Animal Farm Quotes Flashcard Example #42548

“Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?” (Page 9)
Speaker: Old Major
Talking to: All the animals
Situation: Old Major calls all the animals together and tells them about the dream he had the night before. This quote is part of his speech about the worthlessness of humanity and this speech incites rebellion in the animals, which leads to the Revolution.
“…a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm, not much of a talker, but with a reputation for getting his own way.” (page 16)
Describes: Napoleon
Situation: This is Napoleon described before the Rebellion. He is ‘special’ because he is the only one of his kind on the farm. He is intimidating and probably a bully. He represents Stalin.
“…more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.” (page 16)
Describes: Snowball
Situation: This is Snowball described before the Rebellion. Snowball is clever, witty, and lively, but also apparently kind of shallow. He sort of becomes the leader after the Rebellion. Before he is driven out, his is the most influential pig on the farm. He represents Trotsky.
“…very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice. 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.” (page 16)
Describes: Squealer
Situation: This is Squealer described before the Rebellion. Squealer is small and fat, but he has persuasive body language and is the best manipulator on the farm. He is so persuasive that he can completely change the point of view of others.
“Will there still be sugar after the Rebellion?” (page 17)
Speaker: Mollie
Talking to: the pigs (mostly Snowball)
Situation: Mollie asks this question before the Revolution. She is a pampered mare who represents the middle class, and she enjoys eating sugar and wearing ribbons. She is unsettled by the knowledge that she won’t have these things after the Revolution. She ends up leaving because of it. The irony is that the very things that the pigs deem a mark of slavery end up being the things the pigs use to show their superiority.
“I will work harder!” (first time: page 29)
Speaker: Boxer
Situation: Boxer is the hardest worker on the farm and this is one of his personal maxims. This is Boxer’s solution when the situation becomes difficult or relationships become strained. He ends up working himself so hard that he collapses his lung.
“Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey.” (page 30)
Speaker: Benjamin
Situation: Benjamin is the only animal who refuses to become excited about the Revolution. He represents the older generation, and he believes that nothing will ever change and none of his actions will have any affect on their situation. He remains static throughout nearly the entire novel, only showing emotion when he realizes that Boxer is being sent to the slaughter house.
“Comrades!” he cried. “You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples.” (page 35)
Speaker: Squealer
Talking to: All the animals
Situation: When the cows are milked and the apples are harvested, the milk and apples go to the pigs. Squealer claims these foods ‘contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig.’ However, this is just one of the early signs of corruption.
“I have no wish to take life, not even human life.” (page 43)
Speaker: Boxer
Talking to: All the animals (but mostly Snowball)
Situation: The Battle of the Cowshed has just been won. During the battle, Boxer kicked a stable boy in the head and they presumed him to be dead (he was actually just unconscious). Boxer is horrified and regretful, but Snowball just congratulates him and says ‘the only good human being is a dead one.’
“I have something very serious to say to you. This morning I saw you looking over the hedge that divides Animal Farm from Foxwood. One of Mr. Pilkington’s men was standing on the other side of the hedge. And–I was a long way away, but I am almost certain I saw this–he was talking to you and you were allowing him to stroke your nose.” (page 45-46)
Speaker: Clover
Talking to: Mollie
Situation: Mollie is unhappy with the situation at the farm. She went from a pampered, middle class life to the life of a common worker, and she doesn’t like it. She allows herself to be stroked by a human in an effort to return to her former life, and she accepts sugar cubes and ribbons from him. Right after this incident, Mollie disappears, and it is revealed that she is now a cart horse with a privileged life and a kind master.
“If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right.” (page 82)
Speaker: Boxer
Talking to: Squealer
Situation: When Squealer claims that Snowball was actually in league with Jones the entire time, Boxer, for the first time, protests. He believes that this isn’t true (and he is right). However, when Squealer tells him that this is what Napoleon has said, Boxer backs down right away. Apparently Boxer has a great deal of respect for him (why, I have no idea). This becomes his other maxim. However, this incident also reveals to Squealer that Boxer could potentially be a threat to the rule of the pigs.
“Tactics, comrades, tactics!” (page 58)
Speaker: Squealer
Talking to: All the animals
Situation: Squealer says this after Napoleon chases Snowball out of the farm and claims his windmill plan as his own. Squealer claims that the plan was Napoleon’s all along and that Snowball stole it from him, so Napoleon bided his time and ‘seemed to oppose the windmill, simply as a manoeuvre to get rid of Snowball, who was a dangerous character and a bad influence.’
“I think you will be able to finish the windmill without me. There is a pretty good store of stone accumulated. I had only another month to go in any case.” (page 119)
Speaker: Boxer
Talking to: All the animals (but mostly Clover and Benjamin)
Situation: Boxer has just collapsed because of lung problems and can’t get up. He is nearing his retirement age, so he was old and still working hard, and his body just couldn’t support him. However, instead of being worried about his health, Boxer just says that the rest of the work on the windmill could probably be done without him, as most of the stone is already ready to be used.
“Fools! Fools! …Do you not see what is written on the side of that van?” (page 122)
Speaker: Benjamin
Talking to: All the animals
Situation: Squealer told the animals that Boxer would be sent to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, but instead he is put in a cart that has this painted on the side: ‘Alfred Simmonds, Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler, Willingdon. Dealer in Hides and Bone-Meal. Kennels supplied.’ Benjamin, who is one of the only animals who can read, spurs them to help Boxer. The animals are horrified but they cannot stop the cart, and Boxer is never seen again.
“I was at his bedside at the very last. And at the end, almost too weak to speak, he whispered in my ear that his sole sorrow was to have passed on before the windmill was finished.” (page 124)
Speaker: Squealer
Talking to: All the animals
Situation: The pigs realize that the animals recognized that the cart that took Boxer away was one that went to a horse slaughtering facility, and Squealer makes up an elaborate story to trick them into thinking that ‘the van had previously been the property of the knacker, and had been bought by the veterinary surgeon, who had not yet painted the old name out.’ Squealer is such a good manipulator that almost all the animals believe him (with the exception of Clover, Benjamin, and maybe Muriel). It turns out that the pigs sold Boxer to the knacker and used the money to buy a case of whiskey (horrible drunkards they all deserve to die).
“He believed that he was right in saying that the lower animals on Animal Farm did more work and received less food than any animals in the county…. “If you have your lower animals to contend with,” he said, “we have our lower classes!” (page 137-138)
Speaker: Mr. Pilkington
Talking to: His fellow humans and the pigs
Situation: Napoleon has invited the neighboring humans to come over to view his farm. At this point, the pigs are walking upright on two legs, are wearing clothes, and carry whips around with them. Mr. Pilkington realizes that the animals on the farm do way more work, get fed much less, and don’t complain. The animals, even through everything that has happened, still believe that they are better off than when Jones was in charge (they are actually worse off). They work so hard and tolerate the harsh conditions because they still believe they are working for themselves.

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