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George Orwell's Original Preface to Animal Farm

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Transcript of George Orwell's Original Preface to Animal Farm

By Josh Martin George Orwell's Original Preface
to Animal Farm The Freedom of the Press Orwell's original preface includes complaints about
British censorship and how Britain suppressed the
criticism of the USSR. In 1945, Secker and Warburg published Animal Farm without an introduction and
left a blank space for the Author's Proof. For no known reason, the preface was not included and all of the numbers had to be changed at the last second. In 1972, Ian Angus found the original preface titled "The Freedom of the Press". Summary The main idea of the preface was that it was not
the government that suppressed the critiques of the
USSR, but it was the people's own will to not go against what the society believed. The preface only focused on the idea of self-censorship, which is the act of censoring one's work because of the fear of a society's reaction even when a specific party has not officially banned the work. It stated that even though literature that went against Russian rule was true, it was not published because of how the British society would react. Quotes "The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary. Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban." (Orwell)
"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question." (Orwell)
"If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion" (Orwell)
Connection In Animal Farm, the seven commandments are changed so that the pigs could be treated better than all of the other animals. When other animals noticed that something had been changed, they asked Benjamin to read it to them and found that they had never noticed some of the words in the commandments before. Instead of going around and telling all of the animals that a commandment had been changed, they carried on as if the rule had been like that all along. Work Cited "Orwell's Preface to Animal Farm." Orwell's Preface to
Animal Farm. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2012.
"George Orwell." : The Freedom of the Press. N.p., n.d.
Web. 17 Dec. 2012. "Carl Savich Column on Serbianna.com | Front Page."
Carl Savich Column on Serbianna.com | Front Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2012.
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