"Animal Farm: A Fairy Story" by George Orwell

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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Penguin Books, 1989), written by George Orwell, is an appealing book that alludes to the Russian Revolution, which occurred in the early 20th century. This satirical, comical, and historically meaningful novel tells of a farm called the Manor Farm, which is controlled by an infamous farmer named Jones. This novel is an exceptional allegory of the Russian Revolution. First, Orwell's usage of slogans and songs develop a heavy, monolithic mood. Also, Orwell uses right usage of literary devices, which makes this allegory complete. And thirdly, Orwell uses reader-friendly characters that help readers in understanding the predicament that Russia was in.

First, Orwell uses phrases and songs that create a strong mood that catches readers' minds. "Beasts of England" foreshadows the hardship that animals need to endure in order to be freed from humans' slavery. This song is related to the poor common peasants that lived during Stalin's time, when Stalin had all the power.

Also the slogan "Four legs good, two legs bad" is a simple but significant phrase that strongly evokes animals to fight against their poor leader Jones. These songs and phrases symbolize the mood that Russian citizens were in during the horrible time of Stalin's dictatorship.

Secondly, Orwell converts complicated political matter into straightforward one by inserting new terms such as Animalism. Animalism is a new ideology introduced by Old Major, a wise elderly pig. He said that Animalism is a belief that human beings are purely animal and lacking a spiritual nature. This ideology is based on the slogan "Four legs good, two legs bad". Even these few things have very important meanings in the story, and they do not seem so important when it is just seen as a group of words and a term.

However, the most important thing...