Animal Farm is a political fable which highlights the downfalls of some political and economic systems. Specifically in the book, it talks of a system known as Animalism. It is considered as one of Britain’s most classical stories and post- war novel.
The themes explored in this book are mainly dictatorship, power and politics.
In this blog post, I will be exploring Animal Farm in more detail.
- What is the book about?
Animal Farm is a highly political book which explores dictatorship and misuse of power. Indeed, there are many political interpretations to this book. However, I believe Animal Farm is about the dangers of ideologies and how something innocent or beneficial can be manipulated. In the beginning of the book, an idea through a dream is told by Old Major. This idea is that animals on the farm will solely benefit from their produce and not imitate the ‘vices of man’. A very fair, simple and liberating idea which later becomes the very cause of oppression.
- Which part of the book was the most emotive?
The saddest part of the book is what happens to Boxer. I won’t reveal too much BUT he was one of the most loyal and hardworking animal in the farm who strongly believed in the cause. Yet, he suffered a cruel fate. It was an emotive part of the story and a betrayal of trust. This aspect of Animal Farm got me emotive because of the distortion of events. Despite events being distorted throughout the novel, I wasn’t prepared for the distortion in Chapter 9.
- What literary devices are used to enhance Animal Farm?
- Songs and Poetry
- Songs and Poetry
- Who should read this book?
Some regard this book as a children’s book and personally, I do not believe it is. I think children would not be able to fully grasp all the dimensions of this novel so I would say Young Adults and upwards. As well as anyone with an interest in politics.
This book is for you if:
- You enjoy political books
- Like books with a moral message
- Want a short read
- Want to read a classic book
This book is not for you if:
- Dislike politics
- Want a long read
- Don’t want to think or analyse too much.
- Don’t want to be pressured into reading classics