Animal Farm by George Orwell (Book Summary and Review) – Minute Book Report

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This is a quick book summary and analysis of Animal Farm by George Orwell. This channel discusses and reviews books, novels, and short stories through drawing…poorly. New Minute Book Reports are posted every week.

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  2. Old Major, the prize boar, calls a secret meeting of all the farm animals on Manor Farm. He states that a rebellion against their human master, Mr Jones, will one day come.

    A cow starts the rebellion by walking into the store-shed. The animals end up chasing Mr Jones off the farm.

    Now they are free, the animals all agree on the Seven Commandments that they will live by. The farm is renamed 'Animal Farm'. There is hope for a better future.

    The pigs start to order the other animals around and take more food than they should.

    The animals bravely fight off a human attempt to retake the farm, this becomes known as 'The Battle of the Cowshed'.

    The animals set to work building a windmill and Napoleon takes charge.

    Napoleon reduces the rations and rights of the animals and starts breaking the commandments. There is another invasion by the men and the windmill is blown up. Boxer collapses whilst rebuilding it for the second time.

    Napoleon and the other pigs learn to walk on their hind legs, wear human clothes and carry whips. Despite all their hard work, the animals of the farm are right back to where they began, hungry, scared and exploited by those in charge.

  3. A farm in the British countryside that is under the operation of Mr. Jones. Old major, a well-respected pig, calls all of the animals to a meeting to share his vision of a farm free of humans, where the animals reap what they sow. This vision inspires all of the animals and they await the day for a rebellion. After Old Major passes away, the rebellion begins when Mr. Jones forgets to feed the animals. The animals, led by the pigs, chase away all of the humans from the farm, renaming it Animal farm. Two pigs named Snowball and Napoleon emerge as leaders, and for a while life on the farm is good. Rules are written on the barn for everyone to follow and a rhythm of work and recreation settles on the farm. The animals coexist in harmony and they feel a sense of pride as they work for no master.

    One day, the farm is attacked by Mr. Jones and some men. Bravely, the animals fight the intruders away. Tension begins to build on the farm, as snowball and Napoleon are at odds with one another on the direction the farm should take. Snowball wants to build a windmill, wich he claims will increase food and reduce work, while napoleon wants to increase production.

    Just as snowball wins over the animals with his windmill idea, Napoleon call his secret attack dogs to chase snowball away. With snowball gone, Napoleon becomes the sole leader of the farm. Over time, more and more resources go toward the pigs and dogs and less resources go toward the working animals. Through the smooth talking of Squealer the, the mouthpiece for Napoleon, the animals are assured that the pigs need the extra resources in order to think and organize the farm.

    Surprisingly, Napoleon then declares that they should build a windmill and that he was never actually against the idea since it has secretly been his all along. The animals work hard to build the windmill, but it gets destroyed. Napoleon blames Snowball for this act of vandalism and vows that the animals on Animal Farm will build it again.

    Soon, Napoleon reaches out to humans outside the farm and begins making business deals for more supplies. The attempt to rebuild the windmill is led by the efforts of Boxer, an old work horse close to his retirement. Eventually, the windmill is completed, but then gets blown up during an attack by neighbouring men.

    Over time the rules on the barn begin to change to fit the pigs’ new lifestyle until only one rule remains: All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. In the end Napoleon invites neighbouring farmers to visit the farm and because the pigs have picked up on the mannerisms of humans, the animals cannot tell the difference between the two.

    Here you go, for your school project ;P

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