Animal Farm Review

Animal Farm Review

The book Animal Farm by George Orwell is a well thought out representation of many crucial events in Russian history and beyond in a simplified manner. The novel tells the tale of a group of animals that are seeking to overthrow their evil, selfish human leaders of the farm in which they live. This idea for a revolt is begun in most part by the smartest of all the animals, the pigs. The story starts off quite suddenly with the animals running the farmers out of their land, changing the name of the meadow to Animal Farm. With their new found power, they come together to create a type of government called Animalism that would function mainly under the control of the two most dominant pigs, Napoleon and Snowball. The highlighted rules for this regime were that all animals were to be equal, no animal shall kill another, and human activities must not be partaken in. In the end, this system fails due to many disagreements between the higher ups on issues including using a windmill for power and on the treatment of the animals as a whole. Eventually, Snowball is banished from the farm, putting Napoleon in full command of the government, leading to awful conditions for all creatures alike and the end to many of the Animalism commandments. Years and years later, the owner of the farm comes back once again, to find the pigs as well as most of the animals acting like humans, the one concept that was considered evil even before the revolution. Almost all of the characters and events that occur within Animal Farm have a direct connection with the Soviet Union and the time before and after its rule, giving the book a deep underlying meaning and value. I found this book very easy to read and comprehend, as well as entertaining throughout.