways.However, the truth was that Napoleon had engineered the sale of Boxer to the knacker, allowing Napoleon and his inner circle to acquire money to buy whisky for themselves. (In 1940s England, one way for farms to make money was to sell large animals to a knacker, who would kill the animal and boil its remains into animal glue.){{anchor|moreEqual}}Years pass, the windmill is rebuilt, and another windmill is constructed, which makes the farm a good amount of income. However, the ideals which Snowball discussed, including stalls with electric lighting, heating, and running water are forgotten, with Napoleon advocating that the happiest animals live simple lives. In addition to Boxer, many of the animals who participated in the Revolution are dead, as is Farmer Jones, who died in another part of England.The pigs start to resemble humans, as they walk upright, carry whips, and wear clothes. The Seven Commandments are abridged to a single phrase: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."Napoleon holds a dinner party for the pigs and local farmers, with whom he celebrates a new alliance. He abolishes the practice of the revolutionary traditions and restores the name "The Manor Farm". As the animals outside gaze at the scene and look from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again, they can no longer distinguish between the two.

Characters

Pigs

  • Old Major – An aged prize Middle White boar provides the inspiration that fuels the rebellion. He is an allegorical combination of Karl Marx, one of the creators of communism, and Vladimir Lenin, the communist leader of the Russian Revolution and the early Soviet nation, in that he draws up the principles of the revolution. His skull being put on revered public display recalls Lenin, whose embalmed body was put on display.
  • Napoleon – "A large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way".{{sfn|Orwell|1979|loc=chapter II|p=15}} An allegory of Joseph Stalin, Napoleon is the main villain of Animal Farm. In the first French version of Animal Farm, Napoleon is called ', the French form of Caesar,{{sfn|Davison|2000|p=}} although another translation has him as '.
  • Snowball – Napoleon's rival and original head of the farm after Jones' overthrow. He is mainly based on Leon Trotsky, but also combines elements from Lenin.
  • Squealer – A small, white, fat porker who serves as Napoleon's second-in-command and minister of propaganda, holding a position similar to that of Vyacheslav Molotov.
  • Minimus – A poetic pig who writes the second and third national anthems of Animal Farm after the singing of "Beasts of England" is banned.
  • The piglets – Hinted to be the children of Napoleon and are the first generation of animals subjugated to his idea of animal inequality.
  • The young pigs – Four pigs who complain about Napoleon's takeover of the farm but are quickly silenced and later executed, the first animals killed in Napoleon's farm purge. Based on the Great Purge of Grigori Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev, Nikolai Bukharin, and Alexei Rykov.
  • Pinkeye – A minor pig who is mentioned only once; he is the pig that tastes Napoleon's food to make sure it is not poisoned, in response to rumours about an assassination attempt on Napoleon.

Humans

  • Mr. Jones – A heavy drinker who is the original owner of Manor Farm, a farm in disrepair with farmhands who often loaf on the job. He is an allegory of Russian Tsar Nicholas II,WEB,weblink The Fall of Mister Jones and the Russian Revolution of 1917, Shmoop University, 13 May 2013, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131202221910weblink">weblink 2 December 2013, dmy-all, who abdicated following the February Revolution of 1917 and was murdered, along with the rest of his family, by the Bolsheviks on 17 July 1918. The animals revolt after Jones drinks so much he does not care for the animals.
  • Mr. Frederick – The tough owner of Pinchfield, a small but well-kept neighbouring farm, who briefly enters into an alliance with Napoleon.WEB,weblink SparkNotes " Literature Study Guides " Animal Farm " Chapter VIII, SparkNotes LLC, 13 May 2013, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130518124512weblink">weblink 18 May 2013, dmy-all, WEB,weblink The Scheming Frederick and how Hitler Broke the Non-Aggression Pact, Shmoop University, 13 May 2013, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131202221757weblink">weblink 2 December 2013, dmy-all, Meyers, Readers Guide to Orwell, p. 141BOOK, Bloom, Harold, Harold Bloom, 2009, Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations: Animal Farm – New Edition, 1st,weblink 13 May 2013, Infobase Publishing, 1604135824, no,weblink 22 November 2016, dmy-all, Animal Farm shares land boundaries with Pinchfield on one side and Foxwood on another, making Animal Farm a "buffer zone" between the two bickering farmers. The animals of Animal Farm are terrified of Frederick, as rumours abound of him abusing his animals and entertaining himself with cockfighting (a likely allegory for the human rights abuses of Adolf Hitler). Napoleon enters into an alliance with Frederick in order to sell surplus timber that Pilkington also sought, but is enraged to learn Frederick paid him in counterfeit money. Shortly after the swindling, Frederick and his men invade Animal Farm, killing many animals and detonating the windmill. The brief alliance and subsequent invasion may allude to the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact and Operation Barbarossa.
  • Mr. Pilkington – The easy-going but crafty and well-to-do owner of Foxwood, a large neighbouring farm overgrown with weeds. Unlike Frederick, Pilkington is wealthier and owns more land, but his farm is in need of care as opposed to Frederick's smaller but more efficiently-run farm. Although on bad terms with Frederick, Pilkington is also concerned about the animal revolution that deposed Jones, and worried that this could also happen to him.
  • Mr. Whymper – A man hired by Napoleon to act as the liaison between Animal Farm and human society. At first he is used to acquire necessities that cannot be produced on the farm, such as dog biscuits and paraffin wax, but later he procures luxuries like alcohol for the pigs.

