The characters of Napoleon, Snowball, Old Major and others are based upon the leaders of the former Soviet Union. In order to understand who the animals represent, you need to know something about Leon Trotsky, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin. Use theDatabases tab for biographical and history databases to learn who's who.
These timelines place people and events in context.
The primary sources at this web site offer insight into the politics of the Russian Revolution. Remember to consider the Time and Place rule and the Bias rule when reading primary sources.
Includes synopsis, characters, themes and analysis.
Read his biography to find the inspiration for Animal Farm. To see the links (including a letter to his publisher), scroll down past the book publication information
Chapter summaries connect to themes of government as well as a synopsis of major characters.
Orwell used the Bolshevik Revolution as theme in Animal Farm. This video provides a quick overview of the Bolshevik Revolution and the events leading up to it.
Stalin used propaganda to create an idealized public image.
Animal Farm is both an allegory and satire. Use the links below for a definiion.
In Animal Farm, Orwell is commenting upon specific forms of government: Marxism, Communism, Socialism and Totalitarianism. Use the databases to learn more about them.
There are 25 questions on this quiz. Take the quiz after you have finished reading Animal Farm.