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February 26, 2020

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#Classic Animal Farm

by N@ncy

Finished: 26.02.2020
Genre: allegory (140 pg)
Rating: A+++
#Classic


Conclusion:

  1. Timeless classic
  2. …..every one should read it
  3. …soon to be a Netflix film.
  4. After 50.308 reviews on Goodreads about this book…
  5. …there isn’t much more to tell!
  6. The story, published in 1945, is an allegory for
  7. Stalinist Russia in which animals rebel against the
  8. humans who own their farm and adopt
  9. the rule of equality for all.
  10. By the end of the story, a group
  11. of pigs has begun ruling the animals.
  12. Animal Farm is considered a work of social satire
  13. because Orwell employs irony to criticize
  14. the individuals/groups depicted in the novel.
  15. This story demands that readers think.
  16. Presenting the novel as a beast fable
  17. …contributes greatly to its brilliance.
  18. Lessons learned:
    1. Power corrupts
    2. Revolutions tend to come full circle and devour their peoples
    3. Even good, descent people are vulnerable
    ….to power hunger and leader worship.

VERBAL IRONY

  1. All animals are equal, but some animals are MORE equal than others.” (ch 10)
  2. This statement is ironic because the concept of
  3. all are equal and “more equal” is really contradictory
  4. and does not make sense.

DRAMATIC IRONY

  1. The 7 commandments are changed…
  2. Each commandment is changed and the animals
  3. THINK they remember it the way it was before
  4. ….but are not sure.
  5. Irony: the READER KNOWS the pigs are taking over the farm
  6. …instituting a totalitarian regime
  7. ….but the animals don’t.

SITUATIONAL IRONY

  1. The sad irony that a well-intentioned
  2. …”revolution” intended to bring about equality
  3. and a better life for the animals ends
  4. by recreating the same inequalities and
  5. …tyranny that provoked it in the first place.
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  1. Our book club shall be reading this one this summer.

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    • Feb 27 2020

      This book published on 1945 after it was rejected many times as
      …too controversial post WW II
      …takes on a whole new impact when you read in these ‘Trumpian’ times!

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  2. Feb 27 2020

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Basically Orwell’s response to the Spanish Civil War.

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