Animal Farm by George Orwell is a beautifully-written, captivating story about how power can change anyone (people and animals) for the worse.
Genre: Dystopian Fiction, Satire
The animals on the farm of Mr. Jones’s have had enough. Believing that animals are equal to people, they decide to rebel against Mr. Jones, and clear out all of the humans from the area. Once they’ve completed their goal, they’re proud of what they’ve accomplished. All they have to do now is make a life for themselves, on their farm.
The pigs, the most intellectual of all the animals, begin to take charge in organizing the farm. But as time goes on, the pigs’ power over the rest gets a little bit out of hand. So much so that the reader begins to wonder; was the revolution really successful?
When I first began reading Animal Farm, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that it was written in the 1940s, and that it was a loved and memorable classic by the people who read it.
When I first opened the book, and there were animals that were talking, I thought that it was just going to be cheesy, about animals saving the day. So I didn’t read it.
Until recently, when I picked up the book again, and decided to give it a second chance.
The thing is, if I hadn’t given up on the first page the first time, I would have understood that this book has a much more dark and memorable moral than what I got from first impressions.
This book has a lot more to it than animals suddenly showing consciousness and rebelling against their owners.
It’s about manipulation and power, and how greed can easily take over someone’s mind, if they aren’t conscious of it doing so, or if they think their motive is for the better.
The animals rely on their intellectual leaders to keep everything orderly and safe, to help create and build the utopian society that they all dream of living in.
But what is it with power, that even the most seemingly innocent of creatures that hold it can easily be taken over by a drive to control?
A form of reality is told within a book that is seemingly fairy tale, and as you read chapter after chapter, you begin to realize that something is off; someone is pulling at the strings.
Animal Farm is thought-provoking page-turner, and I highly recommend it!