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by George Orwell

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What is the genre of Animal Farm?

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The genre of Animal Farm is defined as a long work of prose fiction. The first component of the genre is that it is written in prose, as opposed to verse or poetry. The term "fiction" means that it is concerned with imaginary people or events. Unlike such nonfiction genres as history or autobiography, fictional works are not primarily focused on the lives or actions of real people. Short works of prose fiction are called "short stories," medium length works are called novellas, and long works (usually over 40,000 words) are called novels.

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George Orwell’s book “The Animal Farm” is both an allegory and a political satire. As an allegory, characters in the story represented characters and situations to reveal aspects about them. Specifically, Animal farm represents characters and events during the 1917 Russian Revolution and the initial years of the Soviet Union. Notably, Manor farm is an allegory of Russia, while Mr. Jones represents the Russian Czar. As well, Snowball represents the revolutionary Leon Trotsky, Napoleon represents Stalin, Boxer represents the Russian working class, and the dogs represent Stalin’s secret police.

Further, the book Animal Farm is a political satire written to match communist Russia. Events and characters in the book match those during the communist revolution. For instance, Snowball and Napoleon, who match the leadership of Trotsky and Stalin, fought for the control of the government. Thereafter, Stalin gains more power and support thus banishing Trotsky from Russia. Despite Stalin’s promises of freedom and liberty, under his rule, the Russian people are oppressed further.

In a similar script, Snowball and Napoleon compete over issues on the farm. To reduce competition, Napoleon brands snowball a traitor causing him to flee. However, under Napoleon’s rule, the animals suffer extensively. For instance, Napoleon's greed and liking for alcohol cause the sale of Boxer-a sickly horse that could not work- to the knackers to raise cash for more alcohol.