On a larger scale, commentators widely view Animal Farm as an allegory for the rise and decline of socialism in the Soviet Union and the emergence of the totalitarian regime of Joseph Stalin.
Critics regard the story as an insightful and relevant exploration of human nature as well as political systems and social behavior.
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“Animal Farm Fifty Years On.” Contemporary Review 267, no. [In the following essay, Peters considers the continuing relevance and influence of Animal Farm on the fiftieth anniversary of its publication.] Few books are as well-known as Animal Farm.
Before long, the pigs separate themselves from the other animals on the farm and begin to indulge in excessive drinking and other decadent behavior.
Under the protection of the dogs, they consolidate their iron-fisted rule and begin eliminating any animal they consider useless or a threat to their power.
Identified as the smartest animals in the group, the pigs—led by the idealistic Snowball and the ruthless Napoleon—successfully plan and lead the revolution.
After Jones and his wife are forced from the farm, the animals look forward to a society where all animals are equal and live without the threat of oppression.
In the subsequent years, Animal Farm has been interpreted from feminist, Marxist, political, and psychological perspectives, and it is perceived as an important and relevant book in the post-World War II literary canon. (novels, short novel, essays, diaries, and letters) 1986-1998 Down and Out in Paris and London (nonfiction) 1933 Burmese Days (novel) 1934 A Clergyman's Daughter (novel) 1935 Keep the Aspidistra Flying (novel) 1936 The Road to Wigan Pier (nonfiction) 1937 Homage to Catalonia (nonfiction) 1938 Coming Up for Air (novel) 1939 Inside the Whale, and Other Essays (essays) 1940 The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius (essays) 1941 Critical Essays (essays) 1946; also published as Dickens, Dali, and Others 1946 James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution (nonfiction) 1946 The English People (essays) 1947 Nineteen Eighty-Four (novel) 1949 Shooting an Elephant, and Other Essays (essays) 1950 England Your England, and Other Essays (essays) 1953; also published as Such, Such Were the Joys 1953 The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell. (essays, letters, and diaries) 1968 SOURCE: Review of Animal Farm, by George Orwell. [In the following review, the reviewer considers Orwell's views on revolution and dictatorship as expressed in Animal Farm.] Animals, as Swift well knew, make admirable interpreters of the satiric intention, and Mr.
Moreover, it is considered one of Orwell's most lasting achievements. George Orwell has turned his farm into a persuasive demonstration of the peculiar trick the whip wrested from the hands of a tyrant has of turning itself into a lash of scorpions and attaching itself to the new authority.