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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 censored due to its involvement with communism. Kenya likely has it banned due to the nature of the book, it: criticizes corrupt leaders who amass wealth and ...


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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 subsequent editions followed suit. Fairy Stories, traditionally, contain a moral lesson or imperative. So this indicates that the novel is to be read as such. ...


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Mr. Jones symbolizes Tsar Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. He oppresses the animals, but is overthrown. Mr. Pilkington symbolizes England and the USA. They are frightened of the revolution. He has a larger, but more unkempt farm compared to Frederick. Mr. Frederick is possibly Germany, as he's described as abusing his animals and is on bad terms with ...


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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 skips out on work, which could mean the educated because they did not do physical nature. One more clue is the nature of a cat on a farm: the cat performs a ...


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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 actually has to do anything. the behaviour of the cat was somewhat peculiar. It was soon noticed that when there was work to be done the cat could never be ...


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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 modified form of her (presumed) exploitation of weaker beasts pre-Animalism. Bribery was said to be ubiquitous in Soviet Russia and the cat managing to charm the ...


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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 Nicholas II, which logically suggests that his wife, Mrs Jones is acting the part of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia. Orwell: After that, I wanted to ...


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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 the actual shaping of the new state to his successors, Snowball and Napoleon, who vie for control. This parallels Lenin's death leaving control of the Soviet ...


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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 mentioned Mollie again” She is unpleasant and demands sugar and ribbons too much; unused to the harder life.


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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 is later used only to prop up diluted versions of their ideas.


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It's unknown for sure, but it most likely refers to either: The Mensheviks, a non-communist party in Russia, because he's another viewpoint from the pigs but is mostly ignored. He also could be the older population of Russia, because he is old and skeptical. He could also just be the skeptical people, who don't believe communism will really help them much. ...


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Orwell doesn't satirize imperialism, but he seems to say it doesn't work well. He acknowledges it's flaws, primarily the fact that the people aren't too happy. At the start of the book, Mr. Jones is a successful farmer. His animals aren't being mistreated, though they are treated as animals and thus not equal to humans. They are mostly content (not really ...


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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 to wear ribbons and she tries to avoid work (by showing up late and leaving early). She is very unlike Boxer, whose motto is, "I will work harder." In other ...


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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 community. The cat always lurks in the shadows, listens to other animals, watches over them. It is also the only animal which leaves the farm and visits other ...


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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, she left and fled to somewhere else that would let her regain her benefits without doing work. "A fat red-faced man in check breeches and gaiters, who looked ...


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