Animal Farm Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- George Orwell put a subtitle (A Fairy Story) underneath the title of Animal Farm. This story is a parallel to the Russian Revolution. Why would Orwell choose to make it such a "fairy story"? Or is this truly ironic, as in fact the book is the opposite of a "fairy story?" Why use animals and exaggeration instead of just writing a political essay?
- Orwell’s tone in the text is very tongue-in-cheek, and presumes innocence as he details what is obvious to us, his readers. What is the effect of such a tone? How does it add to our experience of reading the story?
- What might Animal Farm say about our own time? You might answer this question on a large scale or on a smaller one (for example, our country, government, our world, or your own personal life and the events in it…or both).
- Who suffers the most in Animal Farm? Is it worse to suffer in ignorance, or to actually know how all-around awful your situation is?
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