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At once an allegory for both utopia and totalitarianism, Animal Farm is a story that expresses a dismal view of humans and their attempts to create a just society without compassion, history, and nonviolence. Orwell's book is decidedly anti-utopian and yet an unforgettable morality tale that entertains as it teaches.
This concise supplement to Orwell's "Animal Farm helps students understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
Provides a summary of the life and times of George Orwell, an introduction to the novel, character analyses, critical commentaries, and a review.
At once an allegory for both utopia and totalitarianism, George Orwell's Animal Farm expresses a dismal view of humans and their attempts to create a just society without compassion, history, and nonviolence. CliffsNotes on Animal Farm opens the door to help you appreciate Orwell's unforgettable morality tale. Count on CliffsNotes' plot summaries and detailed commentary to guide you through this anti-utopian novel that entertains as it teaches.
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.
The animals in CliffsNotes on The Animal Farm reflect different kinds of humans and their struggles for freedom and power. Orwell felt that a farm where "All Animals Are Equal" would solve many social and economic problems — but he also knew that such a system would be difficult to maintain.
Find out what happens on the farm when some of the animals act on the principle that "Some Are More Equal Than Others." You'll also gain insight into the life and political views of the author, George Orwell. Other features that help you study include
- Character analyses of major players
- A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
- Critical essays
- A review section that tests your knowledge
- A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites
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About the Author
Daniel Moran is an award-winning high school English teacher who has also written the CliffsNotes for the The Once and Future King and Heart of Darkness.
Table of Contents
Life and Background of the Author.
Introduction to the Novel.
Chapters 1 - 10.
CliffsNotes Resource Center.