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Animal Farm

Animal Farm

  

by George Orwell

Animal Farm Themes

Animal Farm Themes

Power: Leadership and Corruption

(Click the themes infographic to download.) There's a reason you don't want your prom queen to also be your school president: absolute power corrupts absolutely, and pretty soon she'll be sending...

Power: Control over the Intellectually Inferior

(Click the themes infographic to download.) American conservative William F. Buckley once said that he'd rather be governed by the first 2000 names in the Boston phonebook than the 2000 faculty m...

Lies and Deceit

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Animal Farm runs on pig fat and lies. By the end, "truth" has become so malleable that the animals can't even remember what actually happened. A lie is...

Rules and Order

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Out with the old, in with the new: in Animal Farm, the animals get rid of an old set of rules just to find themselves oppressed by a new one. At first,...

Foolishness and Folly

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Talk about blaming the victim: it sounds a lot like Orwell is faulting the lower-class animals for not being smart enough to realize what's going on. Ei...

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Do you dream of a world full of pillows in which you can lie around eating Doritos and listening to drone music all day? Keep dreaming. (Eventually, you...

Cunning and Cleverness

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Keep an eye on your local Mensa chapter: they may look like harmless nerds, but they're just waiting for the right opportunity to oppress us all. Or, so...

Violence

(Click the themes infographic to download.) For a fairy tale about a self-governing farm, Animal Farm sure does pile up the bodies. Old Major may have dreamed about animals frolicking in green pas...

Pride

(Click the themes infographic to download.) The animals in Animal Farm don't have much in the way of food, dignity, or leisure—but they do have pride. They take pride in banding together to over...

Religion

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Karl Marx may have said that religion was the opiate of the masses, but he also said that it was the "sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a hea...

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