Animal Farm is the story of a group of farm animals who overthrow their human owner and learn to collectively manage their farm themselves. Eventually, the cunning pigs get a taste of power and end up becoming as corrupt (or more corrupt) than the farmer was. The story is intended to be read as a satire of the Soviet Union and how the concept of socialism was corrupted there. The book is anti-totalitarianist and pro-socialist, but since modern American readers have been fed anti-socialist propaganda and misinformation for so long, most people think the book is anti-socialist (and therefore permit it in high school English classes). This particular edition has an excellent introduction and also includes Orwell's proposed prefaces for the English and Ukranian editions.
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