Horses and donkeys

  • Boxer – A loyal, kind, dedicated, extremely strong, hard working, and respectable cart-horse, although quite naive and gullible. Boxer does a large share of the physical labour on the farm. He is shown to hold the belief that 'Napoleon is always right'. At one point, he had challenged Squealer's statement that Snowball was always against the welfare of the farm, earning him an attack from Napoleon's dogs. But Boxer's immense strength repels the attack, worrying the pigs that their authority can be challenged. Boxer has been compared to the Stakhanovite movement. He has been described as "faithful and strong";JOURNAL, 30047391, 17–19, Sutherland, T., Speaking My Mind: Orwell Farmed for Education, 95, 1, The English Journal, 2005, he believes any problem can be solved if he works harder.JOURNAL, 40176954, 11–63, Roper, D., Viewpoint 2: The Boxer Mentality, 9, 11, Change, 1977, 10.1080/00091383.1977.10569271, When Boxer is injured, Napoleon sells him to a local knacker to buy himself whisky, and Squealer gives a moving account falsifying Boxer's death.
  • Mollie – A self-centred, self-indulgent and vain young white mare who quickly leaves for another farm after the revolution, in a manner similar to those who left Russia after the fall of the Tsar. She is only once mentioned again.
  • Clover – A gentle, caring female horse, who shows concern especially for Boxer, who often pushes himself too hard. Clover can read all the letters of the alphabet, but cannot "put words together". She seems to catch on to the sly tricks and schemes set up by Napoleon and Squealer.
  • Benjamin – A donkey, one of the oldest, wisest animals on the farm, and one of the few who can read properly. He is sceptical, temperamental and cynical: his most frequent remark is, "Life will go on as it has always gone on—that is, badly." The academic Morris Dickstein has suggested there is "a touch of Orwell himself in this creature's timeless skepticism"Cambridge Companion to Orwell, p. 141 and indeed, friends called Orwell "Donkey George", "after his grumbling donkey Benjamin, in Animal Farm."The Lost Orwell, p. 236

Other animals

  • Muriel – A wise old goat who is friends with all of the animals on the farm. She, like Benjamin and Snowball, is one of the few animals on the farm who can read.
  • The puppies – Offspring of Jessie and Bluebell, they were taken away at birth by Napoleon and reared by him to be his security force.
  • Moses – The raven, "Mr Jones's especial pet, was a spy and a tale-bearer, but he was also a clever talker." Initially following Mrs Jones into exile, he reappears several years later and resumes his role of talking but not working. He regales Animal Farm's denizens with tales of a wondrous place beyond the clouds called "Sugarcandy Mountain, that happy country where we poor animals shall rest forever from our labours!" Orwell portrays established religion as "the black raven of priestcraft—promising pie in the sky when you die, and faithfully serving whoever happens to be in power." Napoleon brings the raven back (Ch. IX), as Stalin brought back the Russian Orthodox Church.
  • The sheep – They show limited understanding of Animalism and the political atmosphere of the farm; yet nonetheless they blindly support Napoleon's ideals with vocal jingles during his speeches and meetings with Snowball. Some commentatorsProfessor Robert Colls (Cultural History, De Montfort University) BBC In Our Time's episode on Animal Farm {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160929084512weblink|date=29 September 2016}} have compared the sheep to representations of state controlled press. Their constant bleating of "four legs good, two legs bad" was used as a device to drown out any opposition; analogous to simplistic headlines used in printed media of the age. Towards the latter section of the book, Squealer (the propagandist) trains the sheep to alter their slogan to "four legs good, two legs better", which they dutifully do, symbolizing the state manipulation of media.
  • The hens – The hens are promised at the start of the revolution that they will get to keep their eggs, which are stolen from them under Mr Jones. However their eggs are soon taken from them under the premise of buying goods from outside Animal Farm. The hens are among the first to rebel, albeit unsuccessfully, against Napoleon.
  • The cows – The cows are enticed into the revolution by promises that their milk will not be stolen, but can be used to raise their own calves. Their milk is then stolen by the pigs, who learn to milk them. The milk is stirred into the pigs' mash every day, while the other animals are denied such luxuries.
  • The cat – Never seen to carry out any work, the cat is absent for long periods and is forgiven; because her excuses are so convincing and she "purred so affectionately that it was impossible not to believe in her good intentions." She has no interest in the politics of the farm, and the only time she is recorded as having participated in an election, she is found to have actually "voted on both sides."

