Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Animal Farm~ George Orwell
Animal Farm is one of the the most famous works of political allegory ever written till date.
In today's world, should a person's position in society be determined by wealth, power and education alone? In Animal Farm, George Orwell examines this question by paralleling the way a society functions with a fictitious farm governed by animals. By using the different animals as the people in society, he seeks to show the reader how people are positioned within a society. The story is about a farm governed by animals. The owner is known for mistreating his animals and is unable to run the farm effectively. While the farmer sleeps, the animals discuss plans to revolt against him. So,in the spring, the animals launch their attack. They start with a loud enough disturbance to draw the people from the farmhouse and then chase them off the farm. The animals decided to form their own government where all shall share in the work based on their ability. The pigs are the rulers,since they are considered intelligent. The pigs learn the skills of man including farming, reading, writing and architecture and with these skills, they teach other animals. They create a nation of animals with laws for all inhabitants. Although the animals were successful at managing crops and constructing buildings, there are problems: a power struggle ensues between two ruling pigs. Well, to know more... read the book :-)
Fiction isn't many people's choice of reading, but you will definitely enjoy this book because the author's immense creativity in drawing the scenario of the story with morale is very well presented and it will take you inside the lanes more as you read on. It was interesting how Orwell used the animals to make a statement about politics and society. Although the book was published in 1945, many of those social and political issues (such as inequalities among people and society's class structure) are still relevant. The novel was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
If you are looking for a book that blends controversy with fiction, I suggest you pick up George Orwell's Animal Farm. You will probably enjoy it as much as I did. You will feel the placidity of the gregarious nature of animal instinct imbibed into the humane typo .. Ciao