“Animal Farm” by George Orwell

Daniel Roden 8.A
English Book Report
Matura 2012
“Animal Farm”
by George Orwell
One night all the animals of a small farm, called Manor Farm, in
England meet in the big bar nto listen tot he words of Old Major,
a boar. He had a dream, in which all the animals are living a life
without oppression and do not have to work for the drunk
farmer. According to his dream he wants the animals to start a
rebellion. Soon after his speech Old Major dies and the other
pigs Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer, which are supposed to be
the most intelligent animals, work on a political system called
Three months later the animals start the rebellion and chase the farmer and his co-workers
away. They change the name of Manor Farm into Animal Farm and write down the seven
rules of animalism:
Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
No animal shall wear clothes.
No animal shall sleep in a bed.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
All animals are equal.
In the next days the work on the farm is quite hard because the animals have to do everything
on their own but they are happy working for themselves instead of working for farmer Jones.
The crops are shared equally but the pigs require the apples and the milk because they „need“
it for their health and because they are the leaders.
In the winter the first tensions between Napoleon and Snowball appear. All of a sudden nine
dogs, which were bread by Napoleon, run to Snowball and chase him away. After that
Napoleon is the leader of the pigs and therefore of all animals and rules the farm using the
power of the dogs. Soon the pigs change their accomodation, move into the farm house and
sleep in beds. Because of that the chicken try to rebel against the system but the rebellion fails
and they get murdered by the dogs.
One year later the pigs discover a box full of whiskey bottles and begin to plant barley to
make beer. The next winter is really hard for the animals and they nearly starve to death but
Squealer still states that the animals are living better than under farmer Jones. In April Animal
Farm becomes a Republic and Napoleon gets the position as the president. One day, after
some years, the pigs begin to go on two legs and wear clothes, which is against the rules of
animalism. But on the farm there is just one rule written down:
“All animals are equal. But some are more equal.”
Daniel Roden 8.A
English Book Report
Matura 2012
In the end the pigs are cooperating with the humans eating, drinking and playing with them
and the other animals are not able to differ between humans and pigs because they look and
act in the same way.