September 3, 2008

…But some animals are more equal than others!

Posted in Books - Fav. Selections, Books Reviews, English, Revolutionary and Politician at 4:14 pm by Rou...

I know that I am a bit late in doing this, but I finally read George Orwell’s masterpiece “Animal Farm”… A simple flowing novel with great symbolic values that highlights the dark sides of human nature…

 

As most of you may already know, “Animal Farm” tells the tragic story of what happens when the oppressed farm animals’ rebel, drive out Mr. Jones, the farmer, and attempt to rule the farm themselves, on an equal basis, where each would work according to his capacity, respecting the needs of others. With the dream of Utopia in mind, the animals created their “Seven Commandments” which ensure equality and prosperity for all the animals. However, their adventure eventually failed, and “Animal Farm” ended up being a dictatorship of pigs, with the seven commandments reversed throughout the years until ultimately turned into one single commandment that said: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others!”

 

One of the most sarcastic parts from my point of view was having “Squealer”, that pig that could turn anything into its reverse, convincing the other animals that it was for their own sake that the pigs ate most of the apples and drank most of the milk, explaining that leadership was a “heavy responsibility”, and therefore the animals should be thankful to “Napoleon”; the leader pig!!!

 

Throughout the course of the novel, Orwell keeps you amazed on how the dark side of anyone can ruin lives of others, and as you reach its final page with the last sentence saying “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…”, you can’t but wonder how power turned the pigs from simple “comrades” to coldblooded dictators who managed to walk on two legs, and carry whips… just like man do…

 

For me, “Animal Farm” says…

1-      Power corrupts, and even more; absolute power corrupts absolutely

2-      There’s no such place called “Utopia”

3-      Propaganda, brainwashing, and thoughts control make people believe – practically – anything

Anyways, I will leave you with my favorite parts from the novel…

 

Rou…

 

 

“Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer – except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs. Perhaps this was partly because there were so many pigs and so many dogs…”

 

“As for the others, their life, so far as they knew, was as it had always been. They were generally hungry, they slept on straw, they drank from the pool, they labored in the fields; in winter they were troubled by the cold, and in summer by the flies. Sometimes the older ones among them racked their dim memories and tried to determine whether in the early days of the Rebellion things had been better or worse than now. They could not remember. There was nothing with which they could compare their present lives…”

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