A extensive book revew on Animal Farm by George Orwell and it's symbolism to the Russian Revolution

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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...