Animal Farm Setting

What is the setting for Animal Farm?


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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As mentioned by other educators, the setting of Animal Farm is Manor Farm which is owned and managed by Mr and Mrs Jones. Orwell does not reveal any further details about the farm nor about the time period, more generally.

From the first chapter of the story, however, it is clear that Manor Farm is not quite like other farms in England. Mr Jones, for instance, is portrayed as someone who is more interested in getting drunk than tending to his animals. We see this in the opening line when he is so "drunk" that he forgets to the close the "popholes."

Mr Jones' drunken incompetence and the violence of his farmhands ignites the animals and acts as a catalyst for rebellion. So, while the story's title implies that the setting is a  typical and idyllic English farm, the reality is quite the opposite. 

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to the above details, Manor Farm seems to be wedged between or at least neighbors with two farmers, Pilkington and Fredrick.

Manor Farm is set to represent Russian Revolution era Russia, while these two other farms might represent Great Britian, Germany, and/or the United States. Each of these countries had a different political ideology from one another as well as Russia. Setting involves both time and place and the Russian Revolution took place in 1917-18, while the reign of Lenin lasted until 1924. Since Stalin is represented by Napoleon, the represented activity of the book took place after that.


pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

All that is really clear is that the setting is a farm somewhere in England.  It is somewhere near to a town called Willingdon.  At the start of the book, the name of the farm is Manor Farm and its owner is Mr. Jones.  We have nothing to really indicate when the book is set, although there does not seem to be much mechanization (tractors and such -- we know this because Boxer pulls wagons and Mollie pulls carts) so it must be sometime relatively long ago (like around 1900 maybe).

thunderedx | Student

both of the above and the time- set of several years and seasons