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Power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely-and this is vividly and eloquently proved in Orwells short novel Animal Farm is a simple fable of great symbolic value and as Orwell himself explained it is the history of a revolution that went wrong The novel can be seen as the historical analysis of the causes of the failure of communism or as a mere fairy-tale in any case it tells a good story that aims to prove that human nature and diversity prevent people from being equal and happy or at least equally happy Animal Farm tells the simple and 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 What the animals seem to have aimed at was a utopian sort of communism where each would work according to his capacity respecting the needs of others The venture failed and Animal Farm ended up being a dictatorship of pigs who were the brightest and most idle of the animals Orwells mastery lies in his presentation of the horrors of totalitarian regimes and his analysis of communism put to practice through satire and simple story-telling The structure of the novel is skillfully organized and the careful reader may for example detect the causes of the unworkability of communism even from the first chapter This is deduced from Orwells description of the various animals as they enter the barn and take their seats to listen to the revolutionary preaching of Old Major father of communism in Animal Farm Each animal has different features and attitude the pigs for example settled down in the straw immediately in front of the platform which is a hint on their future role whereas Clover the affectionate horse made a sort of wall with her foreleg to protect some ducklings So it appears that the revolution was doomed from the beginning even
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