Composition and publication

Origin

George Orwell wrote the manuscript in 1943 and 1944 subsequent to his experiences during the Spanish Civil War, which he described in Homage to Catalonia (1938). In the preface of a 1947 Ukrainian edition of Animal Farm, he explained how escaping the communist purges in Spain taught him "how easily totalitarian propaganda can control the opinion of enlightened people in democratic countries". This motivated Orwell to expose and strongly condemn what he saw as the Stalinist corruption of the original socialist ideals.{{sfn|Orwell|1947|p=}}Immediately prior to writing the book, Orwell had quit the BBC. He was also upset about a booklet for propagandists the Ministry of Information had put out. The booklet included instructions on how to quell ideological fears of the Soviet Union, such as directions to claim that the Red Terror was a figment of Nazi imagination.Overy, Richard, Why the Allies Won, p. 297 {{ISBN|0-393-03925-0}}In the preface, Orwell also described the source of the idea of setting the book on a farm:{{sfn|Orwell|1947|p=}}

Efforts to find a publisher

Orwell initially encountered difficulty getting the manuscript published, largely due to fears that the book might upset the alliance between Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union. Four publishers refused; one had initially accepted the work but declined it after consulting the Ministry of Information.{{sfn|Dag|2004|p=}}Orwell 1976 page 25 La libertà di stampa Eventually, Secker and Warburg published the first edition in 1945.During the Second World War, it became clear to Orwell that anti-Soviet literature was not something which most major publishing houses would touch—including his regular publisher Gollancz. He also submitted the manuscript to Faber and Faber, where the poet T. S. Eliot (who was a director of the firm) rejected it; Eliot wrote back to Orwell praising the book's "good writing" and "fundamental integrity", but declared that they would only accept it for publication if they had some sympathy for the viewpoint "which I take to be generally Trotskyite". Eliot said he found the view "not convincing", and contended that the pigs were made out to be the best to run the farm; he posited that someone might argue "what was needed... was not more communism but more public-spirited pigs".NEWS,weblink T.S. Eliot and Animal Farm: Reasons for Rejection, Eliot, Valery, 6 January 1969, The Times, UK, 8 April 2009, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091015180725weblink">weblink 15 October 2009, dmy-all, Orwell let André Deutsch, who was working for Nicholson & Watson in 1944, read the typescript, and Deutsch was convinced that Nicholson & Watson would want to publish it; however, they did not, and "lectured Orwell on what they perceived to be errors in Animal Farm."Peter Davison, editorial note, Orwell, Collected Works, I Have Tried to Tell the Truth, p. 156 In his London Letter on 17 April 1944 for Partisan Review, Orwell wrote that it was "now next door to impossible to get anything overtly anti-Russian printed. Anti-Russian books do appear, but mostly from Catholic publishing firms and always from a religious or frankly reactionary angle."The publisher Jonathan Cape, who had initially accepted Animal Farm, subsequently rejected the book after an official at the British Ministry of Information warned him off—although the civil servant who it is assumed gave the order was later found to be a Soviet spy.{{sfn|Taylor|2003|p=337}} Writing to Leonard Moore, a partner in the literary agency of Christy & Moore, publisher Jonathan Cape explained that the decision had been taken on the advice of a senior official in the Ministry of Information. Such flagrant anti-Soviet bias was unacceptable, and the choice of pigs as the dominant class was thought to be especially offensive. It may reasonably be assumed that the 'important official' was a man named Peter Smollett, who was later unmasked as a Soviet agent.Orwell Subverted, Daniel J. Leab, Penn State Press, 2007 p. 3 Orwell was suspicious of Smollett/Smolka, and he would be one of the names Orwell included in his list of Crypto-Communists and Fellow-Travellers sent to the Information Research Department in 1949. Born Hans Peter Smolka in Vienna in 1912, he came to Britain in 1933 as an NKVD agent with the codename 'Abo',The Lost Orwell, p. 210; The Mitrokhin Archive, The KGB in Europe and the West, Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, p. 158 became a naturalised British subject in 1938, changed his name, and after the outbreak of World War II joined the Ministry of Information where he organised pro-Soviet propaganda, working with Kim Philby in 1943–45.Gordievsky, Oleg. KGB: The Inside Story, 1991, p. 325 Smollett's family have rejected the accusation that he was a spy. The publisher wrote to Orwell, saying:Frederic Warburg also faced pressures against publication, even from people in his own office and from his wife Pamela, who felt that it was not the moment for ingratitude towards Stalin and the heroic Red Army,George Orwell, A Personal Memoir, T. R. Fyvel, p. 139 which had played a major part in defeating Hitler. A Russian translation was printed in the paper Posev, and in giving permission for a Russian translation of Animal Farm, Orwell refused in advance all royalties. A translation in Ukrainian, which was produced in Germany, was confiscated in large part by the American wartime authorities and handed over to the Soviet repatriation commission.Struve, Gleb. Telling the Russians, written for the Russian journal New Russian Wind, reprinted in Remembering Orwell, pp.260–61In October 1945, Orwell wrote to Frederic Warburg expressing interest in pursuing the possibility that the political cartoonist David Low might illustrate Animal Farm. Low had written a letter saying that he had had "a good time with ANIMAL FARM—an excellent bit of satire—it would illustrate perfectly." Nothing came of this, and a trial issue produced by Secker & Warburg in 1956 illustrated by John Driver was abandoned, but the Folio Society published an edition in 1984 illustrated by Quentin Blake and an edition illustrated by the cartoonist Ralph Steadman was published by Secker & Warburg in 1995 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first edition of Animal Farm.Smothered Under Journalism, p. 123 & I Belong to the Left, pp. 313–14

