Animal Farm - $7.92
Animal Farm is a novella first published in 1945. This story is included in many best novel list including Time Magazine's top 100, number 31 in the Modern Library’s list of 100 best fiction, and is included in the encyclopedia of Great Books of the Western World.
Novella n. A short novel or long short story.Animal Farm has also been banned in many countries around the world for numerous reasons, including anthropomorphism and anti-government propaganda. The story gives many human traits to the animals that revolt to take over the farm and is a critique of communism.
Anthropomorphism n. Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.Animal Farm is an allegory for the communist revolution in the Soviet Union. Orwell is using the story in Animal Farm to critique the communist socialist regime that had taken control of the Soviet Union.
Allegory n. A representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.It definitely helps to know some of the history of the Soviet Union and the rise and fall of communism to understand what Orwell is trying to say. The story is very entertaining but when you understand the satire being used you begin to understand the story and the moral in a more obvious way.
Satire n. The use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing,denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.Because the story is teaching a moral or lesson that can be learned from the communism in the Soviet Union it can be considered a fable.
Fable n. A short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral.Orwell used many literary devices to criticize the communism in the Soviet Union and had a hard time finding a publisher. Since the Soviet Union was allied with Britain during WWII, the British publishers did not want to print a book that was critical of the Soviet Union.
Animal Farm is an allegory that follows the rise and fall of communism in the Soviet Union. The story uses the farm animals to tell the story of how the communist revolution came about and how it was corrupted by the leaders. The story is presented as being far fetched by the use of animals to represent the uprising of the people. The use of animals was also considered very offensive. Orwell uses pigs to represent the leaders of the revolution.
Animal Farm is very entertaining even though it is based on true events. Orwell does a great job with the satire to make this a must read for anyone interested in reading the classics. This book is taught in many high schools and universities. Their are two different film versions of the book. Download a free sample and see why everyone that reads this book agrees that it is one of the best novels ever written.
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