Animal Farm by George Orwell

After reading ‘Animal Farm’ I had a weird feeling about the world. Not the world in ‘Animal Farm’, but the real world. As I questioned myself how much this book reflected the real world, I realised how little we know and can say about this. ‘Animal Farm’ gives a better reflection of our world than you might think in the first place. It doesn’t only describe a totalitarianistic or communistic state which is in this case ran by a selfish power seeking pig, but it also describes some first world modern-day problems.

The book starts off in a very gentle way like only George Orwell can, describing the rise of the rebellion and the animals struggling for justice. As all the animals on the Manor Farm unite as one against their human leader who is quickly defeated, the animals then need a new leader. The animals aren’t the smartest creatures around so those with the most common sense, in this case the pigs,  rapidly take control of the uproaring chaos. The pigs start off with a democratic way of leading the now so called ‘Animal Farm’. This is however soon to be replaced by a more communistic regime in which only one pig, known as ‘Napoleon’, finally becomes leader of the entire Animal Farm. He keeps control over the other animals by keeping them in fear of not only him but also the surrounding farms. This is where the reflection of the first world modern day problems come in. Keeping the animals in fear could be compared to how the United States also keep their people in constant fear of terrorism. The United States lying to their people and slightly changing history is exactly what the pig leader is doing to the animals on Animal Farm only he does it in a much worse way. As time goes by most of their living conditions have surely been inrceased. But was it worth the struggle? As generations of animals pass, the rebellion is soon to be forgotten. And you will see how little there has actually changed for the animals. So there you see that it is not important by whom your Farm/State is being ruled but more in what way it is being ruled.

At the end of the book the seven Commandments (the way of the animal)  are abolished and simplified into only a single Commandment: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS. This single Commmandment basically summarizes the idea behind the book and Communism.

If you have read 1984 you will see a lot of similarities between these two books. It’s not necesearily bad but it does make me wonder what else is on Mr. Orwells mind. If you have any special thoughts on modern day regimes this book might be a good eye opener to get you started. Overall it’s a good book but if Orwell was trying to make a statement with this book, which would have been easily possible, he should have gone that little bit further which it looked like he wasn’t dearing.


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