Preface

Orwell originally wrote a preface complaining about British self-censorship and how the British people were suppressing criticism of the USSR, their World War II ally:Although the first edition allowed space for the preface, it was not included,{{sfn|Dag|2004|p=}} and as of June 2009 most editions of the book have not included it.Bailey83221 (Bailey83221 includes a preface and two cites: 26 August 1995 The Guardian p. 28; 26 August 1995 New Statesman & Society 8 (366): 11. {{ISSN|0954-2361}})Secker and Warburg published the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945 without an introduction. However, the publisher had provided space for a preface in the author's proof composited from the manuscript. For reasons unknown, no preface was supplied, and the page numbers had to be renumbered at the last minute.In 1972, Ian Angus found the original typescript titled "The Freedom of the Press", and Bernard Crick published it, together with his own introduction, in The Times Literary Supplement on 15 September 1972 as "How the essay came to be written". Orwell's essay criticised British self-censorship by the press, specifically the suppression of unflattering descriptions of Stalin and the Soviet government. The same essay also appeared in the Italian 1976 edition of Animal Farm with another introduction by Crick, claiming to be the first edition with the preface. Other publishers were still declining to publish it.{{Clarify|date=March 2010|reason=more details needed, were some actively refusing, unaware of the preface?}}

Critical response

Contemporary reviews of the work were not universally positive. Writing in the American New Republic magazine, George Soule expressed his disappointment in the book, writing that it "puzzled and saddened me. It seemed on the whole dull. The allegory turned out to be a creaking machine for saying in a clumsy way things that have been said better directly." Soule believed that the animals were not consistent enough with their real world inspirations, and said, "It seems to me that the failure of this book (commercially it is already assured of tremendous success) arises from the fact that the satire deals not with something the author has experienced, but rather with stereotyped ideas about a country which he probably does not know very well".WEB,weblink 1946 Review of George Orwell's 'Animal Farm', George Soule, The New Republic, no,weblink 14 January 2017, dmy-all, The Guardian on 24 August 1945 called Animal Farm "a delightfully humorous and caustic satire on the rule of the many by the few".NEWS,weblink Books of the day – Animal Farm, The Guardian, 24 August 1945, 17 July 2016, no,weblink 30 July 2016, dmy-all, Tosco Fyvel, writing in Tribune on the same day, called the book "a gentle satire on a certain State and on the illusions of an age which may already be behind us." Julian Symons responded, on 7 September, "Should we not expect, in Tribune at least, acknowledgement of the fact that it is a satire not at all gentle upon a particular State—Soviet Russia? It seems to me that a reviewer should have the courage to identify Napoleon with Stalin, and Snowball with Trotsky, and express an opinion favourable or unfavourable to the author, upon a political ground. In a hundred years time perhaps, Animal Farm may be simply a fairy story, today it is a political satire with a good deal of point."Animal Farm has been subject to much comment in the decades since these early remarks.Orwell, Collected Works, I Belong to the Left, p. 253

Analysis

Animalism

{{redirect|Seven Commandments|the Noahide code|Seven Laws of Noah}}The pigs Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer adapt Old Major's ideas into "a complete system of thought", which they formally name Animalism, an allegoric reference to Communism, not to be confused with the philosophy Animalism. Soon after, Napoleon and Squealer partake in activities associated with the humans (drinking alcohol, sleeping in beds, trading), which were explicitly prohibited by the Seven Commandments. Squealer is employed to alter the Seven Commandments to account for this humanisation, an allusion to the Soviet government's revising of history in order to exercise control of the people's beliefs about themselves and their society.File:Animal Farm artwork.jpg|thumb|Squealer sprawls at the foot of the end wall of the big barn where the Seven Commandments were written (ch. viii) – preliminary artwork for a 1950 strip cartoon by Norman PettNorman PettThe original commandments 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 animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.
These commandments are also distilled into the maxim "Four legs good, two legs bad!" which is primarily used by the sheep on the farm, often to disrupt discussions and disagreements between animals on the nature of Animalism.Later, Napoleon and his pigs secretly revise some commandments to clear themselves of accusations of law-breaking. The changed commandments are as follows, with the changes bolded:No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.Eventually, these are replaced with the maxims, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others", and "Four legs good, two legs better!" as the pigs become more human. This is an ironic twist to the original purpose of the Seven Commandments, which were supposed to keep order within Animal Farm by uniting the animals together against the humans and preventing animals from following the humans' evil habits. Through the revision of the commandments, Orwell demonstrates how simply political dogma can be turned into malleable propaganda.

