Critical Analysis Of Animal Farm

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Animal Farm An Anti-totalitarian novel By - George Orwell Key Words  Totalitarian Communism - a political system in which one ruling party plans and controls the collective social action of a state.  Tyranny - cruel and oppressive government or rule.  Dichotomy - division or contrast between two things that are represented as being opposed or entirely different.  Treachery - betrayal of trust. Overview (Context) A dystopian Animal fable – Animal Farm, attacks the idea of totalitarian communism in a simpler format by painting a terrifying picture of a world in which personal freedom is non-existent. As is the case with most fables, Animal Farm is set in an unspecified time period and is largely free from historical references that would allow the reader to date the action precisely. It is fair to assume, however, that Orwell means the fable to be contemporaneous with the object of its satire, the Russian Revolution (1917–1945). It is important to remember that this period represented the recent past and present at the time of writing and that Orwell understands the significance of the story’s action to be immediate and ongoing rather than historical. Analytical Review Chapter 1 Although Orwell aims his satire at totalitarianism in all of its guises - communist, fascist, and capitalist - Animal Farm owes its structure largely to the events of the Russian Revolution as they unfolded between 1917 and 1944. Because of Animal Farm’s parallels with the Russian
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