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Why was the book Animal Farm banned in non-communist countries?

The UAE banned it because: "it contained text or images that goes against Islamic values, most notably the occurrence of an anthropomorphic, talking pig." - from Wikipedia Vietnam has the book ...
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Does "Animal Farm" explicitly state anywhere in the text that it is in fact a political allegory?

The closest thing to a statement of allegory is the often-ignored subtitle of the book "A Fairy Story". This was on the cover of the original editions, but was dropped by U.S. publishers and most ...
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Who does the cat represent in Animal Farm?

Yes. In the words of Jesse McDevitt-Irwin: suggests that she could represent the educated of Russia, more specifically, the educated who did not believe that communism was the correct path. She also ...
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Who does the cat represent in Animal Farm?

The cat does have significance, but it's hard to say who exactly she represents. She skulks around and doesn't do any work, votes for both sides, and makes people satisfied enough that she never ...
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Who does the cat represent in Animal Farm?

As acknowledged above, the cat probably represents opportunistic, underground criminals who persisted after the revolution. Her attempts to lure the wild birds by offers of camaraderie are simply a ...
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What is the meaning of Benjamin the donkey's cryptic answer?

While the narration claims this is a cryptic answer, it is more in the sense of being cryptic to the other animals than to the reader. Benjamin is the oldest animal and the reader can intuit from this ...
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What does Mrs. Jones represent in Animal Farm?

Orwell explicitly stated that the story of Animal Farm was a retelling of the Russian Revolution. Since the farm represents the "Russian Imperial Regime", by extension Farmer Jones is therefore Czar ...
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What does Old Major in Animal Farm represent?

I've always thought of Old Major as representing Vladimir Lenin. Old Major is the figure with the vision and ideology who inspires the other animals and kicks off the revolution, then dies and leaves ...
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Who does Mollie represent in Animal Farm?

Before the rebellion, Mollie is a vain horse that likes eating sugar and wearing ribbons in her manes. (She has a lump of sugar at the time of the first meeting.) After the rebellion, she still wants ...
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Who does Mollie represent in Animal Farm?

Mollie represented the Russian bourgeoisie. She likes being pampered and fled Russia after the revolution. She now reminisces of her wealthier days. When she leaves, “none of the animals ever ...
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What does Old Major in Animal Farm represent?

Old Major is generally accepted to represent Karl Marx as he is the originator of the ideas behind the reformation on the farm. However, he plays a minimal role in their implementation and their image ...
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Who does Mollie represent in Animal Farm?

Mollie represented the Aristocrats. She enjoyed all the benefits of society and generally being pampered. But as soon as she was required to do work and be equals with the rest of the farm animals, ...
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Who or what does Benjamin the donkey represent in Animal Farm?

as an allegory, he represents the average bystander. -- a quote -- "life will go as it always goes -- that is, badly." //he knows what it was like with jones and comes to the conclusion that ...
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Who does the cat represent in Animal Farm?

The cat represents both intelligence and unsavory part of society, in a way. In short, the cat represents secret intelligence services, specifically civilian ones (KGB, CIA etc). It's spy and spy ...
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What did George Orwell try to communicate with "Animal Farm"?

In the Tsarist system, there was an upper class of aristocracy that controlled the country and had a standard of living much higher than the general population. Then there was a revolution that ...
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Where is Napoleon during the battle of the cowshed?

Napoleon is absent during the battle of the Cowshed in Orwell's Animal Farm. Orwell makes a point to show that though nobody spoke more fiercely about the danger of the humans and their imminent ...
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Animal Farm — silent protest?

No, here is the definition of the term silent protest: Silent protest is an organized effort where the participants stay quiet to demonstrate disapproval. It is used as a form of civil disobedience ...
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