My Animal Farm takes place in a prison on a remote island off the coast of Florida. This prison isn’t a normal prison. This prison has part of the U.S. army staying there. The prisoners are sent to the prison to be interrogated by the army. The army leader forces the soldiers to torture the prisoners if they don’t answer their questions. The prisoners are fed up and tired. The idea of freedom has formed in their heads. Eventually they rebel and take down the army. For a couple of months, the prisoners live in peace. But some of the older prisoners are power hungry and come into power. The prisoners have now split into different classes. Throughout the story, the upper class begins to take advantage of the lower class.
The themes most seen are “Ideologies of Liberation Often Lead to Tyrannies” and “Humans Will Split into Different Classes…and One Class Will Take Advantage of the Other.” Orwell uses these two themes in his novella, so we will use his novella as a frame for the exploration of these two themes.
Ideologies of Liberation Often Lead to Tyrannies
My first theme is “Ideologies of Liberation Often Lead to Tyrannies.” In my Animal Farm, the prisoners were fed up, tired, and angry with being tortured. Eventually the thought of freedom crossed their minds. Then they revolted (just like the animals in Animal Farm). Surprisingly they took out the army. Now they had no person in charge. So the older prisoners took up that spot since it was open(like Napoleon and Snowball in Animal Farm).
Now the new government started to make the newer prisoners work long hours in the fields outside the jail (just like Napoleon in Animal Farm). They even began to torture them. The new government became a tyranny much like the previous government (also just like in Animal Farm). This is a great example of this theme. The prisoners had an idea about freedom and it led to a tyranny (like the animals in Animal Farm).
Humans Will Split into Different Classes…and One Class Will Take Advantage of the Other
My second theme is “Humans Will Split into Different Classes…and One Class Will Take Advantage of the Other.” In my Animal Farm, the older prisoners take the power after the army was taken out of power. After this happened there was a split into different classes. There was the upper class and the lower class. The upper class was made up by a couple of the older prisoners. The lower class was primarily made up of newer prisoners. The upper class begins to take advantage of the lower class because they are the newer prisoners (like the pigs in Animal Farm). They make them work long hours in the field and even begin to torture them. This is a great example of this theme. The humans split into different classes and one class took advantage of the other (much like the pigs and the other animals in Animal Farm).
In my Animal Farm, the U.S. Army represents mankind. They were the ones who were torturing the prisoners in the beginning. They were sent to that prison by the government to interrogate prisoners that were sent there.
The leader of the army represents Mr. Jones in my Animal Farm. His name is General Ruff Mcbuff. He is a very well known leader in the army. He is a very harsh and cruel man who doesn’t care about many people.
The pigs are represented by the upper class in my Animal Farm. These were the people who led the revolt against the army. They take advantage of the lower class and torture them. They don’t care about all the people working in the fields outside, and they want all the food for themselves.
Old Major is represented by the oldest prisoner at the jail. His name is Joseph Little. He proposed the idea of overthrowing the army right before he died. All the torture he received made him weak and caused him to die.
Napoleon is represented by one of the people who led the revolt against the army. His name is Robert Frost. Once the army was gone, he took the power. He is merciless and a tyrant. He just wants to use the lower class to do things for him. Jake was kicked out by him so he could have full power.
Snowball is represented by one of the people who also led the revolt against the army. His name is Jake Karl. He wanted good for everyone. Robert kicks him out because he was considered a threat to him. Jake is the opposite of Robert. He wants good for everyone, while Robert wants bad for everyone.
Squealer is Napoleon’s brother. His name is Jack Marx. Robert uses him to manipulate the lower class. Jack has a real talent. He has a way to convince you about anything. His words are so beautiful and gracefully composed to make you believe him. His job is to make sure the lower class is on Robert’s side. If there was no Jack, Robert would probably been overthrown.
The horses are represented by the lower class. They do all the hard work out in the fields. They are forced to do this by Robert. Robert tortures them when they don’t do their work. The horses just do what they are told and don’t question it. Jack is always telling them that Robert is always right, so they just do whatever it is they need them to do.
Boxer is represented by Peter Max. He is a very hard working individual who strives to work hard. He is one of the strongest people who work in the field. However, his intelligence isn’t up to par with his strength. He just blindly follows Robert, and Robert uses that a lot to his advantage.
The dogs are represented by Robert’s body gaurds. Anytime Robert goes out in public he has his body gaurds surround him. They are used for his protection. They are also used for scaring away people, so no one trys to go against Robert.
The Animal Farm/Manor Farm
In my Animal Farm, the Manor Farm represents a prison on an island off the coast of Florida. This is where the army is driven out of power and Napoleon takes the new power. This is where my story takes place.
In my Animal Farm, General Ruff’s office is the farmhouse. This is where Robert is most of the time and where he makes most of the desisions. After the army was removed from power, General Ruff’s office was not to be used ever agian. However Robert broke this rule after he came into power.