Animal Farm

Animal Farm

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by George Orwell

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Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift

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Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message.

Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.

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Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history.” –Malcolm Bradbury

“As lucid as glass and quite as sharp…[Animal Farm] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift.” –Atlantic Monthly

“A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times.” –New York Times

“Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift.” –Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker

“Orwell’s satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.” –Ruth Rendell

With an Introduction by Julian Symons

Edmund Wilson
Absolutely first-rate...comparable to Voltaire and Swift. -- The New Yorker

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Maria_of_amor More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm is about the animals on a farm uprising and throwing out their unjust owner in order to run the place themselves. It is a thinly-veiled jab at tyrannical regimes and succeeds tremendously. I breezed through this one and honestly could find nothing wrong with it. The characters are all believable and quite a few are even highly likable. My favorite is the horse Boxer who is renowned for his strength, both of body and character. You have to kind of suspend your disbelief when reading Animal Farm because of some of the things that happen, but it is well worth it. The animals decide that the humans get all of the benefit for their hard work and they are tired of it. Led by two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, they overthrow the humans. I won't give a bunch of spoilers, but the story unfolds in such a way as to show how a dictatorship comes to be and how the animals went from one form of slavery to another. I also think the character Squealer was done extremely well as far a propaganda man(pig). By the end of the tale, you can see and understand everything that has transpired and the moral stands on its own without you needing to be bashed over the head with it. For a great fairy-tale about the dangers of socialism or any other kind of bad government ending with "ism", look no further than Animal Farm, where "All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic, he was way ahead of his time. Of course evil and lies lurk in our everyday lives. You can see the parallels in today's politics, a must read for everyone and keep your eyes open, freedom is not free-nothing is given to you without consequences read between the lines.
KatarinaH More than 1 year ago
It is the time of the Pig Regime! Animal Farm is about the animals working together to overthrow their often drunken and oppressive owner, Mr. Jones. Their action is inspired even more by Old Major, a prize winning pig, who ends up dying just before the animals' revolt. Later on, the pigs are given power over the other animals because they are thought to have more intelligence than the other animals. The choice that the animals make to put the pigs in charge symbolizes the rise of communism in Russia after the 1917 revolution. The animal that I admire most in the novel is Snowball. The reason why I admire Snowball so much is because he is such a good speaker and is so interested in making the animals' lives better by trying to educate them and pass his knowledge on to them. Snowball's beliefs represent the start of communistic beliefs, similar to those of Leon Trotsky, and Old Major's beliefs are similar to those of Vladimir Lenin. When Snowball is overthrown and exiled by Napoleon, a power hungry Berkshire boar, Napoleon himself takes over the Animal Farm and changes its name to The Manor Farm. Napoleon rules like a dictator and tyrant, and his actions and character traits are an allegory of Joseph Stalin during his rule of the former Soviet Union. Napoleon twists and turns the original rules that were there before his regime to support his wants. When the animals try to revolt against Napoleon or make any uproar about his judgment, they are killed, exiled, or both. After a short period of time, the animals realize that Napoleon is truly a cruel ruler. I recommend this novel for people who enjoy reading fictional books that are based on true life history. The use of animal characters to represent people and the heavy use of symbolism make Animal Farm an educational book. Animal Farm is also a book about the struggle for independence, freedom, and justice. Some of the main ideas in Animal Farm can even be used in real life situations. Animal Farm enforces this belief that, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Under Napoleon's regime, things become absolutely corrupt and cruel for the other farm animals. Most of the farm animals believe Napoleon at first when he says they will have a more productive and better life with him as their leader than they would have had when Snowball was their leader. Napoleon's actions and those of the remaining pigs, however, prove to be different than what the other animals expect.
penaaa More than 1 year ago
Change can sometimes be good, but not in this case. At first glance, George Orwell's book "Animal Farm" might seem like a book for children but as I read the story, I began to realize it was based on the Russian Communist Revolution. It's purely political as well as fantasy, considering the characters are animals. George Orwell says "it is the history of a revolution that went wrong" and he was absolutely right. Leaders have a tendancy to get too comfortable with their authority and begin to take advantage of it. The novel explains the many things that can go wrong when someone decides it's time for a change.
"Animal Farm" is the story of a group of animals living in a farm under human authority. Once manipulated into believing Mr. Jones is evil, as well as all the human race, the animals decide to rebel. They come up with seven commandments that they are expected to live by:
