Animal Farm by George Orwell is a dystopian vision of society based on the early years of communist Russia. It is an allegory filled with elements of what can happen in the wake of a popular revolution. Like many dystopias, the society's goal was to build a utopia where its members live in harmony, but these ideals quickly transformed into something darker.
Animal Farm Conflict Activity | Have students identify types of conflict in Animal Farm
MAN vs MAN
MAN vs SELF
MAN vs SOCIETY
Napoleon vs. Snowball. These two pigs have it out for each other. As Napoleon becomes a tyrannical dictator, Snowball struggles to find order. Napoleon eventually uses brute force to run Snowball off the farm.
Boxer worries about the farm, and blames himself. When Napoleon starts killing other animals, he says, "I would not have believed that such things could happen on our farm. It must be due to some fault in ourselves."
The Animals vs. Society/Humans. Old Major begins the ideology of "Animalism", which goes against the current way of life.