Book Review: Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
By George Orwell
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company; 1946
The content of the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell is satirical to the Russian
Revolution. The narrative is developed by means of an establishment of events that correlate
directly to changes that occurred in Russia [mainly] in the early 1900's. The events and
characters in the book are comparative to important figures and affairs in the Russian
Revolution. Although Orwell wrote the book to clearly reflect that distinct era, this novel can also
be viewed as an allegory on any revolution. Through this generalized approach to the
presentation of the novel, Orwell creates a more identifiable way in which to explore the
happenstance of the Russian Revolution, while simultaneously creating a completely individual
train of events.
The novel takes place on a farm called "Manor Farm". In the initial stages of the book,
the power over the farm is directly in the hands of a certain "Mr.
Jones" who in recent times has
taken up alcohol consumption. Mr.Jones is parallel to Tsar Nicholas II as suggested by his
antipathy toward his people (the farm animals, in Jones' situation) and his denial of the current
bureaucratic state. Before his abdication in 1917 (as is parallel to Jones' escapement from his
spiteful farm of animals), the Tsar is known to have partaken in excess alcohol consumption
along with his men. It was for this same reason that Jones has lost control of the farm, which
initiates the ideal of revolution to the animals. Old Major stirs the other animals by showing his
disagreement as per Jones' selfish method of running the farm. As quoted in the book, "Man
is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not...