Text and Context

Context is composed of events, setting, and other factors surrounding the creation of a text. Context can include history, or the historical events and setting surrounding a particular text. Authors are influenced by the place and time and ideas surrounding them while they write a text.

Watch this video comparing the text Animal Farm to the Russian Revolution. Notice the parallels between the text and the historical event. What does the video imply as the effect of the Russian Revolution on the way Orwell created Animal Farm?

As you read your text, (1) research the historical context in which the author has created the text and (2) add comments in your annotations referring to the historical context in which your text is situated.