Animal Farm Summary
We may not always agree with the government, but at least they aren't pigs. We mean that literally. Whether or not you think they're pigs in a figurative sense is your prerogative.
|Author||Orwell - George Orwell|
|British Literature||Post-1945 British Literature|
|Post-1945 Literature||All Post-1945 Literature Videos|
Post-1945 British Literature
|Themes||Dreams, Hopes, and Plans|
Foolishness and Folly
Lies and Deceit
Rules and Order
ownership over the farm as Leader Pig of All the Universe….
…ahem, I mean as equals in an animal utopia. And being equal is great and everything, but
let’s be honest here.
I mean, have you seen the horses? Those guys couldn’t lead a carrot into their own mouths,
let alone a revolution!
So we pigs took over, naturally.
We created seven commandments…
….which turned into a chant:
Four legs good. Two legs bad. Four legs good. Two legs bad. Four legs good. Two legs BAAAAAAAD!
Now, being a leader isn’t always smooth sailing. Sometimes, you have to fight for
Like when a whole bunch of farmers got together and tried to quash our rebellion. But we showed
Especially me. But I didn’t get an “Animal Hero, first class” medal. Snowball did.
Sure, he was kind of smart. Between you and me, it was his idea to build a windmill. But
he never could have executed it as well as I could.
Which, you see, is why I peed on his plans and sic’ed my dogs on him when it came time
to vote for a leader. Because it was clear to everyone that I was meant to be lead.
Voting is silly! Why voice your opinion when the natural leader already knows what you
…which is why I banned voting.
…and then built that windmill. Well, eventually the windmill collapsed because…
somebody might have missed a detail in the plan here or there. Whatever, that’s not
What’s important is that animals started complaining, as though Animal Farm wasn’t
the best place ever!
…And when animals complain, that really puts a damper on my day. It’s like they
don’t even care how hard we worked to get here.
And when I find out they’re in cahoots with Snowball, or talking about the “good old
days” – when I find out they think that their ruler isn’t doing a good enough job….
So it was one of the rules of Animal Farm that you couldn’t kill another animal…so
Sure, we’re all equal here, but I’m a natural-born leader. And you know how you
get to be a leader? Not by following rules, that’s for sure!
So when we pigs led the animals to victory against the humans yet again, I think we had
a right to celebrate.
We put on some clothes and got a little sloshed, because we deserved it.
…and because we had to keep leading Animal Farm, even in the hardest of times, we kept
having to drink and bundle up and live in the farmhouse. For the good of everyone.
So really, the moral of the story is: two legs good. Two legs best, for the good of