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by George Orwell

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What is the meaning of the subtitle "A Fairy Story" in the title of Animal Farm?

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"Fairy stories," or "fairy tales," have fantastic (in the magical, or make-believe sense of he word) plots, characters, and other elements. But, at the same time, they usually make an important point about human nature or some other aspect of life. Orwell clearly has this in mind with Animal Farm. On the one hand, it is a story that can be read and digested as a simple story about animals on a farm whose attempt to establish an ideal society becomes corrupted. It is a simple tale, one that draws on elements familiar to readers of children's stories. The fact that it features talking animals with quaint names, such as Snowball, Napoleon, and Boxer , clearly puts it in the "fairy story" category. At the same time, its point is deadly serious, and its outlook is actually quite sobering. Of course, readers should know...

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