About the Author:
Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic whose work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
He is best known for the novel Animal Farm and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty Four. His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture.
Story and opinion:
The quote “All Animals are equal But some animals are more equal than others” from the book best describes what the story is trying to convey. A group of animals in Manor Farm are being treated badly in the hands of their Master Mr. Jones. They are treated as a slave and get nothing back even proper food. The animals are motivated by Old Major white boar talks to them and motivated to fight for their freedom against the humans.
After his death, the intelligent animals among the group plan for a rebellion against the humans. With due luck, Jones has put himself in circumstances making the fight for rebellion struggle easier. But the end of one lead to freedom and new and different circumstances within them. Hierarchy and dictatorship prevailed even among the animals. The pigs and dogs take power over the rest of the animals and they endure what they had when under humans.
Power can addictive and consuming. It is what took those who were leading the pack of animals on the farm. They were ready to do anything to have power. In this addiction for power, the pigs who were ruling over and holding the leadership have become similar to what humans where. The problem that animals suffered under the maters of two humans never changed when they were taken care of by four legs animals
The seven commandments that the animals had were
- Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
- Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
- No animal shall wear clothes.
- No animal shall sleep in a bed.
- No animal shall drink alcohol.
- No animal shall kill any other animal.
- All animals are equal.
The book also talks about the concept of animalism and principle that comprises. The commandments play a very important role in the farm and in the concept of animalism. Few rules were changed by the pigs for their benefit over a period of time. The animals who set these commandments with the aim of not being like humans and leading a life with fairness and equality. But when the reality sunk in they turned to be similar to humans.
I would rate this book 4/5