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy;
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend;
3. No animal shall wear clothes;
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed;
5. No animal shall drink alcohol;
6. No animal shall kill any other animal;
7. All animals are equal.
The rules were set and they were final. They drive out the farmer and start to feel as if all authority is gone. Just as fast, the pigs decide they are the ones most fit to be in charge. Sure enough, authority begins to be abused and misused. The pigs treated the animals as if they were above and better than them. They started living in the farmers home, sleeping in the beds and there were even rumors of murder! The other animals were forced to work harder while the pigs sat around and did absolutely nothing. Everything was all too familiar but if you decided to speak up or go against the pigs, you were gone.
I could definitely recommend this book to others because it's very interesting and easy to comprehend. It illustrates manipulation at its worst. Before reading this book, I didn't care much for politics but after I realized everything that could go wrong, it motivated me to be aware of any leader's words and actions. It brought me to the realization that just because it sounds good doesn't always mean go with it because it's easy to be manipulated when the words they're speaking sound right. Change isn't always for the better, even if that's what they're telling you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty deep. It shows how people can turn a lie into a whole big concept. I dont know why most people read it just in high school. I am only 12 and i loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great satire on conumissiom. I am 10 years old and I enjoied it. It is about a group of hard working farm animals, how they rebell, and how things do not go so well after it. Better than the t.v. movie!
JessicaS_15 More than 1 year ago
“Animal Farm” by George Orwell was a creative masterpiece. Orwell tells of a farm that is overcome by animals. The animals must face many difficult choices as they begin to build their own community. Things that the animals must face once they begin their new society include: leadership (who will be their 'leader' and help guide them in the right direction), profit (ways for the farm to continue making money even once the humans are upset with them), and society matters (including what buildings will be built and what jobs need to be done). Throughout the novel, the animals must face many ups and downs. I believe that Orwell isn't just telling a novel for enjoyment purposes, but also to describe how society is. He tells the story of animals controlling a farm because its creative and catches your attention, but the bigger picture is that he tells what happens once we elect an official for our government. I feel that if you want to do something, you can do it as long as you believe that you can, but I also believe that there could be unintended consequences. For example, the animals thought they could take over the farm and they did, but there were also consequences like times when there wasn't enough food for everyone or not enough money. This was a very interesting novel that covered many important points that are still problems with out government today. Just because you think someone is saying the things you want to hear and society hasn't crashed and burned doesn't necessarily mean that they are telling the complete truth. An example being how some animals are being treated differently than other animals on the farm and how the jobs are divided amongst the different 'classes' of animals. A point that doesn't have to do with government that George Orwell discusses in “Animal Farm” is trusting yourself. Some of the animals think that stuff seems to be changing, but they keep it to themselves. George Orwell's novel has opened my eyes: sometimes things aren't what they seem, if you think something seems different or off, mention it to others; they might be thinking the same thing. You guys could step it up and help bring a better change! This is a great novel that should be read by young adult readers because not only does it get your attention and make you want to read the novel, but it makes you think about society in the novel and how society is where you live. “Animal Farm” is a must read for both animal lovers and people who enjoy politics alike! Great job George Orwell!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In language arts class this year, we read Animal Farm. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in Communism or is a WWII geek. This was a really good book and I enjoyed it a lot. I'm glad that Orwell wrote this book because America could be a completely different place without the insight that he had.
severusIP More than 1 year ago
The novel Animal Farm is a very interesting book. It speaks of rebellion and dictatorship, freedom and oppression. In this book, George Orwell writes of a farm on which animals are oppressed and worked mercilessly without enough food. One of the pigs decides that the animals should revolt against their owners to create the perfect society ruled by those who stand on four feet. When the rebellion succeeds, a government is established with a pig called Napoleon as the head of the so called ¿Animal Farm,¿ the name the animals give Manor Farm after taking over. However, power tends to corrupt, and the utopian society doesn¿t stay perfect for long. One interesting part in Animal Farm was when the humans return to the farm and try and reclaim it, but fail. I think this symbolizes that when the old form of government tries to return, it finds that the new system is too strong to replace. Another notable scene is when Napoleon changes the seven commandments written on the barn wall to suit his own purposes, instead of for the good of the whole farm. The animals, most of who cannot read, ask the old goat to remind them what the laws say, and when they have been altered, blame themselves for having a bad memory and simply forgetting a few words here and there, though they alter the meaning of the rule considerably. I think