Monday, March 31, 2014

Animal Farm

"Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

-George Orwell
Animal Farm

Animal Farm was a very interesting book to read and you definitely need to have an imagination just to be able to read the book without picking out all the flaws in how stuff works. Throughout Animal Farm, the pigs slowly turn into everything they hated about the humans. They move into the farmhouse, sleep in the humans beds, and change all the rules of Animalism, leaving only 1. The pigs end up not working, eating more and better stuff than the other animals, and they end up being "more equal" than the other animals. The other animals are too dumb to realize how the pigs are mistreating them and are easily persuaded whenever the pigs talk. The pigs keep telling them it's better than it was when Mr.Jones was here, and we don't want Mr.Jones to come back, but he is pretty much back already. They are almost at the same point they were when Mr.Jones was there, except they have less food and have no clue what to do. That's just how I feel about the story.
One thing I kind of want to focus on is how this represents our culture now. From all the sheep following whoever is speaking, like hipsters following trends, and after the rebellion you start to notice almost "social classes". Mollie is so used to having luxuries and not needing to work for anything, she just sits there and looks pretty. After the rebellion, she didn’t really enjoy it, it seemed because she was already having a great life before the rebellion, so it really didn’t do that much for her.

I think the rebellion represents a lot of different events in history. People get sick of how they are living and try and make their own rules and laws and just govern themselves, but it almost never works out. You almost need rules in your everyday life just to keep you from going crazy. People complain about their government being way too strict and not allowing freedom, but the only reason they are like that is because their were given reasons and different events have occurred where if they didn’t have those strict rules or laws, things would go bad.

One theme I continuously noticed throughout the story is manipulation. The animals are being manipulated by Napolean into thinking the farm is good, and into multiple laws then the laws are changed whenever it benefits Napolean, and the animals just follow whatever he says. They follow him because they are incapable of leading themselves. They execute animals in parts for doing “bad” things, not only is killing them is against their main laws of Animalism, the animals just follow Napolean in doing this, and don’t get mad at him or go against him because he manipulates them into thinking it is right and should be done. Another theme is just plain bad. I think Orwell purposefully tries to show us the evil in Napolean to make us realize different themes, without straight up saying them. I like how he lets us develop our own thoughts on each character, yet gives us some hints so we don’t end up completely confused with no clue whether a character  is good or bad.

These are only my thoughts on the book and you can interpret it any way you want to.


  1. Josie this was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo amazing! Your words seemed completely accurate, this is the BEST by far I have read. Wonderful Work(:

  2. I like how you compared the rebellion to different parts of history. I also think how you interpreted it was cool. I interpreted it differently in the sense that I didn't see it as manipulation. I saw it more as reflection because the pigs became what they didn't want.

  3. Josie that was awesome! I agree with everything that you said. Especially when you said that you need and imagination to understand the book. Because if someone thought that the story was real they would be completely wrong. Great job!

  4. Nice connections, Josie. You come up with three very different ways of looking at the book and employ some lenses in that analysis as well. I like how you bring hipsters into the discussion - how trends play into politics and everyday life. You also show how rules have a role in keeping order and how rebellion for the sake of rebellion may be unwise in the long run.

    You say a lot about Mollie in very few words. I think a lot of us are more like Mollie than we would care to admit. She definitely makes me uncomfortable at times, because I realize that I don't make a lot of great improvements because I'm comfortable as I am and don't really want to give up personal luxury.

    Nice work here, Josie. Can you fix the dark text issue? It's happening on a few blogs, so if you can figure it out, let me know what you did so we can help others.