Book Review: Animal Farm

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: May 31, 2017

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"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others" Animal Farm is the satiric version of a fairy-tale which criticizes old governments like socialism and communism and the end results they do in society. In a society of animals where they believe they live in equality, they'll soon realize that things are not as they seem to be, and while fiction is stranger than reality, this time it gets closer to the truth of those governments than anyone else would ever be.

 Socialism is a system of ownership of the means of production and distribution by society rather by individuals. In Animal Farm the socialist farm works at first in a happy, steadily way: the animals enjoy having control and everyone receives the same treatment. It is not until people with "abilities" try to take control as leaders that problems start to rise. For example, Snowball and Napoleon are two pigs with creative ideas and powerful presence that try to make Animal Farm a better place, but their differences in both their way of acting and thinking cause a disturbance in the order of Animal Farm.

After many collisions, Napoleon betrays Snowball and takes over as the only ruler and leader of the farm. What leads is common techniques of persuasion in which through convincing the ignorant with large masses, you make the smaller ones approve and reject the idea of opposition. The animals that are not pigs become unconsciously dragged into slavery and forced to overwork for low wages. In my opinion, the moment the government of the animals started getting bad was when Napoleon and Snowball tried to take over the farm, which caused problems like inside conflict and bad management which destroyed the sense of liberty in the farm.

After some time all of the pigs lead by Napoleon had bigger authority than any other animal on the farm, while they were dying of sickness or being sold to glue factories. At the end of the book, the pigs become so egoist that they slowly adopted the ways of the humans until the animals couldn't distinguish the humans from the animals. In my opinion, this kind of society still exists nowadays when many people are oppressed by the rulers, and they have to suffer their whole lives to feed themselves and their families.

 "The creatures outside looked from man to pig and from pig to man, but it was already impossible to say which was which”. I recommend this book as it is a check of reality to how governments work, how they go wrong, and the ending results of societies with governors: discontent, death, overwork, manipulation, and slavery in the coat of "extra hours".

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