|Dsytopian Literature||Animal Farm|
than a bad time with her comrades. Okay, she’s shallow, but she’s not dumb.
Napoleon argues with Snowball over everything. He’s such an arrogant pig that he literally
pees on Snowball’s windmill plan…a plan he had researched and worked on triple double [Napoleon pees on snowballs windmill plan and hands him it]
overtime to draw.
They were Animal Farm’s equivalent to Russia’s plan for modernization. At first, Stalin rejected
the plan. Then he embraced it. Sound familiar? Who do these two pigs represent again? [Men with pig heads on a farm]
Napoleon is Stalin – the bad guy. And Snowball is Trotsky – the good guy.
And just like the Russian Revolution, Napoleon/Stalin banishes Snowball/Trotsky from the land.
The road to absolute power is now wide open. [Stalin and Napoleon on a road together]
Snowball and Trotsky use reason in their arguments.
Napoleon uses ferocious dogs. Fair or not, Napoleon wins every time…just like Stalin did. [Dog scares away Snowball]
And now that there’s no one to argue with Napoleon,
why bother with those time-consuming Sunday meetings?
By order of Napoleon, all decisions are now made by a special committee of pigs. [A committee of pigs drinking beer]
Some of the animals had a bad feeling about that, but before they could figure out why,
they were drowned out by the bleating sheep. The animals are definitely losing their grip [A cow by a door and a herd of sheep appear]
on the revolution, as did their Russian counterparts. Now about that windmill.
Looks like it’s going to be built after all.
Napoleon will get the glory and the other animals will soon be saying, “Snowball Who?”
But Napoleon peed on the plans! Why would he build something he hated that much? [Napoleon holding pee-covered windmill plans]
Well, he wouldn’t. He was just using the plans as a way to diss Snowball and get rid of him.
In fact, Napoleon said, Snowball had actually stolen the plans from him.
While the animals might have some doubts about that, they know it has to be true because
“Napoleon is always right.”
And let’s not forget Benjamin. Remember him? He’s the sad, little donkey endlessly [Benjamin alone on a muddy road]
warning that this revolution is going to end badly.
Who does he represent?
He’s the author reaching out to the reader, foreshadowing the end:
The animals will end up where they started. [Cows in a dairy farm]
Same miserable life, just with a different abusive leader.
Just as in the Russian Revolution, the fruit of the Animals’ Revolution was very bitter. [Horse regurgitates an apple]