“Let’s face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.”
About the Author
George Orwell is the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, a renowned English author, and journalist.
He was born in Motihari, Bihar, India, on June 25, 1903. His fictional works are generally related
to the genre of politics and journalism. The use of themes like social justice, language politics,
and democracy makes his work sensitive and revolutionary. His famous works include 1984 and
Animal Farm, etc. His multitasking skills include journalism, Reviewing, poetry, etc.
About the Novel
Animal Farm, anti-utopian satire by George Orwell, published in 1945. One of Orwell’s finest
works, it is a political fable based on the events of Russia’s Bolshevik revolution and the
betrayal of the cause by Joseph Stalin. The animal farm novel concerns a group of barnyard
animals who overthrow and chase off their exploitative human masters and set up an
egalitarian society of their own. Eventually, the animals’ intelligent and power-loving leaders,
the pigs, subvert the revolution. The Novel Animal Farm concludes by saying “all animals are
equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.
Playful and lighthearted
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● The only good human being is a dead one.
● Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.
● Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.
● Can you understand that liberty is worth more than just ribbons?
● If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want
● The distinguishing mark of a man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his
Major themes of Animal Farm
In the novel, each character plays the role of a political figure from the time of the Russian
Mr. Jones represents Czar Nicholas II
Pigs represent Bolshevik leaders
As per Orwell’s notions, the revolution in the farm begins with resistance as inequality and led
to a corrupt system. That is, the uneducated class shall lead to tyranny.
The language of the novel, in the form of slogans, music, etc. depicts the use of propaganda to
control people. Slogans like ‘Napoleon is always right’ or ‘four legs good, two legs bad’
highlights revolutionary fervor.