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Animal Farm

by George Orwell

Published: 1945

Country: United Kingdom

Publisher: Secker and Warburg

Animal Farm is George Orwell’s satire on the Communist Soviet Union under Stalin. Satire is a method which uses grotesque humour to make fun of the powerful-another very famous example of which is Gulliver’s Travels.

Although The Soviet Union no longer exists but the satire remains powerful, because it can be applied to any regime which exercises total control over its people and manipulates the truth to keep its people in ignorance and obedience. Orwell used the brilliant idea of farm animals rebelling against their circumstances in the name of equality, only for the pigs to hoard power and wealth for themselves, becoming in turn identical to the original regime.

When he wrote this short novel (novella), Stalin was Britain and America’s ally against Nazi Germany, and Orwell had great difficulty getting the book published. But Orwell thought that you should tell the truth- even against your enemy’s enemy, and his satire has become an established classic all over the world.

Animal Farm Essays

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Animal Farm: why did the rebellion fail in the end after all the work, time and, most of all, effort that they put in?

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The novel focuses on animals in a farm in England, called ''Manor Farm''. While building a windmill for electricity they encounter many problems such as greedy pigs, spiteful men and death.

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Animal Farm

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Towards the end of the First World War in 1917 the defeated Russian nation was forced to surrender to the mighty German army. This leads to the abdication of the Russian Monarchy and the installation of a liberal provisional government.

Animal Farm is written on three levels. Discuss

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'Animal Farm' is set on 'Manor Farm,' an establishment run poorly by the lazy, drunken Mr Jones. The animals on the farm are badly treated; they are not fed, milked or shut in properly. Inspired by the last words of a wise and idealistic pig, 'Old Major,' the animals evict...

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Animal Farm

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'Animal Farm,' a novel by George Orwell, has a theme based around power; how it is abused and how it's used in a good way.

Analysis of satire in Animal Farm

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The main purpose of satire is to attack, and intensely criticise the target subject. This is superbly carried out in the classic piece of satire, Animal Farm. The main targets at the brunt of this political satire are the society that was created in Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and the leaders involved in it.

An Analysis of Animal Farm

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Sitting in front of my computer and reflecting about a historical representation, where I should bring in evidence it's political underlying, which of course is one and the same with its author's political views. I thought about this animated movie that I saw...