Significance and allegory

File:Animalism flag.svg|thumb|left|The Horn and Hoof Flag described in the book appears to be based on the hammer and sicklehammer and sickleOrwell biographer Jeffrey Meyers has written, "virtually every detail has political significance in this allegory." Orwell himself wrote in 1946, "Of course I intended it primarily as a satire on the Russian revolution..[and] that kind of revolution (violent conspiratorial revolution, led by unconsciously power hungry people) can only lead to a change of masters [-] revolutions only effect a radical improvement when the masses are alert." In a preface for a 1947 Ukrainian edition, he stated, "... for the past ten years I have been convinced that the destruction of the Soviet myth was essential if we wanted a revival of the socialist movement. On my return from Spain [in 1937] I thought of exposing the Soviet myth in a story that could be easily understood by almost anyone and which could be easily translated into other languages."Crick, Bernard. Orwell, A Life, p. 450The revolt of the animals against Farmer Jones is Orwell's analogy with the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The Battle of the Cowshed has been said to represent the allied invasion of Soviet Russia in 1918, and the defeat of the White Russians in the Russian Civil War. The pigs' rise to pre-eminence mirrors the rise of a Stalinist bureaucracy in the USSR, just as Napoleon's emergence as the farm's sole leader reflects Stalin's emergence. The pigs' appropriation of milk and apples for their own use, "the turning point of the story" as Orwell termed it in a letter to Dwight Macdonald,Orwell, George. A Life in Letters, Penguin {{ISBN|978-0-141-19263-5}} p. 334 stands as an analogy for the crushing of the left-wing 1921 Kronstadt revolt against the Bolsheviks,Orwell, Letter to Dwight Macdonald, 5 December 1946, A Life in Letters, p.334 Penguin 2011 and the difficult efforts of the animals to build the windmill suggest the various Five Year Plans. The puppies controlled by Napoleon parallel the nurture of the secret police in the Stalinist structure, and the pigs' treatment of the other animals on the farm recalls the internal terror faced by the populace in the 1930s.Orwell Subverted, 6–7 Daniel Leab, Penn State Press 2007 In chapter seven, when the animals confess their nonexistent crimes and are killed, Orwell directly alludes to the purges, confessions and show trials of the late 1930s. These contributed to Orwell's conviction that the Bolshevik revolution had been corrupted and the Soviet system become rotten.Cambridge Companion to George Orwell, p. 135, CUP 2007Peter Edgerly Firchow and Peter Davison consider that the Battle of the Windmill represents the Great Patriotic War (World War II), especially the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Moscow. During the battle, Orwell first wrote, "All the animals, including Napoleon" took cover. Orwell had the publisher alter this to "All the animals except Napoleon" in recognition of Stalin's decision to remain in Moscow during the German advance.A Reader's Guide to George Orwell, Jeffrey Meyers, Thames & Hudson, p. 142 Orwell requested the change after he met Joseph Czapski in Paris in March 1945. Czapski, a survivor of the Katyn Massacre and an opponent of the Soviet regime, told Orwell, as Orwell wrote to Arthur Koestler, that it had been "the character [and] greatness of Stalin" that saved Russia from the German invasion.A Note on the Text, Peter Davison, Animal Farm, Penguin edition 1989, p. xxFile:15th Congress of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks).jpg|thumb|Front row (left to right): Rykov, Skrypnyk, and Stalin – 'When Snowball comes to the crucial points in his speeches he is drowned out by the sheep (Ch. V), just as in the party Congress in 1927 [above], at Stalin's instigation 'pleas for the opposition were drowned in the continual, hysterically intolerant uproar from the floor'.Isaac DeutscherIsaac DeutscherOther connections that writers have suggested illustrate Orwell's telescoping of Russian history from 1917 to 1943Jeffrey Meyers, A Readers Guide to George Orwell, p. 135. In the Preface to Animal Farm Orwell noted however, 'although various episodes are taken from the actual history of the Russian Revolution, they are dealt with schematically and their chronological order is changed.' include the wave of rebelliousness that ran through the countryside after the Rebellion, which stands for the abortive revolutions in Hungary and in Germany (Ch IV); the conflict between Napoleon and Snowball (Ch V), paralleling "the two rival and quasi-Messianic beliefs that seemed pitted against one another: Trotskyism, with its faith in the revolutionary vocation of the proletariat of the West; and Stalinism with its glorification of Russia's socialist destiny";Isaac Deutscher, quoted in Jeffrey Meyers, Readers Guide to George Orwell, p. 138 Napoleon's dealings with Whymper and the Willingdon markets (Ch VI), paralleling the Treaty of Rapallo; and Frederick's forged bank notes, paralleling the Hitler-Stalin pact of August 1939, after which Frederick attacks Animal Farm without warning and destroys the windmill.The book's close, with the pigs and men in a kind of rapprochement, reflected Orwell's view of the 1943 Teheran ConferencePreface to the Ukrainian edition of Animal Farm, reprinted in Orwell:Collected Works, It Is What I Think p. 89 that seemed to display the establishment of "the best possible relations between the USSR and the West"—but in reality were destined, as Orwell presciently predicted, to continue to unravel.Orwell Subverted, p. 7, Daniel J. Leab, Penn State Press 2007. The disagreement between the allies and the start of the Cold War is suggested when Napoleon and Pilkington, both suspicious, "played an ace of spades simultaneously".Jeffrey Meyers, A Reader's Guide to George Orwell p. 142Similarly, the music in the novel, starting with Beasts of England and the later anthems, parallels The Internationale and its adoption and repudiation by the Soviet authorities as the Anthem of the USSR in the 1920s and 1930s.In addition to the book's political symbolism, some critics have argued that Animal Farm can also be read as a more straightforward story about farm animals, reflecting Orwell's concern for the treatment of animals.Susan McHugh (2009). Animal farm’s lessons for literary (and) animal studies {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20180327084239weblink |date=27 March 2018 }}. Humanimalia: a journal of human/animal interface studies, 1(2009), 1.Jill Bough (2010). The mirror has two faces: Contradictory reflections of donkeys in Western literature from Lucius to Balthazar {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20180327084327weblink |date=27 March 2018 }}. Animals, 1(1), 56-68. Critics supporting such readings, beginning in the 1970s with Marxist scholar Raymond Williams and later including Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Helen Tiffin, cite Orwell's description of his inspiration for setting the story on a farm, in which he writes that, "from the animals’ point of view,"{{blockquote|"To them it is clear that the concept of a class struggle between humans was pure illusion, since whenever it was necessary to exploit animals, all humans united against them: the true struggle is between animals and humans."{{sfn|Orwell|1947|p=}}}}

