Schools & Districts
All of Shmoop
Cite This Page
iOS Learning Guide
Kindle: Learning Guide
Nook: Learning Guide
Sony Reader: Learning Guide
Best of the Web
Animal Farm Quotes
Table of Contents
AP English Language
AP English Literature
SAT Test Prep
ACT Exam Prep
Animal Farm Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Power: Leadership and Corruption
That power corrupts is an inevitable conclusion of Animal Farm. When the pigs take over they claim that their goal is to preside over a farm of equal animals, all working together to support one an...
Power: Control over the Intellectually Inferior
In Animal Farm, the pigs take power after the Rebellion because they claim that they are the most intelligent animals on the farm. Yet it soon becomes clear that intelligence and good intentions ne...
Lies and Deceit
Like much else in Animal Farm, deception is used to gain power. The pigs deceive the other animals about the past, convincing them that certain events did or did not occur. They deceive them as to...
Rules and Order
Rules are often thought of as a way to maintain generally accepted notions of order. Traditions might be thought of as a way of remembering one’s debt to the past, of re-affirming one’s values....
Foolishness and Folly
Foolishness in Animal Farm takes it root in the lower class animals, who are essentially duped into a life of hardship because of their lack of intellect. They fail to recognize the horrible nature...
Dreams, Hopes, and Plans
Animal Farm, narrowly perceived, is simply an allegory for the Russian Revolution. More broadly, however, it is a criticism of utopian ideas in general. It is easy to see that the dreams instilled...
Cunning and Cleverness
At the very beginning of Animal Farm, it is easy to laugh at Squealer’s professed ability to "turn black into white" (2.2). Yet as time goes on, it becomes clear that Squealer’s clevern...
Violence in Animal Farm is a tool of political oppression. Not only do we see actual violence used to kill and to exile enemies of the leadership, but equally important is the threat of violence. I...
In Animal Farm, pride serves to unite the animals as a common group; in this way it is something akin to camaraderie. The animals take pride in banding together to overthrow their oppressive leader...
Religion in Animal Farm is used, as Karl Marx famously said, as an "opiate of the masses." The animals are distracted from their horrible living situation and life of labor with visions of "Sugarca...
© 2013 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved. We love your brain and respect your privacy. |
© 2013 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved. We love your brain and respect your privacy.