I just finished Animal Farm by George Orwell, and it was an outstanding book. Orwell literally and figuratively expresses the ideas of communism and political matters in the most brilliant way; by using farm animals. For those of you who haven’t read it, I’l give you a brief description. Basically, there is a group of farm animals who basically are under a farmer which depicts capitalism. One pig steps forward and they start to question if they are actually free and under the pigs leadership (since they are the smarter animals of the bunch) they kick out the farmer. This is where they start their own democracy and set some rules or laws that they must follow. Eventually there is some disagreements and one of the pigs takes over as a dictator. The book is brilliantly laid out and when Orwell wrote this he had many references to Stalin. It’s only about 100 pages so it is a worthy read, but beware it is extremely sad and violent; my favorite type of stories. Some of my favorite quotes from the book are below:
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
“The Seven Commandments:
Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
No animal shall wear clothes.
No animal shall sleep in a bed.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
All animals are equal.”
This book is a great example on what can happen under socialism and what better analogies than the fond little critters we like but controversially eat? I will never understand humans.