Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Fiction, action, adventure
My rate: 4/5
Pages: My hard copy 89
1st Published: 1945
Manor Farm is under animal attack. The animals are tired of slavery, misery, hunger and their lives are short lived. They want to get rid of man and make the produce of their labor their own; REBELLION it is. A society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak… that is their cry that they achieve by chasing man away, replacing Manor to Animal Farm, ‘Beasts of England’ anthem is their song so is a symbol of a green flag with a hoof and horn signifying the future Republic of the Animals. The hilarious part the seven commandments:
- Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Four legs good, two legs better
- Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
- No animal shall wear clothes.
- No animal shall sleep in a bed. (with sheets)
- No animal shall drink alcohol. (To excess)
- No animal shall kill any other animal. (without cause)
- All animals are equal. (But some animals are more equal than others)
Things turn from good to worse when Napoleon takes over leadership, portions are halved, animals are overworked, battles with the humans become rampant and at the center of all this mockery are pigs who wake up late, preserve the best food for themselves, boss other animals, isolate themselves from the rest as they wear clothes and sleep in a bed, discussions and decisions are solely passed by them fueling fear and hate. Civil rights are denied as Napoleon reappoints himself as president, grants himself dignitary accolades not forgetting the gun firing every year on his birthday! Beasts of England is abolished to “Animal Farm, Animal Farm, Never through me shalt thou come to harm,” a special poem entitled ‘Comrade Napoleon ‘is jotted and inscribed on the wall of the big barn. Funny enough, the seven commandments are intertwined to suit Napoleons needs as shown in bold above.
Snowball, Napoleon’s opponent has been receiving blame for all the wrong doings at the Farm courtesy of Squealer, Napoleon’s assistant, whose work is to spread malice so that his boss doesn’t lose their trust. However, the animals hate the Farm now that ‘they have come to a time when no one dares speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roam everywhere and when you have to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes.’
George Orwell takes a reader through sarcasm, humor, pain to tell the misery experienced by man in the hands of unjust leaders taking the form of animals. This tale describes a society seeking equality and they believe they have what it takes when they appoint a leader to take them to this Canaan but hold up, the leader ends up manipulating their minds to satisfy his ego. They believe the overworking is a way to make the future right but they end up wishing things would have remained the same. Napoleon signifies the greedy, dictator, lazy, non-visionary leaders in community who want things to go their way and coincidentally he takes the form of a pig (takes me back to our members of parliament who till today are referred to as M-Pigs). And he reversed the name from Animal Farm to Manor Farm!
“So spare and clear-cut is the style and so good humored the writing, that this modern masterpiece has universal appeal. Mature readers appreciate the powerful satire on communism gone wrong, while for younger readers it is a hilarious fable of the farmyard.”