Animal Farm Character Analysis

Book: Animal Farm     Genre: Satire Fiction    Author: George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell is a satire about the Russian Revolution or Communism in general. The book talks about how humankind or in this case animal kind are selfish. They start off with the strong wanting of freedom from Mr Jones but in the end they end up just like him. Communism is supposedly about how everyone should be equal meaning they all receive to their ability or needs. Old Major’s dream was for the farm to be run by the animals for the animals, but after he passed away things quickly changed. Snowball and Napoleon became the leaders of the farm and were on the way of leading a revolution. But along the way they started taking advantage of the trust the animals had on them and used it for bad. They started getting more food then other animals, sleeping on beds,etc. Then the big change happened, Napoleon doubled crossed Snowball and chased him out of the farm. After that the Animal Farm became more of a dictatorship then communist.

Napoleon is in the middle of all this, he is one of the reason why the revolution started and he is also why the revolution changed. He is a self centred pig that needs to get his way. One main characteristic to Napoleon is he can manipulate the animals into believing anything he says

“Then Napoleon stood to reply. He said very quietly that the windmill idea was nonsense and that he advised nobody to vote for it, and promptly sat down. He had barely spoken for 30 seconds and seemed almost indifferent as to the effect he produced. (Chapter 5)

The quote shows that Napoleon is able to make a huge impact on the farm no matter how long he speaks. He can speak for less than 30 seconds and be able to change the way the animals feel. He is able to manipulate the animals into believing anything he says

“It had become usual to give Napoleon the credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another “Under the guidance of our leader, Comrade Napoleon, i had laid five eggs in six days””

Napoleon is a very manipulative person, he was able to convince the animals that everything good that happens in the farm is because of him. They look up to him and believe that he saved them from being slaves to Mr. Jones even though there situation right now could be considered worse than it was before.

“Besides in those days they had been slaves and now they were free and that made all the difference”

Napoleon was able to convince the other animals that he was basically their savior, the reason their no longer under Mr Jones’s rule is because of him. Although that is true the life they had back then is exactly the same then it was before. They are needed to work very hard on barely any food.

Napoleon demands a lot from the animals. He is running a business and needs to make money to control the needs he has. He wants to be able to make money so he pushes them to do all the work and produce enough to make himself stand out as the other animals.

“Throughout the spring and summer they worked a sixty hour, and in August announced that there will be work on Sunday afternoon as well. This work was strictly voluntary but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half     (Chapter 6)

He isn’t completing demanding that they do work but he is saying that if they don’t work he will take away half of their rations. Most animals will choose to do the extra day of work over having less food so Napoleon has won that battle.

“All that year the animals worked like slaves, but they were aware that everything they did was for the benefit of themselves and those or their kind”

They worked like they were slaves and never stopped because they wanted to have the windmill and also didn’t want Napoleon to be mad at them. So they work the butts off so that they can make a good impression.

Finally, Napoleon uses all his power to be violent and use his strength over others so that others will do whatever he says so that he doesn’t have to do that.

“When they finished their confession the dogs promptly tore their throats out and in a terrible voice Napoleon demanded whether any other animal had anything to confess (chapter 7)”

He is threatening everyone with the dogs, so that the animals will fear him and not do anything against him because they know that if theydo anything then they will get hurt.Photo on 9-3-16 at 9.06 am


Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Print.