Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Don’t let the simple name fool you; Animal Farm is a terrific book with great meaning to it. An allegorical novel in which Orwell uses animals to convey his serious message, Animal Farm portrays that mankind is in fact the root of all evil.

 

The story starts off with Old Major, an old pig, explaining to all the farm animals about his dream, where animals lived without the oppression of human beings. Little did the animals know that this “dream” was about to become a reality and the outcome wasn’t going to be all that great.

 

It’s interesting how Orwell indirectly stated his opinions about history. It makes the story more engaging; it’s not just about a bunch of animals turning their backs on each other, it highlights historical people and events.

 

Orwell uses simple diction, making the book an easy-to-read one. Furthermore, he repeats certain phrases and even ideas to remind the audience of man’s fickle nature. One quote that stands out in the novel is “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” as it highlights the inequalities of humanity in our society.

 

The ending is disturbing, and on the whole, the story actually gives you shivers. I guess that’s what makes it likeable: it’s honest, simple, and true.

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