Animal Farm Themes

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Animal Farm remains highly significant in today’s society. The themes and events in this book are eye opening and thought provoking, relating well to concerns and struggles in today's world. As a teenager who is part of generation Z, I am concerned about racial inequality, shrinking of the middle class, political strife, and my generation's role and responsibility for the future. Nearly half a century ago, the Civil Rights Act in 1964 was passed, aimed to end all discrimination towards race, color, religion, and sex. Now in 2017, in the U.S., I watch the news every night listening to another tragic story about some innocent African American getting killed by a white policeman. These people are your neighbors, and their daily lives evolve around the question “Am I going to die today because of my race or color?” The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” If the Declaration states that we are all equal, why don’t we treat each other equally? In Animal Farm, one of the original commandments of Animalism was “All animals are equal.” However, this did not hold true, as Napoleon abused his power. All original commandments are replaced with one, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” [Orwell 92] Napoleon considers himself “more equal” than the

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