A Reader posted a review at 2008-12-02 04:31:06.
Like many other book reviewers here, I was forced to read Animal Farm by George Owell. I had many other choices, however, since Animal Farm seems to be the shortest, yet fruitful book to read, I decided to read for my quarter book. Like many other reviewers, Animal Farm is a very touching, sophisticated book expressed through short content. Animal Farm appears to be a book based on factual information from the real world. It is interesting how a book could illustrate communism and corruption during the Stalin era through the leadership of pigs.
At first, the human beings seemed to be the ruler throughout the story. Pigs, cows, and many other animals were completely against their owners’ behaviors. Animals were united and planned a scheme to overthrow the house owners. The Animals have created a huge rebel and created the seven commandments for equal treatment among animals. Though the pigs were the only animals that could read and write, their governmental system seemed to be secured. As time passed by, greediness and avarice led the pigs to change the seven commandments for their advantage from “No animal shall sleep in a bed, No animal shall drink alcohol, No animal shall kill any other animal” (Owell 9) into “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets, No animal shall drink alcohol to excess, No animal shall kill any other animal without cause” (Owell ). I would have thought the change in a strange way as all of the other animals did in the book, before I saw ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS” (Owell 52)
As I was reading Animal Farm, it reminded me of 1984, another series of George Owell. 1984 also depicts communism in more intense way through human beings. In 1984, reforming the structure of language and removal of personal expression and thought were used as a tool to control other people and prevent then from thinking. Some people say language makes you think; therefore, if you simplify language into few words, people won’t be able to think critically. It is called as “thought crime" whenever people talked or thought of corruption. Surprisingly, it is not hard to find these communist aspects from Animal Farm. Boxer, a hard working bull, was removed from the Animal Farm because he gained more fame, respect, and honor than Napoleon.
I highly recommend those who read 1984 to read Animal Farm since it has a very similar tone and setting. Both books have a very intense atmosphere and are both based on idea of communism. Therefore, it would relate to each other a lot and would help you understand and enjoy the book a lot. I still prefer people to read the Animal Farm since it is sophisticatedly written expressing communism.