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Animal Farm by Mind Map: Animal Farm
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Animal Farm





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Key Themes, Symbols and Allegories





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.

Historical Context

Written in style of childrens novel, but heavy political influence within the narrative. Both children and adults can read it at different levels.

Mainly allegorizes the rise to power of the dictator Joseph Stalin and his corrupt and oppressive rule of Soviet Russia.

George Orwell was a democratic socialist - his critique within Animal Farm was not of the Marxist ideology underlying the Revolution but rather with the perversion of that ideology by later leaders, exemplified in Napoleon, who was based on Stalin.

The overthrow Farmer Jones by a democratic coalition of animals quickly gives way to the consolidation of power among the pigs who then establish themselves as the ruling class in the new society. This mirroring the Communist Party consolidating their rule over Russia and the division between Trotsky and Stalin and Stalin's ousting and murder of Trotsky.