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In Animal Farm there is an instersting cast of characters Each character or group of characters has a political representation However Orwell is more concerned with political psychology than with individual characters As Jenni Calder states The allegory is very precise in its use of the major figures and incidents of the Russian Revolution It expresses quite nakedly and with a complete lack of intellectual argument those aspects of Stalinism that most disturbed Orwell At the same time the humbleness and warmth of the narrative give an attractive obliqueness without turning the direction of the satire We can feel compassion for Orwells creatures in a way that we cannot for Winston Smith for the stark narrative of 1984 stuns our capacity for reaction But Animal Farm is equally relentless in its message -Jenni Calder Chronicles of Conscience 1968 Remember this is a fable not a novel The animals are meant to represent certain types of human beings and ideas not complex individuals Some of them are even group characters without any individual name the sheep Napoleons dogs the hens The main character of Animal Farm is actually all of the animals taken together as a group Its what happens to the group as a whole- whether their Rebellion succeeds or fails and why- that really matters Still it is important to notice the distinctions between certain types and individuals To start with we have the pigs The pigs lead the Rebellion from the start and progressively take on the same power and characteristics as the human masters they helped overthrow They represent corrupted human leaders in particular the Bolsheviks who led the overthrow of the capitalist Russian government only
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