Adaptations

Films

Animal Farm has been adapted to film twice. Both differ from the novel and have been accused of taking significant liberties, including sanitising some aspects.
  • Animal Farm (1954) is an animated feature in which Napoleon is apparently overthrown in a second revolution. In 1974, E. Howard Hunt revealed that he had been sent by the CIA's Psychological Warfare department to obtain the film rights from Orwell's widow, and the resulting 1954 animation was funded by the agency.WEB, Martin Chilton,weblink How the CIA brought Animal Farm to the screen, The Telegraph, 21 January 2016, 27 October 2016, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20161026174651weblink">weblink 26 October 2016, dmy-all,
  • Animal Farm (1999) is a TV live action version that shows Napoleon's regime collapsing in on itself, with the farm having new human owners, reflecting the collapse of Soviet communism.
In 2012, a HFR-3D version of Animal Farm, potentially directed by Andy Serkis, was announced.NEWS, Giardina, Carolyn, Andy Serkis to Direct Adaptation of 'Animal Farm', 19 October 2012, hollywoodreporter.com, The Hollywood Reporter,weblink 26 August 2013, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131113074010weblink">weblink 13 November 2013, dmy-all,

Radio dramatizations

A BBC radio version, produced by Rayner Heppenstall, was broadcast in January 1947. Orwell listened to the production at his home in Canonbury Square, London, with Hugh Gordon Porteous, amongst others. Orwell later wrote to Heppenstall that Porteous, "who had not read the book, grasped what was happening after a few minutes."BOOK, Davison, Peter (Editor), The Lost Orwell, 112, A further radio production, again using Orwell's own dramatisation of the book, was broadcast in January 2013 on BBC Radio 4. Tamsin Greig narrated, and the cast included Nicky Henson as Napoleon, Toby Jones as the propagandist Squealer, and Ralph Ineson as Boxer.WEB,weblink The Real George Orwell, Animal Farm, BBC Radio 4, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130127033407weblink">weblink 27 January 2013, dmy-all,

Stage productions

A theatrical version, with music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell, was staged at the National Theatre London on 25 April 1984, directed by Peter Hall. It toured nine cities in 1985.BOOK, Orwell, George, A Life in Letters, Penguin Books, 2011, 341, A solo version, adapted and performed by Guy Masterson, premièred at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh in January 1995 and has toured worldwide since.NEWS, Lancashire Telegraph, 25 January 2013,weblink One man Animal Farm Show On the Way to Darwen, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140106181013weblink">weblink 6 January 2014, dmy-all, WEB, Theatre Tours International,weblink Animal Farm, Archived copy, 2 February 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090630061940weblink">weblink 30 June 2009, dmy,

Comic strip

In 1950 Norman Pett and his writing partner Don Freeman were secretly hired by the British Foreign Office to adapt Animal Farm into a comic strip. This comic was not published in the U.K., but ran in Brazilian and Burmese newspapers.WEB,weblink Norman Pett, lambiek.net, 8 May 2018, no,weblink 17 December 2017, dmy-all,

