I spent the whole of yesterday afternoon reading one of the most controversial books of all time, the Animal Farm which has also been subsequently made into animated movies.
The Animal Farm is a book written by George Orwell in 1945, and the book still remains a perfect satire to the Stalin reign in the old Soviet Union during World War two.
The general premise of the book is about a farm in England which is taken over by the farm animals after Old Major, a dying boar, told them about a dream of revolution and change where the animals could live amongst themselves and not for humans. After much planning, the animals, led by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball who are widely considered as the smartest on the farm, manages to chase Jones, the owner out of the farm, which they name Animal Farm.
The farm starts out as a fair utopia where each animal is equal, but in the fringes, Napoleon starts a plot so devilish and clever to become the leader of the farm. After deposing of his main rival Snowball, Napoleon is the one who calls the shots at the farm. The plot that follows the trials and tribulations of Boxer, a naive and hardworking horse,who blindly follows the propaganda and lies spread by another pig Squealer, Napoleon’s spokesperson and general public relations practitioner.
All equality on the farm deteriorates painfully as Napoleon and his regime dominate the other animals on the farm which leads to executions and anarchy. The animals are all horribly betrayed as Napoleon and the pigs soon work with humans, consume alcohol, wear clothes, sleep on beds, and display every disgusting human trait possible while totally overhauling the Seven Commandments, the original constitution of the once fair Animal Farm.
The story is fairly simple, but the analogies and thought-provoking pathos and logos cannot be denied. Napoleon is very much Stalin in his wicked ways, and all the different animals portray various sections of the parties involved in World War two and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.
Everything may start with good intentions, but when power increases the stakes are bound to change. Animal Farm is a warning for people to have a mind of their own, to not take words lightly and without further investigation, and most importantly, to stay true to yourself and not be like Napoleon and the pigs, who at the latter stages of the book, learn to walk like humans.