Mr. Pilkington-THE WEST

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Who is Mr. Pilkington?
  • A character in the book Animal Farm written by George Orwell
  • Mr. Pilkington represents the west in George Orwells Animal Farm.

Important Aspects of Mr. Pilkington:

A. Fear of Rebellion:
  • Mr. Pilkington discusses with Mr. Fredrick his fear of the rebellion. (chapter 4)
  • Mr. Pilkington and Mr. Fredrick are constantly fighting (chapter 4)
B. Broken Promises
  • Napoleon takes back a promise he made to Mr. Pilkington to sell him timber. Instead he sells the wood to Mr. Fredrick. (chapter 8)
  • When the animals learn they have been cheated they send a message to Pilkington in hopes to recover their relationship. Pilkington does not agree. (chapter 8)
  • Napoleon invites Mr.Pilkington to his farmhouse for dinner. (chapter 10)
3. The Future:
  • The book ends with Pilkington and Napoleon throwing down the ace of spades, indicating that they have both been cheating. (chapter 10)

The west During the 1930's:

A. Fear of Communism
  • During the 1930's both the United States and the United Kingdom were afraid of communism spreading onto their land.
  • The United states and United Kingdom were in constant quarrels with Germany.
B. Broken Promises
  • In 1939 Hitler and Stalin signed a non-aggression pact, shocking the rest of the world.
  • Stalin was supposed to sign an Ant-Germany Act with Brittan and France.
  • In June of 1941 Hitler broke the non-aggression act by launching a massive attack on Russia.
  • Stalin then sought an alliance with the west against Hitler.
C. The Future
  • In 1943 a conference is held between the USA, UK, and Soviet Union. At this meeting they discussed and agreed upon a joint military strategy.

How Does Mr. Pilkington Relate to The West in the 1930's?
The West in the 1930's
Animal Farm (Mr. Pilkington Specifically)
  • USA and the UK are afraid of communism spreading.
  • Mr. Pilkington is afraid of the animal rebellion spreading
  • Germany is in consent quarrels with the USA and the UK
  • Mr. Pilkington and Mr. Fredrick are always fighting
  • Stalin backs out of his agreement to sign the anti-Germany act with Brittan and France
  • Napoleon backs out of his agreement to sell Mr. Pilkington the timber
  • Instead Stalin signs an non-aggression pact with Germany
  • Instead Napoleon sells the timber to Mr. Fredrick
  • Hitler Breaks the Anti-Aggression Act by launching attack on Russia. Russia then seeks alliance with the west against Germany
  • Animals send a message to Pilkington seeking an alliance against Mr. Fredrick.
  • Meeting held with the USA, UK, and Soviet Union
  • Fancy dinner between the pigs and Mr. Pilkington

Important Quotes from Animal Farm:

"Mr. Pilkington was an easy going gentleman farmer who spent most of his time fishing or hunting according to the season." (chapter 4, page 38)

"Never the less, they were both frightened by the rebellion on animal farm, and very anxious to prevent their own animals from learning too much about it. At first they pretended to laugh and scorn the idea of animals managing a farm themselves." (chapter 4, page 38)

"When time had passed and the animals had eventually not starved to death, Mr. Fredrick and Pilkington changed their tune and began to talk of the terrible wickedness that flourished on Animal Farm." (chapter 4, page 39)

"Napoleon was engaged in complicated negotiations with Fredrick and Pilkington. The pile of timber was still unsold. Of the two, Fredrick was the more anxious one to get a hold of it"(Chapter 8, page 95)

"Throughout the whole period of his seaming friendship with pilkington, Napoleon had really been in secret agreement with Fredrick." (chapter 8, page 99)

"If Pilkington and his men would help them, the day might yet be won. But at this moment the four pigeons, who had been sent out on the day before, returned, one of them bearing a scrap of paper from Pilkington. On it was penciled the words: 'Serves you right.' "(chapter 8, page 102)

Shmoop University. (2010). Mr. Pilkington. (2010) Animal Farm.

Orwell, G. (1946).Animal Farm. New York, New York. New American Library