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Module 5: Understanding the allegory, Part 2

So you've gotten this far and read all about this Communist revolution in Russia and "Animalism" and pigs in Animal Farm. What's the point right? Well, what is Communism? Does Orwell's allegory of it in Animal Farm work?

To explore the answers to these questions and the second key aspect of Orwell's allegory, let's take some time to learn more about Communism and "Animalism" and how they compare and contrast. At the end of the module, you will get a chance to evaluate Orwell's allegory of Communism and decide if it works well or not.

Karl Marx, painted portrait _DDC2787


  • Finish reading Animal Farm (if you are behind, it is time to catch up)
  • Read this article about Soviet Communism here.
  • Read the information about Communism on the the What is Communism page?

    Communism quiz

    Module 5 discussion

    • Head to the Module 5 Discussion page and collaborate with your classmates to generate a list of the central ideas of Animalism.

    Communism vs. Animalism assignment

    • Venture over to the Communism vs. Animalism assignment page to learn how to complete the major assignment for this module: a compare and contrast paper
    • Create a new Google Document, finish your paper, proofread, and share the document with the instructor. Make sure the settings are set to "Can edit" or "Can comment"

    I'm done!

    When you finish all of the tasks above, review your work to make sure it is the best you can do, make sure all work has been submitted to the correct place, and then click the button below to advance to Module 6.

    Module 1: Getting Started