"Animal Farm" is a novel written by George Orwell and published in 1945. It's a powerful allegorical tale that uses a group of farm animals to satirize the events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the early years of the Soviet Union. The story is set on a farm where the animals overthrow their oppressive human farmer, Mr. Jones, and establish a society where all animals are equal.
The animals' rebellion is led by the pigs, particularly Snowball and Napoleon, who promise a utopian existence. However, as time passes, the pigs become corrupt and betray their original ideals, symbolizing the way power can corrupt even the noblest of revolutions. The famous phrase "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" reflects this transformation.
"Animal Farm" serves as a critique of totalitarianism, the abuse of power, and the manipulation of language and propaganda to control the masses. It's a cautionary tale about the dangers of authoritarian rule and the need for vigilance in defending freedom and equality. The novella's simplicity and powerful message make it a classic of political literature.
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