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Orwell Marx Animalism vs Marxism Every line I have written since 1936 has been written directly or indirectly against totalitarianism quotes George Orwell in the preface to the 1956 Signet Classic edition of Animal Farm The edition which sold several millions copies however omitted the rest of the sentence and for democratic Socialism as I understand it It is in Animal Farm written in 1944 but not published until after World War Two in 1945 which Orwell offers a political and social doctrine whose ideas and ideols can be seen in all of his proceeding works In an essay published in the summer of 1946 entitled Why I Write Orwell claimed to have been motivated over the preceding ten years by a desire to make political writing into an art In the essay he states that in Animal Farm he had for the first time in his writing career consciously tried to achieve this goal to harmonize political concerns with artistry Twayne 17 Orwell however for reasons such as the omitted portion of his preface and misreadings of his novels has been mislabeled a traitor of Socialism or a hero to the right wing by theorists and critics His book besides a parody of Stalinist Russia intends to show that Russia was not a true democratic Socialist country Looked at carefully Animal Farm is a criticism of Karl Marx as well as a novel perpetuating his convictions of democratic Socialism these are other inherent less discussed qualities in Animal Farm besides the more commonly read harsh criticism of totalitarianism Orwell and Marx differed in their views on Socialism and its effects on religion and nationalism as well as Socialisms effects on society and its leaders Orwell shared many of Marxs viewpoints but he did not share with Marx the same vision of a utopian future only the prospects of a worldwide revolution Orwells work indicates that he had read Marx with care and understanding
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