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In which country does George Orwell's Animal Farm take place?

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lexus | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 23, 2007 at 9:50 AM via web

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In which country does George Orwell's Animal Farm take place?

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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted March 23, 2007 at 10:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Animal Farm takes place at an unspecified time on a British farm near Willingdon, a town that is mentioned only in passing.

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ecofan74 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted July 31, 2009 at 1:41 AM (Answer #2)

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In the beginning of the novel, Orwell makes it very clear that the ostensible setting of the story is England, particularly a farm near Willlingdon (where Orwell conceived of the novel).  In a larger sense, however, the setting is not as easy to discern.  As the novel is clearly a satirical attack on Stalinist Russia, one could argue that the true setting of Animal Farm is in a communist state.  There is very little evidence to suggest Animal Farm makes a strong statement about England itself.  Each of the farms with which the reader comes into contact throughout the novel are not really a part of the English landscape.  They are merely a set of farms that happen to be located in England.

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