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My Reflections: Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

April 5, 2010

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I just finished reading this story last night.  At 128 pages, it’s not a hard read.  Orwell describes it as a fairytale.  I remember reading somewhere that it was written for children.

As you might expect, Animal Farm was about totalitarianism. I haven’t read 1984 so I can’t compare Animal Farm with that.   I can say though that Animal Farm is about how the ideals of revolution quickly get tossed out as people seek out their own means of survival in the new establishment.  In other words, the story shows a struggle for authoritative dominance where the majority suffer victimhood at the hands of the elite few.  A familiar quote comes from near the end of the book when the revolutions’ seven commandments get replaced by one, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”  The end of the story presages the line from the old song by The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, where Daltry sings “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”  The story reminds me of yet another quote that goes: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  I would only add that those who seek power are the most corrupt of all.  Finally, I would ask that we all keep that in mind at our next election.

mike n.


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