Published in 1945, George Orwell’s famous allegorical story Animal Farm is a satire about the corrupting effects of power which reflect Orwell’s views on the failures of communism.
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When the old Major, a highly respected white boar, gathers his fellow farm animals to preach about freedom, rebellion and the evils of man, he kicks off a revolution that has been brewing for years. The animals drive out their drunken farmer, Mr Jones, and create their own society which promises equality for all. Two scheming pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, appoint themselves leaders and what begins as a supposedly equalitarian community descends into an increasingly violent and hierarchical society permeated by lies and corruption.
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If you are looking for allegorical literature to understand today’s politics, Animal Farm is a great guidepost.
The Cold War Candide . . . Virtually every detail in Animal Farm allegorizes some incident in that history.