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Full Title: Animal Farm - A Fairy Story
When Written: 1944-45
Where Written: England
When Published: 1945
Literary Period: Modernism
Genre: Novel / Fairy Tale / Allegory
Setting: A farm somewhere in England in the first half of the 20th century
Climax: The pigs appear standing upright and the sheep bleat "Four legs good, two legs better!"
Point of View: Third person omniscient
Animal Farm, anti-utopian satire by George Orwell published in 1945. One of Orwell’s finest works, it is a political fable based on the events of Russia’s Bolshevik revolution and the betrayal of the cause by Joseph Stalin. The book concerns a group of barnyard animals who overthrow and chase off their exploitative human masters and set up an egalitarian society of their own. Eventually the animals’ intelligent and power-loving leaders, the pigs, subvert the revolution. Concluding that “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (with its addendum to the animals’ seventh commandment: “All animals are equal”), the pigs form a dictatorship even more oppressive and heartless than that of their former human masters.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2017
Rating: E Production Year: 2014 Duration: 26:15
Description: This series of four clips explores the context, characters, themes and writing style of Orwell's popular classic. Led by an engaging presenter with a touch of dark humour.
Rating: PG Production Year: 1999 Duration: 51:35
Description: The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny among themselves.
Rating: G Production Year: 1999 Duration: 1:27:33
Description: Based on the novel by George Orwell. Starring Pete Postlethwaite and with creature effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Barnyard animals mount a revolution, oust their cruel farmer and turn the farm into a collective.
George Orwell, pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair , (born June 25, 1903, Motihari, Bengal, India—died January 21, 1950, London, England), English novelist, essayist, and critic famous for his novels Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-four (1949), the latter a profound anti-utopian novel that examines the dangers of totalitarian rule.
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