Orwell's personal experience played a great role in his political writings. After being a colonial police officer in Burma, Orwell returned to England and came in contact with poor, unemployed coal miners. This experience swayed Orwell towards socialism. However, as a Socialist in the 1930s, Orwell became disturbed by the spread of dictatorships and wrote Animal Farm in his disillusionment with Communism. Just as the animals are hungier after Napoleon gains control, the Russians suffered from famine as a result of the Communist state controlling farming. Ironically, it was the private farms, not the large state collective farms, that fed Russia.
Like many other writers of great acumen, George Orwell wrote to warn people of the dangers of becoming complacent and in believing propaganda.