In popular culture

Music

(Alphabetical by artist)
  • The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps' 2014 show was titled Animal Farm, based on the novel.WEB,weblink Phantom Regiment among nine drum corps to perform at DCI event at Baldwin, PG Publishing Co., Inc., 27 July 2014, 23 August 2014, Mrazik, Ken, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140728103025weblink">weblink 28 July 2014, dmy-all,
  • Canadian-based band Boxer the Horse takes its name from a character in the novel.WEB,weblink Q&A with Boxer the Horse, cbcmusic.com, 13 March 2012, 22 October 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160301002442weblink">weblink 1 March 2016, dmy-all,
  • Dead prez based a song on their album Let's Get Free (2000), called "Animal in Man", on the novella, putting emphasis on how the other animals should not trust the pigs during a revolution.WEB,weblink Lyrics &124; Dead Prez – Animal in Man, SongMeanings, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110831155951weblink">weblink 31 August 2011, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Dead Prez – Animal in Man Lyrics, Rap Genius, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111126060939weblink">weblink 26 November 2011, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Animal in Man Dead Prez, monsterpiggymonkeybubble.com, 11 July 2011, 4 January 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120425080127weblink">weblink 25 April 2012, dmy-all,
  • The lyrics of the song ″Arthur's Farm″ from the Half Man Half Biscuit album Back Again in the DHSS (1987) tell the story of Douglas Bader and Arthur Askey visiting Animal Farm. The song features the line "Four legs good, but no legs best" in apparent tribute to the two famous amputees.WEB,weblink "Arthur’s Farm" – Lyrics and Videos, Chris Rand, The Half Man Half Biscuit Lyrics Project, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140817081509weblink">weblink 17 August 2014, dmy-all,
  • The song, "The Nature of the Beast", by the American metalcore band, Ice Nine Kills, was inspired by Animal Farm.WEB,weblink Ice Nine Kills – Nature of the Beast, 4 February 2016, no,weblink 17 December 2015, dmy-all,
  • Pink Floyd's album Animals (1977) was partially inspired by Animal Farm.Schaffner, Nicholas (1991), Saucerful of Secrets (1 ed.), London : Sidgwick & Jackson, {{ISBN|0-283-06127-8}}, p. 199 It categorises people as pigs, dogs, or sheep.
  • R.E.M.'s song "Disturbance at the Heron House" is based on Animal Farm.{{clarify|date=September 2011}}33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day, Dorian Lynskey, HarperCollins, 2011, unpaginated
  • Radiohead's song "Optimistic" contains a lyric mentioning Animal Farm.WEB,weblink Radiohead – Optimistic, Genius, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131206190035weblink">weblink 6 December 2013, dmy-all,
  • The Clash used an image from the animated movie Animal Farm (1954) on their single "English Civil War".WEB,weblink New Wave Single Sleeve Gallery – 1, endlessgroove.com, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150924000458weblink">weblink 24 September 2015,

Television

(Alphabetical by program)
  • In The Daleks' Master Plan (1966), an episode of the long-running British science fiction show Doctor Who, a character references the modified seventh commandment of Animal Farm, saying: "Though we are all equal partners with the Daleks on this great conquest, some of us are more equal than others."WEB, Dennis, Spooner, from an idea by Terry Nation,weblink The Daleks Master Plan – Episode 11 – The Abandoned Planet, The Doctor Who Scripts Project, 22 January 1966, 30 March 2011, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110728074312weblink">weblink 28 July 2011, dmy-all,
  • In the tenth episode of (List of Johnny Bravo episodesSeason 2: 1999-2000|the second season) of Johnny Bravo, "Aunt Katie's Farm" (1999), Johnny, while dressed in a pig costume, yells, "Four feet good! Two feet bad!".WEB, TV.com,weblink Johnny Bravo: Man with The Golden Gut / Welcome Back, Bravo / Aunt Kate's Farm – Season 2, Episode 10, TV.com, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131028072242weblink">weblink 28 October 2013, dmy-all, WEB, eeggs.com,weblink Johnny Bravo Easter Egg – Animal Farm Reference, Eeggs.com, 16 April 2007, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111219024248weblink">weblink 19 December 2011, dmy-all,
  • The Lost episode "Exposé" (2007), in season three, involves flashbacks with Nikki and Paulo involving an argument with Kate about the handgun case. During this scene, Dr. Leslie Arzt yells at Kate: "The pigs are walking," a reference to Animal Farm where Napoleon and his generals begin to adapt human characteristics and change their oath from "Four legs good, two legs bad" to "Four legs good, two legs better."WEB,weblink LOST! Quoted Books (want more LOST? attend our LOST in the Library Program), Thelibrary.org, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111016185352weblink">weblink 16 October 2011, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Literary Allusions – LOST, Losttvfans.com, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120104060609weblink">weblink 4 January 2012, dmy-all,
  • The seventh episode (1998) of the second season of the HBO series Oz is titled "Animal Farm" in reference to the conniving and manipulation of the characters vying for control, similar to the characters of the novella.WEB, 24 August 1998, Episode 7 of Season 2 of HBO's OZ (1997–2003), Internet Movie Database,weblink 1 June 2011, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110907135006weblink">weblink 7 September 2011, dmy-all, WEB, TV.com,weblink OZ: Animal Farm – Season 2, Episode 7, TV.com, 19 July 2006, 4 January 2012, WEB,weblink HBO, hbo.com, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100201172253weblink">weblink 1 February 2010, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Animal Farm: Oz (TV Episode): Information from, Answers.com, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121110111443weblink">weblink 10 November 2012, dmy-all,
  • In the ninth episode of the (List of Sex and the City episodesSeason 4: 2001–2002|fourth season) of Sex and the City, "Sex and the Country" (2001), Carrie goes with her new boyfriend Aidan to his cottage, and informs her friends that it reminds her of Animal Farm, and would not be surprised to hear an outburst of "four legs good, two legs bad!"WEB,weblink Sex and the City Scripts, Sex and the City Scripts, 4 January 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110913181848weblink">weblink 13 September 2011, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Sex and the City Season 4 Episode 9 &124; Sex and the City Transcripts, Satctranscripts.com, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120114174613weblink">weblink 14 January 2012, dmy-all,
  • In the third episode of the first season of the X-Men animated series, "Enter Magneto" (1992), Beast is seen reading a copy of Animal Farm, is mocked by the prison guards for "reading a picture book", and is asked if he "sees any relatives in there" because they assume he is an illiterate animal.WEB,weblink Animated Ladyghosts: X-Men, S1, "Enter Magneto", Persephone Magazine, 9 June 2011, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111012093813weblink">weblink 12 October 2011, dmy-all, WEB, TV.com,weblink X-Men: Enter Magneto (1) – Season 1, Episode 3, TV.com, 4 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121106142631weblink">weblink 6 November 2012, dmy-all,

