Animal Farm by George Orwell is a classic book that I’ve been meaning to read for years. Somehow I never got around it but when I came across this copy at a thrift store I decided now was the time. I was actually shocked by how much I loved this book. It tells a powerful story that will always be relevant, even though this was written in 1945. I’m not going to write out a synopsis like I would usually do. This is an allegorical story, meaning all the characters and the storyline symbolize something else. Instead of a synopsis I’m going to talk about why Orwell wrote the book and what I thought.
Book Meaning and My Thoughts
My blog is not a political one and I’m not going to get into politics now but this book is all about politics. It takes place on a farm with animals that are tired of being oppressed by humans. The pigs, being the smartest, rally the animals and overthrow their owners. At first everything is like they wanted it to be. They all are equal and have their freedom. Soon, however, the pigs learn to read and write and put themselves in charge. Throughout the book they adopt more and more human characteristics and soon it’s impossible to tell the difference between the pigs and man. The other, more ignorant and naive, animals simply go along with the pigs and believe it when they’re told that things are “better than they’ve ever been” and even though “all animals are equal, some are more equal than others.” Orwell wrote this allegorical story to reflect the events leading up to the Russian Revolution and against The Soviet Union’s dictatorship. However, this story is relevant in any society. It proves that the working class needs to educated and to never follow a leader blindly.
I highly recommend that everyone read this book. It’s a short story that teaches a lesson. I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have about Animal Farm! Thank you for reading and have a great day!