Animal Farm Characters

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Animal Farm Characters


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Before or during reading, it is helpful to review the ways that this novel is allegorical. Students will need knowledge of important Russian figures, and how they relate to the characters of Animal Farm. If starting this assignment while reading, students can complete this character map to help keep track of important attributes of each character. If completing before reading, internet research may be helpful to establish prominent figures and characteristics of particular communist leaders that play a significant role in the allegory.

Be sure to check out our resources on the Russian Revolution and Communism!

Important Figures in Animal Farm and Communism

Old Major He is the first of the animals who stands up for the working class. It is his original suggestion to revolt against the humans.Karl Marx/Lenin
Snowball A true leader of the revolt, the other animals look up to him. He is the one who comes up with the plans for a windmill.Leo Trotsky
Napoleon After Old Major's death, Napoleon uses Snowball to continue Major's dream. After the rebellion, he seizes control, becoming a tyrant.Stalin
Squealer Squealer often speaks for Napoleon and is excellent at using rhetoric to manipulate the animals.Russian Media
Boxer & Clover Boxer is a working horse who believes wholeheartedly in the cause. He works himself to death for "Animalism".The Russian Working Class
Mollie A horse who was never for the rebellion, she eventually is lured away from the farm because she does not believe in the animals' ideology.Russia's Upper Classes/Loyal to Czar
Benjamin A smart, wise, old donkey who can read and write just as well as the pigs. He continuously remarks that donkeys live a long time, suggesting that with age comes wisdom.The Older Generation of Russians
Moses A raven who speaks of a lost paradise for animals called "Sugar Candy Mountain."Russian Orthodox Church
Bluebell, Jessie, and Pincher These dogs are Napoleon's enforcers. He uses the dogs to run Snowball off the farm.The Police/Military
Mr. & Mrs. Jones The drunk farmer that owned the farm before the animals took over. He dies with hopes to regain the farm but never does.Tsar Nicholas II and the Former Aristocracy
Mr. Whymper A capitalist that Napoleon hires to work deals with neighboring farms for him.Capitalism in the Soviet Union
Mr. Pilkington A landowner of a neighboring farm who sells Napoleon some land. In the end, he oddly cheers Napoleon's success, which seems fake!Leaders of England
Mr. Frederick Owner of Pinchfield Farm, who is notorious for "driving hard bargains", swindles Napoleon by buying timber from him with counterfeit bills. He later tries to take Animal Farm forcibly, but is unsuccessful.Leaders of Germany

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Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in Animal Farm and type their names into the title boxes on the left side of the chart.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Identify the corresponding historical figures for each of the literary characters.
  5. Use Search at the top for appropriate images from Photos for Class to represent each historical figure.
  6. Fill in Textables for Characteristics, Beliefs/Ideals, and Alliances & Enemies for both literary characters and historical figures.
  7. Save and submit the assignment.
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