Where Are the Sows?
: A Feminist Reading of George Orwell's Animal Farm

  • Andre Persson

Student thesis: Bachelor


This essay argues that the patriarchy is pervasive throughout George Orwell’s novella Animal Farm. By providing examples of narrative events and character actions, the essay aims to make evident the ways in which the patriarchy is represented throughout the novella. The concept of patriarchy is defined, and characters and events that take place within the narrative of Animal Farm are analyzed through the lens of traditional gender roles and toxic masculinity. Both male and female characters are included to present the ways in which society in Animal Farm is patriarchal and the essay argues that the presence of the patriarchy pervades the narrative. The presence of patriarchal structures can be seen throughout the narrative, including characters, character’s actions and how events are portrayed. To conclude, discussing the novella from a feminist theoretical perspective is good for understanding the work in a way that is different from most other analyses in academia and this essay argues that the patriarchy indeed is present throughout the narrative of Animal Farm

Date of Award2021-Jun-30
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMaria Freij (Supervisor) & Lena Ahlin (Examiner)

Courses and Subjects

  • English

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Specific Literatures (60204)


  • george orwell
  • animal farm
  • patriarchy
  • traditional gender roles
  • toxic masculinity.

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