Orwell’s Anthropomorphic Representation of Politicians and Common People in Animal Farm

Mariwan N. Hasan, Najat I. Sayakhan


This paper attempts to explore the use of anthropomorphism in George Orwell’s novella, Animal Farm. It also points out the author's intention in the use of anthropomorphism. This explication aims at laying a finger on Orwell's overuse of anthropomorphism in the novella, focusing on its meaning and usage. Anthropomorphism, which is our main concern in this inquiry, is one of the figures of speech. Theories of anthropomorphism and its specifications are highlighted. The analysis of the novella and a corpus-based investigation of anthropomorphism is analysed in Animal Farm, trying to find out Orwell’s motives behind this linguistic device. Then the linguistic device is applied in the novella Animal Farm, and to find out a proper approach to teach the use of anthropomorphism in Orwell's Animal Farm. Orwell uses anthropomorphism in the novella Animal Farm to portray people of power and the ordinary people during the Soviet Revolution, and to unveil his feelings about it. In general, this inquiry demonstrates that this linguistic device has a key role and that the decoration's outlook needs more reassessment.



Anthropomorphism, George Orwell, Animal Farm, Characters, Politicians.

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