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Animal Farm, anti-utopian satire by George Orwell, published in 1945. One of Orwell’s finest works, it is a political fable based on the events of Russia’s Bolshevik revolution and the betrayal of the cause by Joseph Stalin. The book concerns a group of barnyard animals who overthrow and chase off their exploitative human masters and set up an egalitarian society of their own. Eventually the animals’ intelligent and power-loving leaders, the pigs, subvert the revolution. Concluding that “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (with its addendum to the animals’ seventh commandment: “All animals are equal”), the pigs form a dictatorship even more oppressive and heartless than that of their former human masters.



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Part biography, part history lesson, this clip provides an introduction to Animal Farm prior to studying the novel. A concise overview of the Russian Revolution will help readers contextualise the events of the novel. Information on George Orwell's life experiences and beliefs shed light on his motives for writing this powerful classic. Allegory, totalitarianism and communism are explained.

Enjoy this iconic ‘Fairy Story’ brought to life before your very eyes! Although, is it really a ‘Fairy Story’? The animals of Manor Farm are fed up with being exploited, abused and neglected by humans. When Old Major, the wise old boar, offers a beautiful vision of a future without Man, the animals plan a rebellion. Once they take control of the farm, renaming it ‘Animal Farm’, the animals strive to make Old Major’s dream a reality. Sadly, the dream starts to evaporate as a new form of tyranny takes hold.

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