Video game

A video game adaptation of Animal Farm was announced in August 2017.WEB,weblink George Orwell's Animal Farm is becoming a video game, Frank, Allegra, 2017-09-06, Polygon, 2017-09-15, no,weblink 16 September 2017, dmy-all, Fully authorised by the estate of George Orwell,WEB,weblink George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' will soon be a video game, Engadget, en-US, 2017-09-15, no,weblink 16 September 2017, dmy-all, Animal Farm is created by an independent team formed specifically to deliver Orwell's vision in an interactive format.WEB,weblink Official Animal Farm game is an adventure-tycoon, Yin-Poole, Wesley, 2017-09-06, Eurogamer, en-UK, 2017-09-15, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20170913183509weblink">weblink 13 September 2017, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Animal Farm developer: "I wish more games made a statement", GamesIndustry.biz, en, 2017-09-15, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20170914122707weblink">weblink 14 September 2017, dmy-all,

Editions

  • weblink" title="archive.is/20121212075701weblink">LCCN 46006290 (hardcover, 1946, First American Edition)
  • {{ISBN|0-451-51679-6}} (paperback, 1956, Signet Classic)
  • {{ISBN|0-582-02173-1}} (paper text, 1989)
  • {{ISBN|0-15-107255-8}} (hardcover, 1990)
  • {{ISBN|0-582-06010-9}} (paper text, 1991)
  • {{ISBN|0-679-42039-8}} (hardcover, 1993)
  • {{ISBN|0-606-00102-6}} (prebound, 1996)
  • {{ISBN|0-15-100217-7}} (hardcover, 1996, Anniversary Edition)
  • {{ISBN|0-452-27750-7}} (paperback, 1996, Anniversary Edition)
  • {{ISBN|0-451-52634-1}} (mass market paperback, 1996, Anniversary Edition)
  • {{ISBN|0-582-53008-3}} (1996)
  • {{ISBN|1-56000-520-3}} (cloth text, 1998, Large Type Edition)
  • {{ISBN|0-7910-4774-1}} (hardcover, 1999)
  • {{ISBN|0-451-52536-1}} (paperback, 1999)
  • {{ISBN|0-7641-0819-0}} (paperback, 1999)
  • {{ISBN|0-8220-7009-X}} (e-book, 1999)
  • {{ISBN|0-7587-7843-0}} (hardcover, 2002)
  • {{ISBN|0-15-101026-9}} (hardcover, 2003, with Nineteen Eighty-Four)
  • {{ISBN|0-452-28424-4}} (paperback, 2003, Centennial Edition)
  • {{ISBN|0-8488-0120-2}} (hardcover)
  • {{ISBN|0-03-055434-9}} (hardcover) Animal Farm with Connections
  • {{ISBN|0-395-79677-6}} (hardcover) Animal Farm & Related Readings, 1997
  • {{ISBN|0-582-43447-5}} (hardcover, 2007)
  • {{ISBN|0-14-103349-5}} (paperback, 2007)
  • {{ISBN|978-0-141-03613-7}} (paperback, 2008)
  • {{ISBN|978-0-141-39305-6}} (paperback, 2013, puffin books edition)
  • {{ISBN|978-8-193-36962-3}} (paperback, 2017, Pirates Enhanced Edition, India)
On 17 July 2009, Amazon.com withdrew certain Amazon Kindle titles, including Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, from sale, refunded buyers, and remotely deleted items from purchasers' devices after discovering that the publisher lacked rights to publish the titles in question.NEWS, Pogue, David,weblink Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others, Pogue.blogs.nytimes.com, 17 July 2009, 24 October 2010, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110709143707weblink">weblink 9 July 2011, dmy-all, Notes and annotations for the books made by users on their devices were also deleted. After the move prompted outcry and comparisons to Nineteen Eighty-Four itself, Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener stated that the company is "[c]hanging our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers' devices in these circumstances."

See also

Books

Notes

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