Animal Farm is a simple ‘fairy story’ To what extent do you agree?

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Animal Farm is a simple ‘fairy story’ To what extent do you agree?

Fairy story: fable, children’s story, allegory, apologue, exemplum Simple: elementary, uncomplicated, self-explanatory, straight-forward, lucid Intro
Subtitled “A Fair Story”, George Orwell’s novella Animal Farm displays the characteristics of a children’s fable, consisting of clear-cut morals and demarcate between good and evil. Yet, it does not demand the reader for much analysis to understand the more complex ideas embedded within this allegory. Presented in its simplistic language and lucid narrative, it portrays the re-enactment of the Russian Revolution but most of all posing the shifting political paradigms in society. Implications about human nature’s tendency to misuse power are made. Simplistic language

The inspirational speech given by Old Major was a natural step after the expatriation of Jones. The animals were able to recognise the injustice they had been committed upon. “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing, he does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, yet he is the lord of all animals”, the rhythmic application of “He does not” clearly expressed Jones inactivity. The animal’s ‘miserable lives’ being cut short of their ‘natural span’ due to being overworked and underfed, gains the reader’s sympathy and urges them to strongly side with the animal for their future struggles . The speech and last request from the ‘prized boar’ had been worded in a way which even the least intelligent of the animals could comprehend, comparing their laborious life precisely to the activities explained. Just like a children’s apologue, there is an evident distinction from the heroes and villains; where the heroes are sympathetically regarded for and the villains are selfish and callous. Heroes/villains

After the opening chapter though, the villain is redirected from the humans to the meteoric rise of the dominant pigs. Napoleon emerges as a suspicious character after “it...
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