Political Allegory In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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In global political scenario, December 30, 1921 is, arguably, one of the most important days of the 20th century. On this particular day, an unprecedented history was created; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), world’s first “socialist state” was born out of the historical “Great October Socialist Revolution”. In the long run, USSR/ Soviet Union was not the perfect nation by any means, yet it’s hard to deny the fact that unprecedented changes happened in the world, directly or indirectly, because of its historic creation, imposing presence, and major-league influence in global politics until its ultimate demise in 1991. Like the political scenario, world literature was also changing its face during mid- twentieth century, and the issue of communism had become one of the prominent subjects in the writings of that time. Animal Farm, a novella written by a popular 20th century English writer George Orwell, is both an allegory and satire of the “socialist” state of Soviet Union. His own experience of fighting against the totalitarian communists in Spain in 1938 turned Orwell into one of the most astringent critics of Joseph Stalin and his corrupted autocratic regime in the Soviet Russia. Widely considered as one of the best books of 20th century, Animal Farm is written in simple language but is vastly rich of allegories and satire. I have chosen this literature for my research paper, and I will be using it to argue that even though Orwell criticized the “socialist”

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