Animal Farm is a political satire because it uses humor and the absurd to make a serious political point. On the one hand, it is simply a story about animals, one that ends badly, but still a cartoonish story in which animals have human characteristics, including the ability to speak. But on a deeper level, it is an examination of the ways that power can corrupt and of the unintended consequences that can result from revolutionary change. As is well known, the story was intended to be an allegory of the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin. Like Stalin, Napoleon has deviated from the idealistic goals of communism (or, more accurately, animalism). So while the idea of talking animals forming their own government may seem funny or even ridiculous, there is a deeper underlying message that is very serious.