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Again sorry about that spacing theres more where this came from though LITERARY CRITICISM Eric Blairs Evaluation of Animal Farm positive Eric Blair wrote much in response to George Orwells Animal Farm The following is a small excerpt which I feel best describes his positive review of the book in a limited amount of writing Orwell is significant for his unwavering commitment both as an individual and as an artist to personal freedom and social justice While he wrote a variety of works his novels Animal Farm 1945 and Nineteen Eighty-Four 1949 are best known and most widely read Animal Farm a deceptively simple animal fable about a barnyard revolt satirizes the consequences of the Russian Revolution while also suggesting reasons for the universal failure of most revolutionary ideas Orwells skill in creating a narrative that functions on several levels is almost unanimously applauded and the novel is generally regarded as a masterpiece of English prose Nineteen Eighty-Four attacks totalitarianism warning that absolute power in the hands of a Western democracy could result in a repressive regime Orwells ability to perceive the social effects of political theories inspired Irving Howe to call him the greatest moral force in English letters during the past several decades Frederick R Karls Evaluation of Animal Farm negative The following is an excerpt from Frederick R Karls 1972 essay titled George Orwell The White Mans Burden Orwell does frequently fail us however in not clearly indicating what belongs to literature and what is proper to history History demands among other things blinding clarity while literature can be impressionistic frenzied symbolic romantic Between the two as Aristotle remarked in his Poetics there is bound to be a clash for the intention of one differs crucially from that of the other Thus we often feel that Orwell as a topical writer has not integrated the two
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