Animal Farm by George Orwell

The novella, Animal Farm was penned down by British author George Orwell and published on August 17, 1945. In her book, British Literature and American Literature (1996), Leila Borges states that this novella portrays the events which led to and which occurred during the Stalin era before World War II.

In the novella, the characters, embodying animalistic forms, portray the revolutionaries of the Communist Bolshevik and overthrow the human leadership on the farm.

Then they make it a Utopian society where all the animals are equal on the basis of the Seven Commandments that the animals create on their own to govern themselves.

Later, with the passage of time, inequality starts to prevail and the socially and politically powerful people begin to manipulate the weaker ones.

The Seven Commandments shrink to only One Commandment: all animals are equal but some are more than the others. It reminds the readers of the famous maxim by Lord Acton that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

In this course, we will discuss the summary of each chapter in detail, important themes, characters and analysis of the novella Animal Farm.