Animal Farm George Orwell

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Animal Farm is an allegorical novel that depicts the rising rebellion among the animals on Mr Jones' farm, which are tired of serving human beings for all of their needs. Mr Jones owns Manor Farm. He once forgets to feed the animals on his farm. This results in rebellion under the headship of two pigs, namely Napoleon and Snowball. The animals intend to take over the entire farm from the humans.

In an attempt to take over the farm, these animals rename it ‘Animal Farm'. The ideals that they choose to embrace, involve focussing the benefits of all those who tread on four legs, which includes all the animals in the farm. However, as is the case with most rebellions, these ideals soon get corrupted with the passage of time. After a considerable amount of time, these ideals are forgotten in their entirety.

Animal Farm thus portrays an exact account of a rebellion that went wrong. It also gives an accurate description of just how corrupting power can be. This satire is considered to be one of the best political satires of its time.

Animal Farm has been published by Penguin India, in the year 2011 and is available in paperback.

Key Features

  • The book is held in high regard for being one of the finest political satires of its time.
  • It depicts those events that led up to the Russian revolution, as well as what took place in the Stalin era.

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True Agony of a Socialist Orwell is obviously angry at the way Socialism has been distorted by Stalin. Using Animal characters as symbols Orwell honestly mocks and criticizes the Russian leadership under Lenin. It is a very easy to read book giving good perspectives on the Socialist Revolution. –Abhishek Kona Aug 22, 2011

Animal Farm is a satirical allegory on the Russian Revolution. Orwell explains it, It is the history of revolution that went wrong. It tells the simple and tragic story of what happens when the oppressed farm rebel to attain freedom from Mr. Jones. It is about their attempt to rule the farm themselves on the basis of equality. The animals had initially aimed to form a utopian society, where each would work according to his capacity, respecting the needs of the others. But, they failed to do so. And, Animal Farm ended up being a dictatorship of the pigs that were the brightest, but did no physical work in reality. The main action of the story stands for The Russian Revolution of 1917 and the early years of the Soviet Union. Animalism is a metaphor for Communism. Manor farm is an allegory of Russia, Mr. Jones is Russian C-Zar, Old Major stands for Karl Marx, and Snowball represents Leo Trotsky. Napolean stands for Stalin, while the dogs are the secret police. The horse, Boxer stands for the working class which works constantly for the greater good while Squealer is the propagandist. The novel is skillfully organized and presents the horrors of communism through simple story-telling. It presents what propaganda and brain washing do to the people living under the dictatorship. How the fickle minded people were swayed easily by the pigs, who managed to reverse the seven commandments and reduce them to Four legs good, two legs better . I would recommend this book to everyone above 14 years of age who has some knowledge about communism or a hint of what happened during the Russian Revolution of 1917. The book is gripping as there is always something happening. It ends with the pigs becoming mush like humans and changing the name of the farm back to the Manor Farm . The ending was sad it shows how power turns comrades into tyrannical dictators. –Diksha Mahajan Aug 14, 2012

George Orwell is probably one of the few authors who has more than one book featuring regularly in the all the favorites of most people. In such a short book, we get to experience the entire range of the human emotions – probably characterized by the animals. But, what this book basically makes us realize is the fact that politics is relevant at all times. –Deep Agrawal Mar 2, 2012

About the Author

About the Author: The author of Animal Farm is George Orwell. His real name was Eric Arthur Blair. He was a very popular novelist, essayist, critic and journalist. His works spoke out against the social injustice that was prevalent at that time. He was in favour of democratic socialism and was opposed to totalitarianism. He continues to be held in high esteem as one of the most influential voices of his time, who spoke out about the English culture, as it was, during his lifespan.

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George Orwell