#Classic Animal Farm
- Author: George Orwell (1903 – 1950)
- Title: Animal Farm
- Genre: allegory
- Published: 1945
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Genre: allegory (140 pg)
- Timeless classic
- …..every one should read it
- …soon to be a Netflix film.
- After 50.308 reviews on Goodreads about this book…
- …there isn’t much more to tell!
- The story, published in 1945, is an allegory for
- Stalinist Russia in which animals rebel against the
- humans who own their farm and adopt
- the rule of equality for all.
- By the end of the story, a group
- of pigs has begun ruling the animals.
- Animal Farm is considered a work of social satire
- because Orwell employs irony to criticize
- the individuals/groups depicted in the novel.
- This story demands that readers think.
- Presenting the novel as a beast fable
- …contributes greatly to its brilliance.
- 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.
- All animals are equal, but some animals are MORE equal than others.” (ch 10)
- This statement is ironic because the concept of
- all are equal and “more equal” is really contradictory
- and does not make sense.
- The 7 commandments are changed…
- Each commandment is changed and the animals
- THINK they remember it the way it was before
- ….but are not sure.
- Irony: the READER KNOWS the pigs are taking over the farm
- …instituting a totalitarian regime
- ….but the animals don’t.
- The sad irony that a well-intentioned
- …”revolution” intended to bring about equality
- and a better life for the animals ends
- by recreating the same inequalities and
- …tyranny that provoked it in the first place.