A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned – a razor edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
Most people will know the story reflects the events of the Russian Revolution and Orwell’s dislike of Stalinism. Interestingly, Orwell wrote it in the 1940’s when the UK was in an alliance with the Soviet Union, and Orwell describes it as the first book in which he tried “to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole”.
But despite the famed historical background, its scathing themes of satire are easily (and often) applied to modern life. It is just as relevant reading it today as when it was first written. And even if you read it in school, or years ago, it is well worth a re-read.
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”