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Animal Farm Animal Farm is often read as a critique against Soviet communism which it is and was clearly meant to be It is a warning that all who desire to be political leaders are suspect This story is about corruption in government and describes to the reader how a seemingly good thing can easily turn bad before the public realizes what is happening Most events in the book are clearly taken from the Russian experience The animals all address themselves as comrade for example The fight between Napoleon and Snowball seems a near similar to that between Stalin and Trotsky However others seem to be taken directly from the American experience The animals are Irish and English kicking out their English overlord Beasts of England beasts of Ireland Beasts of every land and clime Hearken to my joyful tidings Of the golden future time Soon or late the day is coming Tyrant Man shall be oerthrown And the fruitful fields of England Shall be trod by beasts alone The book was set it in England not Eastern Europe specifically a great distance from the Russian experience in my opinion and to set it in his readers home country On the other hand it was important for him to let the socialist movement know that Russia was not a successful achievement of socialism I think he also wanted to warn all of us of the dangers of politicians who claim to have our best interests at heart The lyrics above apply more to the United States the colony of England than to Russia The attack on the animals windmill seems to me to apply more to the English attack of 1812 on the American capitol burning it to the ground than it does to Hitlers attack on Russia There are the seven commandments the things that separate animals from tyrants which make all animals equal Slowly over the course of the novel each
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