Explain how Animal Farm is a political satire.

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Animal Farm is both a political satire and an allegory. In an allegory, everything has both a literal and symbolic meaning. Orwell's novel parallels the Russian Revolution in order to comment on the way power corrupts and to warn against totalitarianism (as he also does this in the political novel 1984).

In Animal Farm, the animals rebel against humans and take over the farm. They claim that all animals are equal, but it isn't long before the pigs assert their authority over other animals. The pig Napoleon 's corruption is meant to reflect Stalin's reign over the Soviet Union in the 20th century. Once Napoleon has power, he and his pig friends start to think of themselves as above the other animals, even...

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