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Animal Farm Chapter 2

| Monday October 03, 2011

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A Guide to Animal Farm
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5
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Summary

  • The farmer is driven out of Manor Farm.
  • The animals re-name the farm Animal Farm.
  • Seven Commandments are written on the barn wall by Snowball.
  • The pigs drink all the milk and eat the apples.

Introducing The Pigs | Character

The work of teaching and organising the others fell

naturally [1] upon the pigs, who were generally recognised as being the cleverest of the animals. Pre-eminent among the pigs were two young boars named Snowball and Napoleon, whom Mr. Jones was breeding up for sale. Napoleon was a large, rather fierce-looking [2] Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way. Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but [3] was not considered to have the same depth of character. All the other male pigs on the farm were porkers. The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice. [4] He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive. The others said of Squealer that he could turn black into white

. [4]

[1] ‘naturally’ suggests that there was no doubt about this.
[2] ‘large, fierce-looking’ suggests that Napoleon is powerful and physically imposing.
[3] Snowball’s character described as less imposing than Napoleon’s.
[4] Language used to describe Squealer indicates both his character and his role in the novel.

Foreshadowing | Hints Of What’s To Come

`Now, comrades,’ cried Snowball, throwing down the paint-brush, `to the hayfield! Let us make it a point of

honour

[5] to get in the harvest more quickly than Jones and his men could do.’

[5] ‘Honour’...


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