Animal Farm Study Guide

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Great Books of the Western World, #46 Big Read List (UK’s top 200), #1 UK School Choice, TIME magazine 100 Best All-time Novels, #31 Modern Library Best 20th-Century Novels, Hugo Award, Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. The stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned - a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible!

When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece have a meaning and a message still ferociously fresh. 

Through George Orwell's sharp and insightful satire students will learn:

Author Biography: Learn more about George Orwell.

Background Information: Governments and economics.

Before-You-Read Activities: Russia, allegories, Spanish Civil War.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: Thesaurus, antonyms, anthropomorphism, personification, foreshadowing, rhetoric, poetic justice, dictionary, irony, misdirection, maxim, mood, juxtaposition, comic relief, corollary, paradox, euphemism, doublespeak, epiphany, synonym, nihilism, in context, full-circle ending, conflict, dramatic structure, theme.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Care for animals, charity and helping the poor, work together, sanctity of life, love our enemies, leadership, faith in God, fear-mongering, anxiety, fear, trust, power vs. humility, servanthood, obeying authority, justly challenging authority and abuse, despair, depression, ethnocentrism (racism).

Activities and Writing Assignments: Historical connections, essays, music, poster, Golden Age, Caesar, military, flags, committees, science, debate, class discussion, politics, journalism, newspapers, art, historical revisionism vs. historical  negationism, Bible study, propaganda, free speech.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Animal Farm by George Orwell.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Recommended Grade Level:
Allegory, Dystopian, Political Fable, Stalinist Soviet Union, Totalitarianism
British Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
91 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael S. Gilleland
For the Book By:
George Orwell
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