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Animal Farm by George Orwell
Transcript of Animal Farm by George Orwell
Synopsis of Animal Farm
Manor Farm becomes Animal Farm after a group of animals take over. There are two leading pigs named Snowball and Napoleon. Snowball reigns over the animals in the beginning with Napoleon, trying to avoid their “kingdom” from becoming too much like the humans they drove out initially by creating seven main rules: whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy, whatever goes upon four legs or has wings is a friend, no animal shall wear clothes, no animal shall sleep in a bed, no animal shall drink alcohol, no animal shall kill any other animal and all animals are equal. Eventually, Napoleon becomes power hungry and chases out Snowball. This leads to Napoleon brainwashing the animals into becoming what they were trying to avoid in the first place.
Facts for Challenges
First off, the book was barely published because the publishers were afraid of being accused of being offensive. Once it was published, it was banned from Russia and all countries dictated by Stalin for being against Communist ideas but also banned in the USA for having "Communist text in the introduction." A play was banned in Kenya in 1991 for being critical of corrupt leaders. In the United Arab Emirates, it was banned because the talking pigs were considered "un-islamic."
Literary merit of Animal Farm
We believe that Animal Farm is considered important to society because it shows the effects of communism and how fast it can go down hill. It could be demonstrated to children because of the use of animals rather than humans, making it more interesting to youth.
We recommend Animal Farm because you get to experience the lives of animals imprisoned by common ranchers and farmers...just kidding. We suggest Animal Farm to all readers because it describes the rule of the dictator Stalin during World War II. It exemplifies what Stalin did to the people by telling about his rule from an animal's point of view.
Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Print.
Baker, Russell. Preface to Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Print.
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