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Animal Farm

George Orwell wrote Animal Farm in 1945 as an allegoricalSymbolic or metaphorical. A narrative in which a character, place, or event is used to tell a broader message about real-world issues. tale warning against the horrors of Joseph StalinDictator of the Soviet Union. Stalin has been accused of numerous human rights abuses, including sentencing around a million political opponents to death and prison.'s dictatorial rule in the USSRThe United Socialist Soviet Republic, the USA’s main rival in the Cold War before it collapsed and broke up into a number of smaller states in 1991.. It begins on an ordinary farm in England, until a group of animals decide that their labours are being exploited by their human master. They stage a rebellion and take over the farm, declaring: "All animals are equal." But the idealism of socialistA term used to describe a range of beliefs that stress collective control of economic processes. In the USA, it usually refers to a group of people who think that the USA ought to be more like European countries, offering universal healthcare, a higher minimum wage, and stronger workers' rights. values are soon corrupted by the farm's greedy and clever new leaders: the pigs. They impose a totalitarianWhen a political system or leader requires complete subservience to the state. In a totalitarian system, people are not allowed to express their own opinions. regime until a new slogan emerges: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

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