Orwell, George. “Animal Farm.” New York: Penguin Books Ltd, 1989
Introduction and Summary:
Animal farm is an animal fable with a deliberate purpose. It is very realistic about society and its politics. There are a number of conflicts in Animal Farm: the animals versus Mr. Jones, Snowball versus Napoleon, the common animals versus the pigs, Animal Farm versus the neighbouring humans, but all of them are expressions of the underlying tension between the oppressors and oppressed classes and between the naive ideals and harsh realities of socialism. In the novel, the animals throw off their human oppressors and establish a state called Animal Farm; the pigs, being the most intelligent animals in the …show more content…
The only reason people in contemporary society would call their leader a pig is if they lead selfishly. It was a brilliant idea to use the pigs as the selfish, lazy and greedy leaders in Animal Farm to demonstrate leaders in a capitalist government.
The key characters in the book are Napoleon, Old Major, Snowball, Boxer and Squealer. Snowball appeals to me the most because Snowball emerges as a fervent ideologue who throws himself, heart and soul into the attempt to spread Animalism worldwide and to improve Animal Farm’s infrastructure. His idealism, however, leads to his downfall. Relying only on the force of his own logic and rhetorical skill to gain his influence, he proves no match for Napoleon’s show of brute force. Orwell describes Snowball as a pig very similar to Napoleon— at least in the early stages. Both pigs wanted a leadership position in the "new" economic and political system (which is actually contradictory to the whole supposed system of equality). But as time goes on, they both eventually realize that one of them will have to step down. Orwell says that the two were always arguing. "These two disagreed at every point disagreement was possible." Although Orwell depicts Snowball in a relatively appealing light, he refrains from idealizing his character, making sure to endow him with certain moral flaws. For example, Snowball