Characters in Animal Farm

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  • Characters in Animal Farm
    • Napolean
      • A pig who seizes control of the farm after the Russian revolution
      • Becomes a dictator
      • Portrayed as Stalin
      • Uses his milterary force known as his attack dogs to intimidate the other animals
        • Makes his power stronger
    • Snowball
      • Cleaverist pig on the farm
      • Napoleans rival for leadership of Animal Farm
      • Portayed as Trotsky
      • Intelligent, passionate, eloquent and less subtle and devious than Napoleon
      • Seems to win the the loyality of the other animals and cement his power
    • Boxer
      • Hard-working horse
      • Most devoted supporter of the revolution
      • Makes huge sacrifites for the farms success
      • His incrediable strength, dedication and loyality plays a key role in the early prosperity of Animal Farm and the later completion of the windmill
      • Shows the much devotion to Animal Farm's ideals but little ablity to think about them independently
      • Doesn't really trust the pigs to make all his decisions for him
      • His two mottoes are "I will work hardr" and "Napoeans is always right"
    • Squealer
      • The pig who spreads Napoleon's propaganda among the other animals
      • Alters the seven commandments
      • Spreads false statistics pointing to the farm's success
      • Orwell uses Squealer to explore the ways in which those in power often use rhetoric and language to twist the truth to gain and maintain social/political power
      • Speaker for Napoleon
    • Old Major
      • Oldest pig on the farm
      • His speech sets out the principles of Animalism and the high ideals by which the pigs actions are later
      • Vision of a socialist utopia serves as the inspiration for the Rebellion
        • Three days after describing rhe vision and teaching the animals the song "Beats of England" he dies
          • Leaves Snowball and Napolean to struggle for control of his legacy
      • He is based on both the German polictcal economist Marx and the Russian revolutionary leader Lenin
    • Clover
      • Good-hearted female horse
      • Boxers close friend
      • Maternal figure on the farm
      • Suspects the pigs of violating one or more of the Seven Commandments
        • Repeatedly blames herself for misremembering the commandments
      • Unable to communicate her protest against the pig's actions
        • Prevents further protest from other animals


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