Straylight Book Discussion: “Animal Farm” by George Orwell

Chances are, you’ve read “Animal Farm” by George Orwell sometime during your four years in high school. And chances are, you enjoyed reading this short novel. So why not join Straylight in discussing this 1945 classic that incorporates the events leading up to the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s leadership in the Soviet Union.

While you might not get free food in this dystopian world, you definitely will at this book discussion. Feel free to bring in something of your own.

A classic book, great discussions, and free food? You can’t go wrong!

When: Friday, April 18th at 6:00 P.M.
Where: UW-Parkside in CART 233

Just park in the Rita Tallent parking lot and go to the second floor of the Communication Arts building.

Don’t have the book or can’t get one from the library? You can read it right here.

Please check out our Facebook event page to sign up and invite your friends!

Don’t be fooled by the cute names of Snowball and Squealer. This is definitely a killer.

Discussion Questions 

1.) How do the pigs gain the rights to the cow’s milk? Why do the other animals allow this to occur? What does this event suggest about the power hierarchy on the farm?

2.) How does the original vision of Animalism become the slogan “Four legs bad, two legs good”? In your opinion, do the animals want rules with simple language? What kind of language do the pigs use?

3.) Characterize Snowball as a leader. Do you think his reaction to the stable-boy’s death is the appropriate reaction to have during a revolution?

4.) What technique does Orwell use to cast doubt on the likelihood of a successful revolution?

5.) Do you think it’s fair that those who are more educated or more skilled—like the pigs in Animal Farm—have more influence in decision making? Consider how decisions are made in your community, state, or in the nation.

6.) What dealings does Napoleon have with Frederick and Pilkington? How does the battle over the windmill affect the animals? What events from Soviet history is Orwell highlighting?

7.) What changes are made to the Fifth and Sixth Commandments? How is the entire list of Commandments ultimately refashioned? What point is Orwell making about the role of communication in Soviet society?