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by George Orwell

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Why did Orwell choose a farm as the novel Animal Farm's setting?

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In his 1947 preface to the Ukrainian edition of Animal Farm, Orwell provided some background on what led him to the farm setting of the story. He was distressed at the way many people in England misunderstood the severity and cruelty of what was then occurring in the Soviet Union under Stalin. Orwell did not think that Stalin's brutal totalitarian regime should be confused with true socialism. The problem of how to communicate the reality of what was going on in Russia plagued Orwell. He recounts:

[F]or the past ten years I have been convinced that the destruction of the Soviet myth [the myth that it was socialist state and not a...

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