Animal Farm Setting

What is the setting for Animal Farm?

 

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The literal setting of the story is a farm somewhere in rural Southern England. But the allegorical setting is of course Soviet Russia. Orwell uses a farm for this allegory because the Russian Revolution took place in a country where the vast majority were peasants. This turned established Marxist orthodoxy on its head, which held that socialist revolutions could only take place in advanced capitalist countries.

Nevertheless, there were still a number of major towns and cities in Russia on the eve of the Revolution; and Orwell develops the theme of the relationship between town and country throughout the story. The dictator pig Napoleon sells out the principles of the Animalist revolution by establishing good relations with the hated human oppressors of the nearest town. Stalin, the Soviet dictator, reneged on his promises to the peasants in driving through a brutal, centralized campaign of state collectivization, which created...

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

 

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