Friday, September 21, 2012

Animal Farm - Review

Animal Farm
by George Orwell
Genres: Dystopia, Classic, Political, Fantasy

     Absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is the main theme behind this book written by George Orwell during the second world war and contains serious political under currents.

     The farm animals are tired of slaving away for farmer Jones. He is fond of his whiskey and forgets to feed the animals. They run him off the farm and declare themselves independent. The pigs, being the smartest creatures, declare themselves in charge. Seven commandments are laid down as law. Eventually the pigs break all of them.

     The introduction notes that it is ironic that this story was published the day that Hiroshima was bombed. Reading it in today's political arena, I find this story easily compared to the American Revolution. Patriots, tired of taxes and the overbearing thumb of government, overthrew the English government. Over the years Americans have managed to create their own overbearing government and inflated taxes.

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