Animal Farm Allegory

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Animal Farm Allegory

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Allegories rely on extensive symbolic meaning to convey their messages. For students to decipher and understand these extended metaphors, it is helpful to track parallels between the text and the larger issues it is representing. Check out our lesson on Allegory!

In Animal Farm, Orwell uses the allegory of animals revolting on a farm to condemn Stalinist Russia. Orwell creates many parallels between the farm and communist Russia. For example: the Commandments of Animalism mimic ideas that Karl Marx outlined in "The Communist Manifesto." The various animals in the novel were used to symbolize important figures of the Russian communist movement such as Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin.

As a lesson, have your students create a storyboard that shows the parallels between the events and characters of the farm and those during and after Russia’s communist revolution.


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Create a storyboard that shows examples of allegory in Animal Farm.


  1. Identify instances of allegory in the text.
  2. Depict and describe the example of allegory from the text on the left side.
  3. Depict and describe the reference to the larger issue or event on the right side.
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