The Animal Farm Characters
Mr. Jones was the owner of Manor Farm, but, in the second chapter, he was chased off it by the animals. Other humans to play roles in “Animal Farm” included Mr. Whymper, Mr. Frederick and Mr. Pilkington.
The pigs are generally thought of as the more intelligent ones on the farm. The major characters in this animal grouping are old Major, Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer.
Old Major got the ball rolling by firing up the rest of the animals with a passionate speech in the novella’s first chapter. He also shared, “Beasts of England,” a song that was sung with passion by rebellious animals throughout “Animal Farm.” Napoleon and Snowball battled for power before Napoleon got his way by using the dogs that he had trained to chase his opponent off the farm. Squealer then acted as Napoleon’s one-pig public relations department.
Boxer is the most famous horse in “Animal Farm.” He is known for his hard work ethic and his needing to simplify things for them to make sense to him. He ends up being the focus for what may have been the most heartbreaking moment in “Animal Farm.”
However, the other horses and donkeys played significant roles too. Mollie, despite not being mentioned often, was interesting in that she was so unlike the rest of the animals and was so easily led astray and into a different area of the community. Clover seemed smart enough to figure out that the commandments were being changed but fell just short of fully being able to do that. Benjamin ended up being arguably the smartest one on the farm as he didn’t expect much to change in the long run after the pigs took over, and he was right.
Several other animals also played pivotal roles in “Animal Farm.” The dogs serve as the pigs’ bodyguards. The raven is an evangelist. The sheep are not smart but are easily trained to bleat, “Four legs good, two legs bad,” at moments that help keep any opposing views to what had been discussed prior to that occurring from being voiced.