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Animal Farm: A Review

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Animal Farm
Written by: George Orwell
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Animal Farm is a satirical novella written by George Orwell and was first published by Secker and Warburg and copyrighted 1945 in London. It has 112 pages.

The Author
George Orwell is an English writer famous for his book Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. Born as Eric Arthur Blair, Orwell was a political writer and journalist who became popular for his allegorical approach to totalitarianism and inequality. His work has continued to influenced our culture today with the terms, Orwellian –an adjective that describes an idea or situation deemed as damaging to a open and free society.

Summary
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Every animal followed Animalism happily and they got their fair share of food. However, there was a case of the milk disappearing mysteriously.

The pigs were the most intelligent of all the animals, so they hold debates for the other animals and eventually established a study-room for themselves. One of these pigs, Snowball, decided to campaign for economic improvement in the farm. Napoleon, on the other hand, decided to oppose everything Snowball did. Unlike the pigs, not every animal was as clever to memorize the Commandments, so Snowball decided to reduce them into one thought: Four legs good, two legs bad. This did it for the sheep since they kept chanting this at meetings.

The difference between Snowball and Napoleon was that the former believed in educating the animals. He would form Animal Committees, Egg Production Committees for the hens, Clean Tails League for the cows, Wild Comrade’s Re-education Committee for the rats and rabbits, and many others for reading and writing. The last one was a success that by autumn, almost every animal was literate to some degree. His main goal was to build a windmill. The latter confiscates nine new-born puppies to ‘educate’ privately in a secluded loft.

By late summer, word of the Rebellion reaches half-across England and Mr Jones, with other farmers unsuccessfully recapture Animal Farm. After this, the tension was still palpable between Snowball and Napoleon, especially when it came to the windmill. Eventually, Napoleon’s army of dogs chased Snowball away and out of the farm. He stops all the meetings and decrees that all decisions will be made by the pigs. The pigs shamelessly exploit their power, breaking their own rules and commandments, and instilling fear into the animals’ hearts. Life gets worse and worse and things fall apart. Eventually, the animals couldn’t even distinguish the pigs from the horrible humans.

Review
At first, it thought this was a children’s book what with the title and everything. True enough, it could have been a children’s book if the person who read it was sheltered and just read the book with its face value. This is a really heavy book and I love the book for it. It made me want to scream the book I was holding and it kept me on my toes.
I can’t say that it was smooth-sailing when I first read it because the first chapters were slow. I kept going back and forth because there were too many names to remember. I had to take note of what Moses was or who Bluebell and Pincher were. Then, in the middle of the book, we fast-forward in time to find out that those names we memorized were long gone. Fortunately, the characters I loved stayed for a while. Boxer and Clover were the character that strung me along for the ride. I kept hoping for a better future and life for them because of how they worked hard and that they deserve to be in “Sugar Candy Mountain”.

I know that this book represented the effects of the misuse of power and corruption, but I never...

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