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Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Much like a handful of other books rather forced on school children I feel that Animal Farm suffers in the minds of some due to this association. It’s not a children’s book, it’s political allegory and it’s actually quite dark and unnerving. That children are often assigned to read it should not be confused with it being FOR children.

The story is that of an animal revolt against their oppressive human masters only to submit their freedom to oppressive animal masters.

The animals are told, “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.” which goes to show that railing against the 1% is as old as time as that language should sound familiar to us all.

In the end the animals face a different master, and one perhaps even worse, “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

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