Why is Animal Farm an important book for society?

Animal Farm is an important book for society because it shows us the potential dangers of good intentions. It satirizes the authoritarian USSR and shows how even revolutions born from good intentions can mislead the people they are meant to serve.

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"The road to hell is paved with good intentions", as the old saying goes. And there are few more graphic illustrations in literature of the truth of this saying that Orwell's masterpiece of satire.

Prior to the Animalist Revolution, Old Major convinces the animals that paradise on earth is just around the corner. Once the animals have risen up and driven the hated human oppressor from the farm, they will begin to build an Animalist utopia in which everyone will work together for the common good. There'll be no more hunger, no more backbreaking toil, no more oppression. Life for all the animals will be happy, blissful, and carefree.

Of course, it doesn't work out like that. Once Mr. Jones has been sent packing, the pigs take over and proceed to establish a brutal dictatorship built on lies and repression. Under Napoleon 's despotic regime, the animals are treated far worse than they ever were when Mr. Jones was in charge. The Animalist Revolution started off with such high hopes, and yet the...

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