Characteristics of Animal Farm Characters Flashcard Example #62537

Napoleon
-Pig
-Emerges as leader of Rebellion
-Based on Joseph Stalin, uses military force (attack dogs) to intimidate other animals and consolidate power
-Napoleon proves more treacherous than Snowball
Snowball
-Pig
-challenges Napoleon for control of Animal Farm after Rebellion
-Based on Leon Trotsky, is intelligent, passionate, eloquent, and less subtle & devious than Napoleon
-Seems to win the loyalty of the other animals and cement his power
Boxer
-Cart-horse
-Incredible strength, dedication, and loyalty
-quick to help but slow-witted
-Key role in early prosperity of Animal Farm & completion of the windmill
-Shows much devotion to Animal Farm’s ideals but little ability to think about them independently
-gullibly trusts the pigs to make his decisions
-Mottoes=”I will work harder” ; “Napoleon is always right”
Squealer
-Pig
-Spreads Napoleon’s propaganda
-Justifies pigs’ monopolization
-Spreads false statistics pointing to farm’s success
-used to explore ways power uses rhetoric and language to twist the truth and gain and maintain social & political control
Old Major
-Prize-winning boar
-vision of utopia serves as inspiration for Rebellion
-3 days after speech, he dies
-Based on German political economist Karl Marx & Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Ilych Lenin
Clover
-Female cart-horse
-Good-hearted
-Boxer’s close friend
-Often suspects pigs of violating 1+ of the Seven Commandments
-Then repeatedly blames herself for remembering the Commandments wrong
Moses
-Tame raven
-spreads stories of Sugarcandy Mountain, a paradise where animals go after they die,
Used to explore how communism exploits religion as something which to pacify the oppression
Mollie
-Mare
-Vain ; flighty
-pulls Mr. Jones carriage
-Craves the attention of human beings
-Love being groomed and pampered
-Difficulty with Animalism in Farm
-Misses wearing ribbons in her man and eating sugar cubes
-Represents petit bourgeoisie that fled from Russia a few years after Rebellion
Benjamin
-Donkey
-Long-lived
-Refuses to feel inspired by Rebellion
-Firm believer in the idea that life will remain unpleasant no matter who’s in charge
-Alone comprehends the changes that take place
-Seems unwilling or unable to oppose the pigs
Muriel
-White goat
-Reads Seven Commandments to Clover whenever Clover suspects the pigs of violating their prohibitions
Mr. Jones
-Often drunk farmer
-Runs Manor Farm before Rebellion
-Unkind master
-Indulges himself while his animals lack food
Represents Tsar Nicholas II
Mr. Frederick
-Tough, shrewd operator in Pinchfield in neighboring farm
-Based on Adolf Hitler, ruler of Nazi Germany, he is an untrustworthy neighbor
Mr. Pilkington
-Farmer
-Easy-going gentleman
-Runs Foxwood, a neighboring farm
-Mr. Frederick’s bitter enemy
-Represents capitalist governments of England and the United States
Mr. Whymper
-Human solicitor
-hired by Napoleon to represent Animal Farm in human society
-his entry into AF initiates contact b/w AF and human society which alarmed common animals
Jessie and Bluebell
-Two dogs
-Mothers who give birth to puppies in the early part of book
-Have puppies taken by Napoleon so he could “educate” them
Minimus
-Poet pig
-Writes verse about Napoleon
-pens the banal patriotic song “Animal Farm, Animal Farm” to replace earlier idealistic hymn “Beasts of England”

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