So we have a drunken farmer who is quickly usurped by his animals who run him off in their rebellion. All is peachy keen as the animals gather to set down a foundation for their newly formed society, but as they greet each other as comrades and the pigs (more aptly swine) utter that “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others“, it is clear that the agreed upon rules of Animalism are certainly not equitable, but are in fact equivocal.
Napoleon, a self serving boar becomes the leader of the animals after he mysteriously eliminates his rival, Snowball. He most certainly represents Stalin, whose actions in Spain directly impacted Orwell who fought to support the Spanish government.
Representing Trotsky was Snowball who empathized with all of the animals and who believed that they could all work together and share the rewards. Unfortunately, he like Trotsky, was exiled and eventually eliminated.
My personal favorite is Benjamin, a cynical donkey (some, but not I, might say an ass) who accepts the animal rebellion with no enthusiasm and without any expectation of change. He is a very intelligent animal and sees how the animals are being intimidated by Napoleon, but remains apathetic until he discovers disastrous plans for Boxer, his horse friend, however, his actions are too late to save the fate of his friend.
I would just love to see what Mr. Orwell could come up with for our current times and I’m sure it would be a dandy. Chatting with him over a little lunch would be so very interesting and I’d try to prod him a bit for his amazing writing skills.
My rating for Animal Farm is an 8 out of 10.
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