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What is the significance of the 7 commandments Do you think George Orwell has a message for his readers Animal Farm by the controversial author George Orwell was written in the 1940s after the 2nd World War 3 decades after the Russian revolution of 1917 It was first published in 1948 after being rejected several times This critically acclaimed book begins during the reign of the incompetent drunkard Farmer Jones who manages his farm badly and neglects the animals The wise boar Old Major gives the animals a speech about rebellion and fighting for the good of all animals 4-legs good 2-legs bad then promptly dies The animals led by the pigs carry out Old Majors wish they rebel and begin to run the farm As time progresses however the pigs take more and more control The pigs slowly but surely break all of the 7 commandments laid out by Old Major to give guidelines for the rebellion that all the animals could understand and refer to Soon the pigs impose a reign of terror and slavery similar to that of Mr Jones In fact by the end of the book they walk on their hind legs like humans like Mr Jones The book appeals to a wide audience as it can be read on many levels It can be read at face value as an animal story or on a deeper level as the story of the Russian revolution revealing the ugly reality of communism It can also be read as the story of the rise of fascism or any powerful elite taking control of a popular movement The revolution and the dreams of a society where all animals could live equally and happily were the thoughts of Old Major Weak or strong clever or simple we are all brothers When he feels his time has come he summons all the animals and tries to pass on the knowledge
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