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"Animal Farm" is often read as a critique against Soviet communism, which it is and was clearly meant to be. But it is much more general than that. It is a warning that all who desire to be political leaders are suspect. George Orwell.

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Introduction

Well first for some delightful information about the book, and the author. "Animal Farm" is often read as a critique against Soviet communism, which it is and was clearly meant to be. But it is much more general than that. It is a warning that all who desire to be political leaders are suspect. George Orwell, after all, is the man who said, "That rifle on the wall of the laborer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there!" Some--probably most--events in the book are clearly taken from the Russian experience. The animals all address themselves as "comrade", for example. And the fight between Napoleon and Snowball seems a near parallel to that between Stalin and Trotsky. But others seem to be taken directly from the American experience. The animals are Irish and English, kicking out their English overlord. ...read more.

Middle

Someday comrades, he says, there will be a rebellion and the animals will take over. Old Major dies shortly after the meeting. Three of the pigs, Snowball, Napolion and Squealer develops Majors teachings even further and calls the ideology Animalism. The three of them manages to make all the animals at the farm, believe in, and fight for, their ideas. The rebellion comes sooner then anyone could've imagined. The animals are left to starve, and when they finally help them selves to some food, their crapulous owner, Mr Jones, and his men, furiously crack their whips upon them. Overtaken by rage, the hungry animals chase their tormentors off the property. Suddenly they have the farm to them selves and they almost immediately rename it, from that day on, it's to be called Animalfarm. A new era begins, where all animals are equal, though the pigs have some privileges, since they consider them selves to be the hardest working animals. ...read more.

Conclusion

Napoleon has a great deal in common with Stalin. If you know the history of Russia and think hard enough you could probably find an equivalent to most of the characters and events in the novel. "Animalfarm" is definitely worth reading. Though it may seem as if you have to know the Russian History in order to get something out of this book, that is definitely not the case. The message is crystal clear even without that knowledge. After all, Russia isn't the only country where a good idea has been abused and used for evil purposes. George Orwell wrote Animal Farm to inform the public of the potential corruption of communism and the totalitarian state of government. The book is an incredible extended metaphor that will inform you of your most important asset, your freedom. Although 'Animal Farm' is only 10 Chapters in length, it is extremely thought-provoking with the meaning behind the story. Its appeal is that it passes comment on various Communist and Rascist regimes which were particularly prevalent in the 20th Century, but it also gives an insight into human behavior. ...read more.

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