Analysis of Animal Farm in Secondary 1 Literature
Students of Secondary 1 Literature have begun reading Animal Farm by George Orwell. Students have examined the historical context and ideological influences integral to a deep understanding of Orwell’s satirical take on Soviet Russia. We reviewed the major events of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the subsequent reign of Stalin to make connections to this highly symbolic work. The cast of characters is vast, and so students constructed a character chart. Students exercised their critical thinking skills by citing evidence from the text to support their impressions of the characters. In addition to the character chart, students analyzed the 7 Commandments of Animal Farm. They discussed the validity, fairness and practicality of the 7 Commandments, while creating a valuable visual aid for the classroom. We will refer to these charts throughout our exploration of Orwell’s masterpiece and look at how they metamorphize throughout the novel.