George Orwell’s Animal Farm

Beneath its surface appearance as a simple fable about talking animals, Animal Farm is the story of a revolution betrayed. Although the book can be read and enjoyed as a superb satire on the attempts made by human beings to create a perfect society in an imperfect world, the revolution that inspired Orwell’s fable was the very real one that took place in Russia in 1917. Because Animal Farm functions on one level as a historical allegory, it cannot be fully understood without some knowledge of the Russian Revolution and the subsequent rise to power of Joseph Stalin. Knowing some of the details of modern Russian history underlying the plot will help the reader to appreciate the fable’s humor and symbolism. . . . from Prentice Hall Novel Study Guide
 In explaining how he came to write Animal Farm, Orwell says he once saw a little boy whipping a horse:
“It struck me that if only such animals became aware of their strength we should have no power over them, and that men exploit animals in much the same way as the rich exploit the [worker].
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 ASSIGNMENT:
The words below are used in reference to the story. Write a short definition for each one.
     1. fable
     2. satire
     3. irony
     4. totalitarianism
     5. capitalism
     6. proletariat
     7. bourgeoisie
     8. idealist
     9. scapegoat
   10. broker
**READ the Historical Background which inspired George Orwell to write Animal Farm.
**READ the Introduction to Author and Novel &  Background for Understanding the Story
**READ the Historical Connections Analysis by Chapter FROM SparkNotes
**READ the Animal Farm: Themes, Motifs & Symbols
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