COLLEGE OF DIVINE WISDOM
AMVEL, PARANAQUE CITY, PHILIPPINES
ANIMAL FARM: A BOOK REVIEW
MR. EDWARD CELESTE
MS. JEZLEE FARA-ON
Animal Farm is basically a story of communism told in the setting of a farm. Because of a very convincing vision of a dying pig, the animals led by the younger pigs revolt against the cruel human farm owner, one pig, takes over and tries to turn the farm into a sort of Utopia with guidelines to prevent animals from becoming like man and the farm prospered, but he's chased out by another pig, hungry of power and cruel. The said pig begins to manipulate and brainwash the other animals while slowly turning into the same type of person that the owner originally was and the farm starts a rather unpleasant downfall.
Animal Farm is an allegory, in this case, of the Russian Revolution and the rise of Stalin's tyrannical government. It is generally accepted that Orwell constructed his story to reflect this kind of purpose. Manor Farm represents Russia; Snowball is Leon Trotsky, who lost power struggle with Stalin; Napoleon is Stalin; and Napoleon's dogs are Stalin's secret police. The corruption of absolute power is the major theme of Animal Farm. The animals hope to create a utopian system based on the equality of all animals, the pigs through greed and ruthlessness, manipulate and intimidate the other animals to believe and obey them. Orwell showed a basic tenet of human nature, that some will always exist who are more ambitious, ruthless and greedy of power and some within society will be willing to give up power for security and structure. Animal Farm is regarded as a cautionary tale, warning readers of the pitfalls of revolution.
A socialist wrote some of the greatest criticisms of totalitarianism published in the twentieth century; he used his honesty and direct personal experience. Eric Allan Blair or most commonly known as...
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