the most important part in Animal Farm is located at the very end, when the pigs walk on two legs, carry whips, and play cards with humans. It was said that they looked almost the same. I think this signifies that although the animals had created a new government, it had turned out to greatly resemble the old one that they had so despised. I think the author of Animal Farm was trying to depict the Communist government and rule in a way that is somewhat satirical, and he did a very good job on this through renaming historical figures and representing them as animals to add to the effect of the governments being different, at least in the beginning. Animal Farm is an interesting book, full of meaningful situations and characters, and well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect animal society made of the animals, by the animals, for the animals. Can such a utopian really exist? The animals of Manor Farm were sick of being mistreated by their drunkard owner Mr. Jones; Old Major gave them a vision of a new life where animals roamed the fields free of humans. Humans were the cause of so much despair for the animals; they took away and sold their young, and killed them for food and bones when they got to old. So, the animals started the Rebellion in order to free themselves. Animal Farm was a dream that became a reality, but soon turned into a nightmare, the superiority the pigs were bestowed with was horrific. Throughout the farm deception and lies spread, and each passing day became worse than the last. There can be no such thing as a utopian society in this world. Old Major left the animals with few laws of Animalism, laws that were too easily broken. Napoleon went against everything old Major believed in and envisioned. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy; then the pigs began to walk on two legs. No animal shall wear clothes; then the pig wore the clothes of their old master Mr. Jones. No animal shall sleep in a bed; the pigs not only wore the clothes of their past tyrant, but slept in the same bed. No animal shall drink alcohol; this became no animal shall drink alcohol to excess. No animal shall kill any other animal; Napoleon held a public execution. All animals are equal; but to Napoleon, he is considered more equal than others. People who take power become corrupt and blinded, they don¿t see how they look to others, they only see the pleasure of the fear in their eyes. They treat those under them like slaves, they lie to them and hurt them. Napoleon was no different, he went behind his comrades backs, he lied to them in such a way, it is unforgivable. Napoleon became not only a dictator, but he became a human. There can be no such thing as a utopian society in this world.
Aiedail94 More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm Review "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals." ~George Orwell, Animal Farm. In the beginning of this book George Orwell shows how the humans are in control of the Manor Farm, then as the story progresses we see the animals take over and thus Animal farm is born. The book then goes on to show how the animals work together at first and then the pigs start to take control and from there the reader is taken on a rollercoaster of deception, betrayal, war, and much more. The writer gets his point across beautifully; he shows how a utopian society was impossible. An example of how he did this would be, that even once the animals got rid of the humans, the pigs stepped in and took control and started dictating, slowly and unnoticed by the other animals. As the story progresses there is a point where an overthrow is tried and succeeded. Then the commandments which were set when Animal Farm was first started were slowly altered ever so slightly that the animals were convinced that they just imagined the real commandments. The writer also shows how war was inevitable in order for the animals to keep their farm, also proving a world without war impossible. Like in the battle of the cow shed which was a big turning point in the story. Up till that point Mr. Jones had been planning to strike the animals on the farm and by doing so recover his farm back. But the animals had expected this and therefore readied themselves for it, so when Mr. Jones tried to win his farm back the animals had plans to run him off yet again thus the Battle of the Cow Shed. When the animals won this battle they proved to the humans and themselves that they were independent and would be able to fight to keep their freedom. It is my opinion that George Orwell stated fact well and made it interesting for the reader to read and also to interpret. He showed dictatorship at its beginning unthreatening, helpful, and hopeful and then the lust for ultimate power comes through and dictator! He shows suffering, hard work and unawareness. He showed what was wrong with society in that day and much of it still applies today, and did it all in a way that it could not be directly tied to the government. His words were beautiful, a book of great meaning and interest. So it is my opinion that George Orwell was a talented person of thought. The book at times made you feel as if you were there, it was fiction but yet comparable to real life, it showed many types of behavior, thoughts, and what one will do in a given situation and more. All in all the point of the book came across loud and clear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading Animal Farm, I didn¿t really understand what they were talking about. Once you really get into the book, you figure out quickly what the book is really about. Animal Farm is about equality, mistreatment, and rules and commandments that even the leader couldn¿t follow. Also, it is about how you can¿t always trust who is in charge nor has authority over something. George Orwell did a great job on pointing out the fact that these animals were mistreated. If they didn¿t follow a commandment or did something the leader didn¿t like, then they could face severe punishment, or even death. The leader, Napoleon, couldn¿t always follow the commandments himself. When he failed to follow them, he would change them so that he couldn¿t be held responsible for breaking them.

