Animal Farm – George Orwell

This single farm of ours would support a dozen horses, twenty cows, hundreds of sheep–and all of them living in a comfort and a dignity that are now almost beyond our imagining. Why then do we continue in this miserable condition?

Because nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us by human beings.

Only get rid of Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own. Almost overnight we could become rich and free.

Major’s speech had given to the more intelligent animals on the farm a completely new outlook on life.

Others asked such questions as “Why should we care what happens after we are dead?”
“Comrade,” said Snowball, “those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?”

He claimed to know of the existence of a mysterious country called Sugarcandy Mountain, to which all animals went when they died.

At last they could stand it no longer. One of the cows broke in the door of the store-shed with her horn and all the animals began to help themselves from the bins…The next moment he and his four men were in the store-shed with whips in their hands, lashing out in all directions.

The animals rushed to the top of it and gazed round them in the clear morning light. Yes, it was theirs–everything that they could see was theirs!

 A unanimous resolution was passed on the spot that the farmhouse should be preserved as a museum.

Seven Commandments which were to form an unalterable law, in which every animal should live.

Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master.

Hard work is it’s own reward.

Some animals didn’t work hard, some worked twice as hard…

The hoof and horn flag was flown each sunday:

The flag was green, Snowball explained, to represent the green fields of England, while the hoof and horn signified the future Republic of the Animals which would arise when the human race had been finally overthrown.

Pigs start taking more power than that of the other animals – a hierarchy system has started again…

And when the human beings listened to it, they secretly trembled, hearing in it a prophecy of their future doom.

Snowball and Napoleon were polar opposite in decision making,

How to best sustain a farm – which part do you improve at the cost of others.

A coup happens with military force, and the same hierarchy is established over democracy.

Every Sunday morning at ten o’clock the animals assembled in the big barn to receive their orders for the week.

Slowly the manifesto’s are being changed – going back on principles.

And since it was certainly true that nothing of the kind existed in writing, the animals were satisfied that they had been mistaken.

It was about this time that the pigs suddenly moved into the farmhouse and took up their residence there.

Referred to as leaders rather than comrades.

Enemy has been created as a scape-goat for the leaders problems – Napoleon doesn’t want to loose power at any costs.

In addition, Napoleon ordered the almost empty bins in the store-shed to be filled nearly to the brim with sand, which was then covered up with what remained of the grain and meal.

Trying to make the situation look better than it is for people on the outside.

Kijŏngdong, (“Peace Village”) is a village in North Korea. It is situated in the North’s half of the Korean Demilitarized Zone it has been widely referred to as ‘Propaganda Village’ by those outside North Korea, especially in Western and South Korean media

Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball.

Try to alter the past, arguing that the past is not what it seems. In order to influence the future.

And so the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon’s feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones.

Beast of England Song abolished.

“Thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes!”

The windmill is seen thought out as the advancement of technology, and how it can magically make everything better.

. A too rigid equality in rations, Squealer explained, would have been contrary to the principles of Animalism.

Life for the animals becomes more about show and pomp than of real life. It’s becoming more a of a stage set.

…they were able to forget that their bellies were empty, at least part of the time.

“Four legs good, two legs BETTER!

The whole of the 7 commandments have been flipped on it’s head / altered in some way!

The story does a full loop

“Animal Farm” had been abolished. Henceforward the farm was to be known as “The Manor Farm”–which, he believed, was its correct and original name.