A Farm Is Taken Over By Its Overworked, Mistreated Animals With Flaming Idealism And Stirring Slogans, They Set Out To Create A Paradise Of Progress, Justice, And Equality Thus The Stage Is Set For One Of The Most Telling Satiric Fables Ever Penned A Razor Edged Fairy Tale For Grown Ups That Records The Evolution From Revolution Against Tyranny To A Totalitarianism Just As Terrible When Animal Farm Was First Published, Stalinist Russia Was Seen As Its Target Today It Is Devastatingly Clear That Wherever And Whenever Freedom Is Attacked, Under Whatever Banner, The Cutting Clarity And Savage Comedy Of George Orwell S Masterpiece Have A Meaning And Message Still Ferociously Fresh The only good pig is a dead pig.
Yeah, yeah, everyone claims Orwell wrote this as about the Russian Revolution, Stalin, and the rise of Communism Pshttt Whatever.
You know what I think he was really saying Beware the Other White MeatOk, maybe not Look, I know what you re thinking, That pig looks adorable , but the next thing you know, that piggy is all grown up and stealing your cookies And you ll let it steal your cookies because Mr Pig has convinced you that giving up your cookies every day was a part of the original agreement Besides, what do you know, you re just a stupid sheepPlus, it s just a cookie, where s the harm Not to mention, the last guy who complained about giving up his cookie ended up mauled by that dog Probably just a coincidence, though Right But it s ok because pigs are smart That s what everyone says, right Smarter than you are, at any rate And if the pig says it s ok, then it s ok.
I mean look at it It couldn t possibly have anything but your best interests at heart Alright, I m outta pig gifs.
So, I thought this was a pretty cool book Sure, it s supposed to be about Russia, but it could just as easily be about the working class in my country Bottom line We need to stop listening to the spin doctors on the boob tube and start thinking for ourselves Question everything, especially the things we think we know are true It might be a good idea to teach our kids that it s ok not blindly believe everything we tell them, too Besides, if we re right, then our ideals can stand up to the scrutiny of children Otherwise, we risk raising a generation of idiots Oh I found one pig gif .
All animals are equal, but some animals are equal than others Those damn PIGS.
I can t even.
Funnily enough, i read this book as a child and thought that it really WAS about animals I remember thinking, Evil Pigs, I m glad you re bacon in MY world, and Poor Hardworking Horsies, come live on my farm instead You can have all the hay and makopa you want sadly, no apples, tropical climate.
I reread it after education spoiled my natural inclinations for fast and absolute punishment of evildoers and eternal rewards for the good I do find it pleasantly strange that these animals are symbols for political stereotypes and yet people still appear in the book Isn t that CRAZY That s literary perversion in a class all its own.
I m thankful i read this in my formative years, before I had all this intellectual baggage emphasis on baggage, piano on the intellect , because I got to appreciate it like a child would, almost like the way I appreciated Charlotte s Web To me, back then, it was just another story about animals, albeit a wordy one, with no pictures.
Which is probably why I still experience a certain righteous thrill when eating crispy bacon.
564 Animal Farm, George OrwellAnimal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945 According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow directed Stalinism, an attitude that was critically shaped by his experiences during the Spanish Civil War The Soviet Union, he believed, had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin un conte satirique contre Staline , and in his essay Why I Write 1946 , wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole.
Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he refers to humans as enemies and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called Beasts of England When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion The animals revolt and drive the drunken and irresponsible farmer Mr Jones from the farm, renaming it Animal Farm They adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, All animals are equal Snowball teaches the animals to read and write, while Napoleon educates young puppies on the principles of Animalism Food is plentiful, and the farm runs smoothly The pigs elevate themselves to positions of leadership and set aside special food items, ostensibly for their personal health.
Some time later, several men attack Animal Farm Jones and his men are making an attempt to recapture the farm, aided by several other farmers who are terrified of similar animal revolts Snowball and the animals, who are hiding in ambush, defeat the men by launching a surprise attack as soon as they enter the farmyard Snowball s popularity soars, and this event is proclaimed The Battle of the Cowshed It is celebrated annually with the firing of a gun, on the anniversary of the Revolution Napoleon and Snowball vie for pre eminence When Snowball announces his plans to modernize the farm by building a windmill, Napoleon has his dogs chase Snowball away and declares himself leader 1975 44 01 154 02 136 03 133 04 120 05 152 06 130 07 171 1394 147 08 108 09 128 10 158 11 195 12 127 13 176 14 78 15 131 16 139 17 234 18 160 19 128 20 117 21 128 22 92 23 104 24 139 25 108 26 124 27 112 28 126 29 126 30 112 31 155 32 128 33 128 34 90 35 120 36 112 37 120 38 132 39 141 40 128 41 127 42 111 43 127 44 147 1945
This is a book I ve been meaning to read for ages but never got around to last week I not only read it but gave a lesson on the historical context for the grade 8 class, who will be reading this book and The Wave As I found, out of the class of 24, about 20 of them had already read the book, and at least one kid knew it was an allegory of the Russian Revolution Still, my lesson wasn t totally redundant For anyone who isn t familiar with the story, Animal Farm is about the animals on a farm in England rising up against the incompetent, cruel farmer Mr Jones, who represents the deposed Tsar, Nicholas II and taking over the farm, renaming it Animal Farm USSR and so the glorious vision intended running it for themselves, so their lives would be better.
The vision is given to them by a pig, Old Major, who dies not long afterwards Old Major probably represents Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx, and it s not the socialist ideal put forward that is critiqued by this book but how that vision is corrupted by certain other characters, namely another pig called Napoleon, who represents Joseph Stalin Napoleon chases a pig called Snowball Leon Trotsky off the farm with his personally trained dogs while still just the General Secretary of the Party, Stalin recruited people who would follow him blindly, so that when Lenin died in 1924 he was able to defeat Trotsky for the leadership position and his dogs kept everyone else in line.
The pigs then take charge, and with their literacy skills keep changing the rules the animals established in order to suit themselves, using a pig called Squealer to convince the other animals that their memories are faulty After all, as the drafthorse Boxer keeps saying, Comrade Napoleon is always right.
Boxer is for me the most heartbreaking character in the novel He represents the peasants, and is the most hardworking animal on the farm He has utter faith in the leadership of Napoleon and works himself to the bone literally His reward is very telling, though I don t want to give it away Most of the characters represent either a person, several people or groups of people, and for the complete list you can check it out on Wikipedia.
Orwell, while a socialist, was very cynical about Stalin s communist USSR and for good reason Animal Farm is a very well written critique of how socialist ideals are corrupted by powerful people, how the uneducated masses are taken advantage of, and how the dictator or communist leaders turn into capitalists just look at China It s a wonderful example of how effective the allegorical style format can be, and a well deserved classic.
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