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Please provide a quotation with details about the setting in Animal Farm.I have looked...

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megancello | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM via web

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Please provide a quotation with details about the setting in Animal Farm.

I have looked through the book, and I cannot find a decent quote referring to the setting. All I have is Old Major's speech on page 5 when he mentions England.

But I need a quote referring to the time period, the physical setting (England), and something that mentions that they live on a farm.


It can only be ONE passage/paragraph, though.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated. :-)

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Although Animal Farm is an allegory of the Russian Revolution, it does not itself take place in any specific time period.  The Russian Revolution occurred in 1917.  You are correct that the farm is in England.  We know this mainly because Old Major directly mentions England.  In fact, the closest statement about England is this one from chapter 1.

The soil of England is fertile, its climate is good, it is capable of affording food in abundance to an enormously greater number of animals than now inhabit it.

It sounds like this is indeed the specific quote you are looking for.  It mentions England and it mentions that the animals are on a farm.  Here is the rest of it.

This single farm of ours would support a dozen horses, twenty cows, hundreds of sheep--and all of them living in a comfort and a dignity that are now almost beyond our imagining.

We also know from the beginning of chapter 2 that Old Major died in early March.  At the end of Chapter 4 we learn that the  Battle of the Cowshed took place on October 12, which corresponds closely to the Russian October Revolution.

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megancello | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2011 at 10:50 PM (Answer #2)

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Thank you. (:

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