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Animal Farm

128 pages, 1996

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economics & politics

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This book is about a farm that is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. 

To do this they make up some flaming idealism and stirring slogans. With these, they revolutionize their farmer-owners. However, things turn out differently than they expected.

Power Corrupts

In Animal Farm, George Orwell shows us how power can corrupt even the most noble of intentions. The pigs, who initially lead the rebellion against the humans, end up becoming just as oppressive. This is a reminder to always check our actions and intentions, no matter how much power we hold.

The Danger of Ignorance

Orwell makes it clear that ignorance can be a dangerous thing. The animals on the farm are easily manipulated by the pigs because they lack education and critical thinking skills. This encourages us to always seek knowledge and question everything.

The Importance of Equality

Animal Farm starts with a dream of equality, but it quickly turns into a society where some animals are 'more equal than others'. Orwell's book is a call to action for us to fight against inequality in all its forms.

The Power of Propaganda

Orwell shows us how propaganda can be used to control and manipulate a society. The pigs use it to justify their actions and keep the other animals in line. This is a reminder to always question what we're told and seek the truth.

The Cycle of Oppression

In the end, the animals can't tell the difference between the pigs and the humans. This shows that oppression often leads to more oppression, creating a vicious cycle. Orwell's book encourages us to break this cycle and strive for a fair and just society.

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Animal Farm remains a timeless and terrifying allegory of absolute power and its inevitable corruption.

Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens - Author, Critic

Orwell's Animal Farm is a masterful satire, which uses a group of rebellious farm animals to expose the horrors of a totalitarian regime.

Harold BloomHarold Bloom - Literary Critic

Animal Farm is a commentary on the quest for power and how it can lead to tyranny.

Neil PostmanNeil Postman - Media Theorist

Animal Farm is a brilliant and biting satire, a parable about the corruption of power.

Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut - Novelist, Satirist

Animal Farm is a chilling portrayal of how power can be abused and the devastating effects of its corruption.

Stephen KingStephen King - Horror Author
Christopher HitchensHarold BloomNeil PostmanKurt VonnegutStephen King

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