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ANIMAL FARM 1. INTRODUCTION I saw the film of the book and it was quite fascinating, especially the historical and political background. So I thought that it would be very interesting to read the book that the film is based on, which is nearly always better. 2. SUMMARY The story takes place somewhere in England on Manor Farm. The story begins when Old Major, the oldest pig on the farm, calls all the animals together for a secret meeting. He tells them about his dream that animals should not live as slaves of the men, every animal should be free. Three days later, Old Major dies. So the other animals plan a revolution. Those are especially the three pigs Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer. Together they work out the theory of "Animalism". The animals start their revolution after Mr Jones, the farm owner, totally drunk, forgets to feed the animals. His men and he are kicked out of the farm. The farm is no longer called Manor Farm, but ANIMAL FARM. Then Major's most important guidelines are written down in the seven commandments: Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings is a friend. ...read more.

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(655 words) 3. ANALYSIS A) Characters Napoleon: He is a pig. In the beginning, he is one of the leaders of Animal Farm. He is often in disagreement with Snowball. Later, after he has thrown Snowball out of the farm, he takes total control over it with the help of the other pigs and the dogs. He becomes the dictator of the farm and the animals have to work for him. He changes very badly during the whole story. Snowball: He is, like Napoleon, a pig. He is also a leader of the farm. He is often in dispute with Napoleon. He wants only the best for the farm, but afterwards he is expulsed from the farm by Napoleon. Squealer: He is one of Napoleon's compatriots. He can turn black into white that means he is a good speaker. He convinces the others of Napoleon's good intentions. Major: The pig is the oldest animal on the farm. He is the first to have the idea of a revolution. Boxer: He is a strong horse and very loyal to Napoleon, but he is not very intelligent. He can only learn the Alphabet till D. However he works a lot and his motto is: I will work harder. ...read more.

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(63 words) 5. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE OF THE AUTHOR George Orwell was born in Bengal, India on 25 June 1903. His real name is Eric Arthur Blair. His father was an official in the Indian Civil Service and George Orwell returned with his mother and his two sisters to England. At the age of eight he went to St. Cyprian's, a prep school. He attended a scholarship in Eton between 1917 and 1921. In 1922 he joined the Indian Imperial Police and did not go to Oxford or Cambridge. He resigned from his post five years later, because he was unhappy about the way in which the British ruled the Indians. Then in 1927 he went to Paris. He wrote his first book "Down and Out in Paris and London" in 1933. When the Second World War broke out, he joined the Home Guard and worked for the BBC's Indian Service. From 1943 to 1945 he was the literary editor of the Tribune. Then in 1945 "Animal Farm" was published and became his first popular success. After that in 1948 his novel "1984" was published, which was another great success. He died of tuberculosis in 1950. (187 words) 7. Bibliographical details Author: George Orwell Title: Animal Farm Date of first publication: 17 August 1945 Edition: Penguin Classics Biography: http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/bio.htm Words: 1561 Alain Flammang 2e B 04.05.2007 1 ...read more.

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