Animal Farm is a classic. It is hard to believe that when the book was written, George could not find a publisher. Now his book is on most High schools reading lists. This is not only due to the time the novel was written – during the ‘conflict’ between the US and Germany but also Animal Farm took a blow at the Soviet Union leader. Of course, this topic area is also what attracted schools to make it a staple in their curriculum. Enough of the history lesson let us get into the meat of the novel.
I will not go in-depth concerning the story of the book.
Old Manor Farm, later renamed ‘Animal Farm’ is the home of Mr. Jones his men and some farm animals. Old Major, a prize-winning board, shares his dreams with the other animals. He is convinced that man is the cause of all their suffering and even though they raise animals, men have no actual care for them only for themselves.
Old Major prepares a revolution but dies in a few days. The task of readying the plans and animals for the revolution was left up to three pigs, who were smarter than the other animals and even taught themselves to read. They successfully ran Mr. Jones and his men off the farm. The pigs then assumed or resumed leadership and created the concept of Animalism, which followed seven commandments.
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.
How long will this ‘fair’ society last? Will Mr. Jones regain control of the farm? Will the three pigs rule together? Get the book to find out!