Book Notes

Animal Farm

🚀The Book in 3 Sentences

Chapter 1

  1. Unheard voices of the animals.
  2. Animals planning a rebellion against the men.
  3. Animal cruelity by men.

🎨 Impressions

Chapter 1

  1. Gives a brief introduction of the characters:
    1. Mr. Jones, the farmer seems to be a normal-jovial farmer, who drinks before he goes to bed.
    2. Middle White Boar, also known as “Old Major” has a attitude of an activisit and a leader who wants to make a change among their farm animals towards freedom and liberty.

✍️My favorite Quotes

Chapter 1

“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.”

– Old major/ Middle White Boar

“What then must we do? Why, work night and day, body and soul, for the overthrow of the human race! That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion!”

– Old Major

📓 Summary + Notes



In Novella’s Allegory, Napoleon represents Joseph Stalin – premier of the Soviet Union. Napoleon’s characteristics are based on Stalin’s characteristics.

Napoleon is a large, fierce-looking Berkshire boar. His rotund physique and facial expressions portray him as a cult of a leader. His physical appearance originates him as a political figure.

Napoleons’s tyrannical effect did not directly affect the animals, rather indirectly. The dogs and squealers were the means of Napoleons’s tyrannical effect on the animals. The dogs and Squealer in Novella’s allegory represented the Army and Vyacheslav Molotov who was Stalin’s protégé and head of Communist propaganda respectively. Dogs physically threaten animals in order to comply with Napoleon’s perjuries. On the other hand, Squealer used propaganda. More specifically his persuasive language to indoctrinate Napoleons’s thoughts to the animals. Napoleon trained, at that time puppies to be loyal to him and appointed Squealer (within the Novella allegory as the minister of communism propaganda) due to these actions the dogs and squealer were thee means to Napoleon’s tyrannical effect on the animals.

Napoleon talks more to himself than to others. He is a great strategist and a sharp tactician when it comes to politics, however when it comes to articulating he is not efficient enough. Napoleon doesn’t bother to articulate, because he appointed Squealer as minister for propaganda in allegory. Squealer aces in articulating Napoleon’s thoughts, ideologies, and plans in an optimistic manner.

Napoleon is the epitome of communism. The epitome is poured with communism, dictatorship, and the cult of personality. However, deep inside the epitome’s core, lies this sacred ideology which goes as

All Animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

– The Last and Only Commandment in Animal Farm

Though he was the epitome of communism he wasn’t a pure one.

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