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Animal Farm Chapter 4

| Monday October 03, 2011



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A Guide to Animal Farm
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  • The animals try to spread word of their revolution to other farms.
  • Jones, assisted by Pilkington & Frederick, attacks Animal Farm to end the revolution.
  • Snowball leads the animals to victory at the Battle of the Cowshed.

The Build Up To The Battle

The revolution has been successful against one farmer but the neighbouring farmers are worried and launch a counter attack.  We see the pigs as the rulers of Animal Farm – they have planned what to do in the event of an attack and direct the response like generals in the field.

Early in October, when the corn was cut and stacked and some of it was already threshed, a flight of pigeons came whirling through the air and alighted in the yard of Animal Farm in the wildest excitement. Jones and all his men, with half a dozen others from Foxwood and Pinchfield, had entered the five-barred gate and were coming up the cart-track that led to the farm. They were all carrying sticks, except Jones, who was marching ahead with a gun in his hands. Obviously they were going to attempt the recapture of the farm.

This had long been expected, and all preparations had been made.

Snowball, who had studied an old book of Julius Caesar’s campaigns [1] which he had found in the farmhouse, was in charge of the defensive operations. He gave his orders quickly, and in a couple of minutes every animal was at his post

. [2]

[1] Snowball shown as an intellectual; using books to inform his planning.
[2] The pigs give orders and the other animals obey – this shows how the pigs are taking control and power.

The Battle of the Cowshed

The battle is described in brutal detail - Orwell describes the violence using emotive language.  This paints a vivid picture of the battle and serves to make the reader feel involved in the action.

The men gave a shout of triumph.


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