The Animal Farm has a big goal they were trying to reach. As they were trying to get towards that goal, they hit a few bumps. They really learned what kind of unfair leader they had. They finally found out what happened with Snowball, their old leader. They wondered why they were treated so horribly and what they did to deserve it. Which in reality, they did nothing. It was all because they had a selfish leader and they trusted him. The way George Orwell described everything, I could picture everything that was going on in the book. I understood a little bit more of what was going on and how serious these animals were. They were exhausted. Overworked, they weren¿t fed well, didn¿t have any say so in anything. All they had were these commandments to live by:

1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy;
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend;
3. No animal shall wear clothes;
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed;
5. No animal shall drink alcohol;
6. No animal shall kill any other animal;
7. All animals are equal

These rules weren¿t always fair but the animals took them seriously as well as the leaders. They had a song they sang that was in memory of their old leader. They sang it all the time and thought about their deceased member. Eventually, that was also banned from the farm and so were many other things. If you think that the world is not fair, why don¿t you just read this book and then you will really understand what is unfair and what rules that we need are. All you have to do is look at these animals. They had a desire for change burning in their hearts and would do anything to get there. Change can be for the good, which is what the animals wanted. But the downfall of that is, that change can also be for the bad, which is what happened in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never got a chance reading this in high school, so here I am reading it as an adult. A true classic that shows the inequality of Specialness, shing a spotlight on the Disease of Entitlement, Power & Betrayal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel that I chose to do my assignment on was Animal Farm. It was a really great book and I absolutely loved it. If you would like to read a book that describes the struggles that we have to go through everyday with authority you will love this book. The story is written from the views of the animals, but it still identifies problems that people have to go through in their everyday lives. This novel is about animals on a farm that want to be their own leaders, and don't want to be ruled over by man. It starts off that they rebel and eventually they succeed in driving the farmer off. Then to summarize the middle the pigs who were the smartest of the animals decided that they would be the leaders of the animals. The animals did not understand what they were really agreeing to. All the animals made up rules that they were suppose to follow to stay organized. They also had a motto, "Four legs good two legs bad". Instead these rules would only be discarded like the dead animals that the head pig Napoleon killed with his savage dogs that he raised. (Isn't this interesting?) Eventually the pigs exacted exactly like humans. They wore clothes, drank beer, and ordered the other animals around. So no matter what you try to do there is always authority over you. Even if you think that you are free in truth you are not. I loved the way that the author organized the order of events in this novel. I think that George Orwell is very intelligent. I would also like to comment on the language and dialogue in this book. George wrote it in a way that was easy to understand. Also the dialogue was great because I felt like I was in the barn with the animals listening to them talk. Even though I know that this story is fictional because I know that animals can't talk it could be based on true events. I would definitely recommend this novel to any of my friends I would even recommend it to my friend that do not even like to read. I think that even they would love it. If I could rate this book on a scale of zero to ten I would give it a twenty. I would even like to meet George Orwell and discuss Animal Farm. To anyone who has not read the Animal Farm novel I suggest that you do. I will be reading more of George Orwell's books! Also I would just like to say that if I was going to be a writer I would pick George Orwell as my writing coach. He is just amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Animal Farm, an old boar known as Major gathers every animal on Manor Farm one night and tells them that he had a dream of a changed society where humans have been driven out and everything is