Study Guide

Animal Farm Characters

By George Orwell

Napoleon (a pig)

Not that Napoleon is into democratic elections, or anything. Nope. He operates through cruelty...

Snowball (a pig)

We meet Snowball when the pigs decide to spread Old Major's message through the farm. He's "a...

Squealer (a pig)

Squealer makes his debut appearance when he justifies the fact that the pigs have hoarded milk...

The nine dogs

They're first unleashed on Animal Farm right after Snowball has wowed everyone with his flashy...

Boxer (a horse)

At first, things seem to be going well. He's a hard worker, making "I will work harder" into his...

Mollie (a horse)

Mollie is stupid, vain, and materialistic. (It's a good thing she's pretty.) From the very...

Benjamin (a donkey)

Despite his nasty temper, Benjamin knows what's up. After the rebellion, the other animals want...

Old Major (a pig)

But Old Major's "strange dream" (1.2) doesn't involve anyone dressed in a fur cape driving a...

Clover (a horse)

When the pigs begin sleeping in beds, she thinks that she remembers a rule against animals...

Moses (a raven)

Stories about an awesome place you go after you die, exemption from work, and contempt from the...

Mr. and Mrs. Jones (humans)

Animal Farm opens with a bang: "Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the...

Bluebell, Jessie, and Pincher (three dogs)

The three dogs are mostly around to have the nine puppies that Napoleon turns into his private...

The Sheep

Napoleon may not be great with a crowd, but he's "especially successful with the sheep" (5.8). He...

Mr. Pilkington

Mr. Pilkington owns Foxwood, a neighboring farm. And—he doesn't sound so bad, really. The...

Mr. Frederick

Mr. Frederick owns the neighboring farm of Pinchfield. He may be a human farmer, but he's no...

Mr. Whymper

Whymper acts as "an intermediary between Animal Farm and the outside world" (6.7). He's the first...