Ch 4: Animal Farm: Characters & Allegory

About This Chapter

The Animal Farm: Characters & Allegory chapter of this Animal Farm Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the characters and allegory of this novel. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts of the characters and allegory of Animal Farm.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Animal Farm characters and allegory material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the key characters and use of allegory in this story. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the allegory and characters in Animal Farm
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual and auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Animal Farm: Characters & Allegory chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only the information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Animal Farm: Characters & Allegory chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any literature question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the allegory and characters of Animal Farm for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Review of various allegorical elements in the story
  • Analysis of essential characters including Napoleon, Snowball, Boxer, Old Major, Squealer, Mr. Jones and Clover, among others
  • Exploration of the protagonist of Animal Farm

16 Lessons in Chapter 4: Animal Farm: Characters & Allegory
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Allegory in Animal Farm: Characters & Examples

1. Allegory in Animal Farm: Characters & Examples

In this lesson, we'll explore how George Orwell's novella, ''Animal Farm,'' is an allegory of the problems that arose out of Russian communism. We'll look at how the different characters in the book represented real figures or groups of people from history.

Napoleon in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

2. Napoleon in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In 'Animal Farm', the author, George Orwell develops an allegory, or metaphorical representation, of the Russian Revolution. In this lesson, we will look at their new leader, Napoleon, and compare him to the world leader he is intended to symbolize.

Snowball in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

3. Snowball in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, Snowball the pig becomes one of two leaders on the farm after Mr. Jones is exiled. His competitor, Napoleon, feels threatened by his leadership.

Boxer in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

4. Boxer in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

Boxer, from the George Orwell's famous novel 'Animal Farm,' is an extremely hardworking character who's taken advantage of because he's too trusting and doesn't think for himself.

Old Major in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

5. Old Major in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

Before the pig Old Major makes his speech, the animals are content under the oppressive leadership of the Man who runs the farm. Read more to find out how Old Major begins to make change happen in 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell.

Squealer in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

6. Squealer in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, Squealer, the porker, elevates to a position of prominence because of his astonishing ability to persuade the other animals into agreeing with Napoleon even when it is not in their best interest.

Mr. Jones in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

7. Mr. Jones in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, Mr. Jones is a farmer. When he becomes distracted from taking care of his animals, the animals unite and take over. Learn more about Mr. Jones and how he symbolizes Tsar Nicholas II in the Russian Revolution.

Clover in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

8. Clover in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In this lesson, we will learn more about the maternal work horse, Clover, from 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, including her use as a symbol for the working class.

Mollie in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

9. Mollie in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

Mollie, the beautiful white mare, represents the bourgeois middle class during the Russian Revolution in George Orwell's famous novel, 'Animal Farm.' While not opposing an animal-run farm, she doesn't really understand the need for it.

Benjamin in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

10. Benjamin in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In ''Animal Farm'' by George Orwell, not many animals are smart enough to figure out what the pigs are up to, but Benjamin is. Learn more about Benjamin and his representation of cynicism in this lesson.

Moses in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

11. Moses in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In ''Animal Farm'' by George Orwell, Moses the raven inspires the animals to work hard with dreams of eternal bliss at a magical place called Sugarcandy Mountain. Read on to understand the symbolism and literary analysis related to this character.

Muriel in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

12. Muriel in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, Muriel the goat is a character who is smart enough to play a major role but allows herself to fade into the background. In this lesson, we'll learn more about Muriel.

Mr. Frederick in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

13. Mr. Frederick in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

'Animal Farm' is an allegory for the Russian Revolution with each of the characters playing a prominent historical figure of that time. Mr. Frederick, the neighbor, is a symbol of the notorious Adolf Hitler.

Mr. Pilkington in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

14. Mr. Pilkington in Animal Farm: Character, Allegory & Analysis

In 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, the farm is surrounded by two neighboring farms who dislike each other immensely. Learn about one of the neighbors, Mr. Pilkington, and how he represents capitalist Britain and the U.S. just before WWII.

Protagonist in Animal Farm

15. Protagonist in Animal Farm

Who is leading the pack in George Orwell's 'Animal Farm?' Explore the dynamics of the characters of this novel and the lack of a central protagonist throughout the story in this lesson.

Animal Farm Character List & Flashcards

Animal Farm Character List & Flashcards

This set of flashcards will cover all of the major characters from George Orwell's 1945 novel Animal Farm. You can use these cards to study the different characters from the book, and to learn which historical figure each character represents in Orwell's retelling of the Russian Revolution and Stalin's rise to power.

Chapter Practice Exam
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