run by animals, working hours on farms are shorter, and everything is right and just and animals are all treated equally. Mr. Jones and his family (the owners of Manor Farm) are run out by the animals and they are free. However, the pigs happen to seize the only positions as leaders of Manor Farm (now Animal Farm). But the rest of the animals don't complain because the yearly harvest was completed much quicker and produced more and they get increased rations. However, a pig named Napoleon chases Snowball (the only other pig trying to lead Animal Farm) out of the farm and slowly establishes a dictator-like regime on the farm that gives pigs and dogs a higher social status than the rest of the animals there. He slowly changes the original commandments of Animalism (the belief that all animals are equal that was established on Animal Farm originally) so that conditions on the farm were no better than before. This classic is a great read and I reccomend that you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good one but complicated! It is VERY confusing if you know nothing about World War 2 and dictators. But it is a good book if you like that kind of stuff!!!!!
Magellan36 More than 1 year ago
Many authors strive to make their books wanted, read and most importantly, passed on for others to read. Animal Farm has done every one of those, and more! Animal Farm is a clever mix of comedy, adventure, action, tragedy and many other genres. What starts out as a calm regular old farm ends up being taken over, while all of the animals face the challenges of their own, but is it too much to put in the hooves of these farm animals? Now, I feel that the two best parts of this book are The Battle of Cowshed, and when Napoleon chases Snowball away. Those two parts really affected the story by a great amount, and are both mentioned many times further in the book. In The Battle of Cowshed, the humans invaded the Animal Farm with intent to retake it. Though the animals did end up chasing the humans back off, the hard-working horse named Boxer had knocked out one of the younger humans, and he had an iron hoof on. Luckily just a little later, the human came to and ran off. The animals do refer back to The Battle of Cowshed many times in the book, some good memories, some not so good memories. When Napoleon chases Snowball away from the Animal Farm, it almost sent the plot of the book spiraling in the opposite direction, because at that very moment, the bad guy who wanted everything for himself was standing there before them as leader of the Animal Farm. Yes, I am talking about Napoleon, the ruthless leader who defies all Animal Farm rules. Now that Napoleon is in charge and Snowball is nowhere to be seen, things are supposed to be getting better, right? Because Napoleon has great ideas, and just wants what's best for the farm. Nope, that's not the case for this rascally little animal. He takes over the farm and, well you'll have to read the book to find out. I would recommend this book to everyone 10 and up, because it does have one or two gory partswhere the dogs rip out the throats of multiple animals, but overall it is an amazing read which would be perfect for the family to read together. After this essay, I would still say that my favorite parts of this book would definitely be The Battle of Cowshed and the part where Napoleon chases Snowball away. This book is an amazing creation, and I would definitely recommend this read for families of almost all sorts of ages, young or old.
Crazy-ReaderCB More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm was definitely an interesting book. It captured my attention and made me think of the ways life could be in a completely different perspective. Although the book may seem odd in that it is in the perspective of animals, it makes thinking about the issues that the book presents to the reader much easier to understand. In the novel the characters capture your attention and let you yearn to learn more. At the beginning of the novel the situation that the animals were forced to live under was terrible. The old boar, Old Major, in the beginning of the novel left the other animals with a thought and a dream of an animal run farm. To the animals it seemed like a utopia. It was the place where there was no worry or trouble and they would feel good about the work they did and the food they received. They dreamt of a world where all animals were equal. In the novel there are two pigs, Snowball and Napoleon. These two pigs are the main characters of the story. They wanted a revolution in which they were no longer malnourished and maltreated. They came up with a plan to overtake the farm and live in the way they had dreamt. Once they