Is there a clear-cut lesson to be learned from Animal Farm? If so, can anyone tell me. Also can some one tell me their own interpretation of the novel. THANK YOU SO MUCH>>>>> :)
OH and also, does anyone think Orwell was successful in Animal Farm?
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Animal Farm was written to denounce the political and social revolution taking place in Russia at the time. Not only is it a metaphor of the situation, but it also deals with the humanity (and inhumanity) of politicians who claim to want equality for the masses, yet, allow their own hunger for ambition to turn them into the exact opposite of what they promised the masses they will become.
Orwell was successful because he was able to bring a topic that was specific to such a general context that, to this day, one can read the novella and relate it not only to Russia in the 1920s-1940's, but also to just about any other period in history where society has been oppressed by an unjust leader. This story is both timeless, and universal.
My own impression was that Orwell, in his infinite wit, decided to show us a very ugly reality using animals. This is similar to a teacher, or a parent, teaching children about the ugliness of reality using puppets, or something liked by many, so that everyone can understand. I enjoy teaching this novel, and one could argue that each time you read it, you get a different message every time.
Animal Farm is all about communism and how there can never be a true society of equals. There will always be someone in charge, someone more equal than others. Too often those persons in charge will be tyrannical, like the pigs in the book and like the party members in Soviet Russia.
Animal farm presents a set of complex ideas which cannot be easily summarised as a one simple lesson, or as any type of lesson - simple or complex. At is representation of theory of class struggle formulated by Karl Marx, and based on that, attempts to establish a classless and oppression less society. This representation is by George Orwell - as seen and represented by him, which need not be full accurate. Many of the ideas presented by him appear to be represent some historical realities. But that does not mean that everything sought to be conveyed by Orwell in Animal far is "truth, nothing but the truth, and whole truth". Particularly, the way the novel ends - pigs, representing the intellectual class, becoming the upper class under the communistic regime has no parallel in history.
If we assume that the purpose of the whole story was lead up to the events of the last chapter, rather than describe many different sprinkled throughout the book, than I would say that the message Orwell is trying to convey is that it is not possible to have a classless society as envisaged by Karl Marx.
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