Animal Farm Themes, Symbols, & Motifs

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Animal Farm Themes, Symbols & Motifs

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Themes, symbols, and motifs are valuable aspects of any literary work, and they add richness to stories. Part of the Common Core ELA standards is to introduce and explain these complex concepts. However, abstract ideas are often difficult for students to analyze without assistance. Using a storyboard, students can visually demonstrate their understanding of these concepts, and master analysis of literary elements. For best practices, see our supplementary article with specific lesson plan steps on setting up your classroom and activities to teach themes, symbols, and motifs.

In the classroom, students can track the rich themes that George Orwell uses throughout Animal Farm. They will analyze the instances of themes, symbols, and motifs as they appear in the novel either while they read or after they've finished.


Themes to Look for and Discuss

  • Abuse of Language
  • Power
  • Naive Working Class
  • Lies and Deceit
  • Rules and Order

Motifs and Imagery

  • Milk and Apples
  • The Windmill
  • Names
  • Songs
  • Betrayal of Principles

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes, motifs, and imagery in Animal Farm. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from Animal Farm you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.
  5. Add a second, third, or fourth row if analyzing multiple themes or motifs.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

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