accomplished their goal, they devised 7 commandments they were told by Old Major to live by. These 7 commandments were whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy; whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend; No animal shall wear clothes; No animal shall sleep in a bed; No animal shall drink alcohol; No animal shall kill any other animal; All animals are equal. Over a small amount of time the two main characters were beginning to feud like never before. These two pigs would lead to the demise of the utopia the animals had dreamt of. Napoleon was feared by all the animals. The other animals on the farm were forced to live in fear and work because of greedy, power hungry leaders. The animals were foolishly led into a world of vigorous work and little food. The animals allowed themselves to be convinced that the wrong doing of their leaders was simply there memory failing them. The utopian society they dreamed of was at risk. The leaders are lying, greedy animals that will soon lead themselves to the demise of their own beliefs and dreams. This book leaves you with thoughts about how people in other countries lived or are living by the government. Many people live without hope or freedom and this book shows others what that life is like. I recommend that people read this book. It grasped my attention and I am very happy that it did.
Dellali Djokoto More than 1 year ago
I may not have a long, descriptive review like many others before me, but i can say that this is a really god book. Very interesting and unlike many books I have ever read. For portraying communism in such a way, Mr. Orwell is a genius.
Bernadette Brooks More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome symbolization on the USSR during World War II. Definitely a "must read." Before you read this book, I suggest doing research on Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky. (Basically just read up about the USSR) This book was written represent the fall of Communism in Russia. I loved this book!! - Shea, a freshman (9th grade)
Guest More than 1 year ago
awful!!! I feel bad for all the students who have this in their required reading list!!!!!
Nate-the-Great More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm, I believe was good story all-around. George Orwell does a great job in his effort to show and criticize the Soviet Union and Communism. It characterized the Russian Revolution and how the communist regime took over the country and used propaganda and lies to deceive its people. However, when events took place in the story, they dragged on and and be so descriptive that they seemed like the novel was meant for a younger age group. Other than this drawback, reading this novel is a must. This characterized version of the Soviet Union makes it easier for us to realize how communism doesn’t work, through the use of using farm animals taking over the farm and running it as their own. The communist regime is further satirized as the story goes on and the difference between those in power and those in the working class grows, showing the main problem with communism. With this example Orwell completes his goal in bringing out the flaws in the communism, and showing them to the public in a way that is much easier to understand, without all of the complicating politics. So before anyone graduates high school, they should read Orwell’s novel so they can truly see what the issue with communism really is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, is has a lot of historical meaning in it showed by symbolism through the animals/characters. The book is based off of the Russian's idea of communism/ socialism. This is a good book if you want to learn about the idea of communism in a fun more interesting way then researching the straight facts. This is a must read if your a history buff or just looking for a good book. -William Medlock
JakeNJ More than 1 year ago
Fantastic tale of how the system works when everyone is "equal". This classic is a true eye opener and the fastest book I have ever read, in my life. Less than 24 hours and I am done, because it is impossible to put this one down. There are many people who do not appreciate the society that they live in. Sure it is easier to blame Tsarists' Russia or some dictatorship to be changed into another system, but as they always say, be careful what you wish for. In this wonderful portrayal of the George Orwell example, we can see that the system is the problem and the greed doesn't disappear, when the "equal for all" society is installed. Actually it becomes easier for a few to instill the "honorable notion of equality" while ripping the benefits and preaching that it is for the better good. What