The allegorical novel “Animal Farm” by George Orwell tells us about the Russian Revolution in an unusual kind of way. In a time when it was difficult to express your thoughts and feelings, Orwell portrayed important characters such as Stalin, the Secret Police, Karl Marx or Leon Trotzky as animals on a farm.
When Old Major, a pig, shares his dream of a perfect future when animals rule for themselves and strive to be the opposite of human beings, it triggers a successful revolution that drives Farmer Jones, the head of Manor Farm, off his property and leaves “Animal Farm”. In the early stages of victory, life for the animals is heaven. New rules are established, and the whole farm lives by the motto “All animals are equal”.
But soon the pigs rise as the new leaders with Napoleon and Snowball on top. The lives of Animal Farm’s residents fall into a downward spiral, and the book leaves us with the difficulty of distinguishing pigs from men and the changed motto, now “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.
Animal Farm is an incredibly interesting book … if only you are familiar with the Russian Revolution. Of course, nothing speaks against reading it for fun, but I don’t think that you can really appreciate the story or give George Orwell the proper amount of respect if you have no idea about any background information. (Carolyn Kraus, 6a, 22. 12. 2015)
Animal Farm by George Orwell is a biting satrire with a lot of parallels to politics of today and of the past. The novel is about a farm in England where the animals start a revolution against the drunken farmer, Mr. Jones. The animals learn how to read, talk and think for themselves. The cleverest ones on the farm, the pigs, are at the top, and they rule the farm. As time goes by, the system on the farm changes from a Communist society with everyone being equal to a cruel dictatorship.
I liked the book very much because it's well-written and easy to understand. It is a must-read because when you have started to read the book, you can hardly stop. That's why I can recommend it to everyone because it deals with issues that are interesting for most people. (Deniz Pekin, 6x, 2013)