Explain how the human characters contribute to the novel's themes.

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The most important human characters in Animal Farm are the farmers who interact with or live near with the animals.

Thematically, the existence of humans and animals living in proximity shows that the animals are not innately different from humans, no matter what they might initially think. Animals are just as prone to moral weaknesses and failures, corruption, stupidity, and a will to power as are the humans. While the animals try to differentiate themselves on the basis of what they think of as innate differences, such as standing on four legs rather than two, these traits turn out to be...

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This novel is roughly based on the Russian Revolution, which is a series of revolutions that took place in Russia in 1917. Each character in the novel represents one of that in the RR. For example: Napoleon can be based on Joseph Stalin as the Battle of the Cowshed can be based on the Russian Civil War. (Stalin was leader of the USSR, and created 'stalinism.') (you can search animal farm on wikipedia and look under characters, you will find who is who.)

When I was writting a report with this almost exact question I used the following websites.

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/animalfarm/themes.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_farm#Characters

 

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