ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
What is there to say about George Orwell’s Animal Farm that hasn’t already been said? It’s an incredibly hysterical story that discusses key themes of class division and the inherent evil that manifests in us all. Exciting, right?
If you’re like me and never was assigned Animal Farm in all of your academic years, then you might also not really know what this book is about (other than the fact that it’s a “big deal”).
This novel (or is it a novella? I can never tell) follows the animals who reside on Manor Farm as they form a rebellion against their Master, Mr. Jones, after becoming enlightened and inspired by a motivational speech given by an old pig named Major. Once the animals kick out Mr. and Mrs. Jones, they begin to establish their own society and government, and the story goes from their.
Orwell wrote this book in 1944, near the end of World War II. Naturally, Animal Farm dives deep into discussions of equality, greed, and faults within government constructs.
As you can probably tell from the beginning of this post, I loved loved loved Animal Farm. (5/5 stars, obviously). It made me feel every emotion, from laughing out loud to holding back tears. Most importantly, it made me think a lot about our current government and societal climate.
With our current political climate, I think this is a very important book to read, discuss, and reflect on. Orwell does an excellent job showing how quickly (the book is literally 141 pages) and discreetly politics can change to benefit the ones in charge.
I’m super impressed with Orwell’s take on class division, and how he uses such an outrageous setting to get that point across. Rather than implementing corruption and greed within a human setting, Orwell takes readers by surprise and, instead, shows the idiocy of how politics function in the world through a group of farm animals. Impeccable!
I’ve been finding it difficult to talk about this book for some reason. I think it’s because the story really does speak for itself. It’s one of those where you just have to read it yourself to fully appreciate the message for all its intents and purposes.
Extra Thoughts, Comparisons & Possible Spoilers
I can’t help but compare Orwell’s Animal Farm to his later release, 1984.
It’s pretty obvious that 1984 is a more fleshed out and realistic version of Animal Farm. Both stories scrutinize the relationship between man and power, and how people take advantage of power.
Napoleon’s character alone represents an oppressive and ever-changing system, much like Big Brother in 1984. Both characters resemble dictators (Napoleon?? Come on) and change rules/history over time.
Animal Farm does an excellent job in building Orwell’s Napoleon character, as well as what he represents, but there’s something eerie about Big Brother and his non-physical state. Whereas Napoleon the pig is a mortal being that will eventually be deceased/overthrown, Big Brother is more of an ideological being composed of a group of people. This way, Big Brother lives on forever by existing as an idea rather than a living being.
Until Next Time…
What are your thoughts on George Orwell’s 1984, and how did it make you feel? Obviously, my ideas seem to be a bit chaotic and all over the place. But that’s what a book’s suppose to do, right?