do we see here, without giving too much away, but to make sure that we touch up on what is the point behind this example, of social justice and equality. Pigs will take control and even fight one another to ensure that the main hog is at the top of the food chain and I do mean food chain. They will surround themselves by guard dogs and preach to the sheep, poultry and others who will listen, blindly follow them, to gain control and make sure that their opinion is not challenged, that their rule is not questioned. Of course you have bunch of work horses and asses who will work without questioning the system, since the system of "everyone being equal" cannot possibly be wrong. "I must work harder" and "comrade Napoleon is always right". Oh yes, in all "equal society", you end up with work horses and pigs. You can surely see where the "equality" becomes a bit of a blur, but lets continue. We see an example of ever changing rules, modified policies, overworked and unpaid, or in this case, underfed, lower class of "comrades in equality". The final point of this that it is hard to distinguish at the end between greed of men and greed of pigs, because greed exists in all "equal" society, but the problem is, only a few are able to rip the benefits of everyone else's hard labor and not to mention by force, not by choice. My favorite quote is the 7, constantly modifying commandments, turning into one: "ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS". The point of this book, reminds me of the old Russian saying, since the end result was, is and always will be the same in the social justice system or better known as socialism. The saying is "Doesn't matter which way you turn, you butt is behind you". For those who do not understand the point of this Russian saying, the easier way to say this "Be careful what you wish for", since the change doesn't necessarily mean it will benefit or be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing I knew going into George Orwell’s Animal Farm was that it was a short read. I assumed it would be a difficult one, but to be honest it wasn’t that difficult. The plot is straightforward, but with enough nuances to be interesting. The characters were believable even if they were animals. The situation itself was one as old as civilization, not a new thought to be sure. The why is it, I ask myself, that it resonated with me so much? I’m a book lover and an avid reader, but never can I remember a story making me think as much as this one did. I think the answer lays not in what is written, but how it is written. There is a certain edge to the tale that is very hard to place, but it is so sharp that it cuts you very close to home. Orwell gives you the underdogs to root for-the overworked and mistreated animals-and a cause that appeals to all of us. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in a utopian society? As the story progress, the flaws of humanity, and more specifically, self-governing communities, become painfully apparent. You want to cry out against the lies and corruption as you watch dreams crumble into dust. It’s not real of course, just a work of fiction, but Orwell’s message is clear all the same. He does a very good job of roping you into it as well.   Being on the outside and looking in, you get a very good sense of what’s going on. You can put all the puzzle pieces together, but it seems as though the characters can’t. They are animals, they’re not very smart as Orwell even states. The few that can figure it out are either the driving force behind the plight, or simply won’t share their wisdom. You find yourself hoping that some of the smarter ones will pick up on it, but as things get worse and worse you realize that it’s just not going to happen. I read this story was based on the events of Stalinist Russia, so I did some research. The parallels are terrifyingly accurate. If you exchanged some words here and there, you would have an account of the rule of Stalin, rather than a satiric fable for adults. But the rule of Stalin is over. These terrible events are passed tense, never to happen again. Or are they? That brings Orwell to his second point, one more subtly stated than the others. As he shows the progression through the regimes over the farm, you begin to see a pattern. Not the pattern you want to see either, the pattern that you have been most aware of through every history class you’ve ever taken. The pattern that, in time, history is bound to repeat itself. He dangles the tantalizing bait of almost breaking free of this perpetual cycle, before bringing down the crushing weight that it simply isn’t so. So with his point made, he leaves you with the ending you both expected and hoped not to see.