Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Widely acknowledged as a powerful allegory, the 1945 novella 'Animal Farm', conceived from the satirical mind of acclaimed author George Orwell, is a harrowing fable of a fictional dystopia that critiques the socialist philosophy of Stalin in terms of his leadership of the Soviet Union. Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose initial virtuous intentions are subverted into tyranny. This notion is manifested by their derivative mantra: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others”. George Orwell’s themes encompassed throughout his novella directly coincide with prominent academic Louis T. Stover (2001) and her interpretation of quality young adult literature. The novella ‘Animal Farm’ confers the perils of political idealism when beset with power. ‘Animal Farm’ effectively emulates and validates Stover’s statement when she states that quality young adult literature mirrors the concerns of society out of which it is produced and is able to distil the complexities of the issue for readers.

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'Animal Farm' is a lament for the fate of revolutions and the hopes contained in them. Orwell believed that the basis for society was human decency and common sense, a basis that conflicted with the ideals for society that were prevalent at the time. Orwell harbored the belief that the governments were
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