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Animal Farm: Context
Animal Farm: Plot Summary
Animal Farm: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Animal Farm: Themes
Animal Farm: Quotes
Animal Farm: Characters
Animal Farm: Symbols
Animal Farm: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of George Orwell
Historical Context of Animal Farm
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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!"
- Antagonist: Napoleon
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Extra Credit for Animal Farm
Rejection. Though Animal Farm eventually made Orwell famous, three publishers in England rejected the novel at first. One of those who rejected it was T.S. Eliot, the famous poet and an editor at the Faber & Faber publishing house. Several American publishing houses rejected the novel as well. One editor told Orwell it was "impossible to sell animal stories in the U.S.A."
Outspoken Anti-Communist. Orwell didn't just write literature that condemned the Communist state of the USSR. He did everything he could, from writing editorials to compiling lists of men he knew were Soviet spies, to combat the willful blindness of many intellectuals in the West to USSR atrocities.