Animal Farmby George Orwell
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- Grades: 9 - 12
- Ages: 14 - and up
In this ruthless satire, 1984 author George Orwell explores the inevitable flaw in all utopian visions—that perfect societies require perfect people.
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When the boar Old Major gathers the animals together to teach them the revolutionary anthem "Beasts of England," the young pigs Snowball and Napoleon take its message to heart. Soon they're organizing the animals under a socialist regime based on seven commandments, the last of which is "All animals are equal."
But it isn't long before the pigs are taking the best food for themselves, breaking into the farmer's liquor supply, forging self-serving alliances with their human neighbors, and even killing the other animals. In the end the commandments, which have all been broken, are replaced by a single rule: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
Readers will find lots think and talk about in this novel that says so much about the struggle for equality and the forces that mass against it. For it seems that, when it comes to power, even animals are all too human.