Animal Farm by George Orwell is definitely a tragedy-there’s no way around it. It starts with a farm of animals, oppressed by their human masters, deciding to rebel against their lots in life and take the farm for themselves. The animals begin as idealistic and hopeful, setting out commandments to follow and sharing their work equally, ensuring each animal has what they need to survive. But slowly, over the course of years, the animals’ perfect life decays into totalitarianism, as the pigs take over leadership of the farm. Still, they remain convinced that life under the pigs is better than life under the humans. Animal Farm is very similar to George Orwell’s most popular novel, 1984, though it is much easier to read. As the story continues, you’ll find yourself becoming more attached to the animals and hoping they finally achieve their utopia, as unlikely as it is. The novel paints a perfect picture of the dangers of utopia and idealism, and the pitfalls of unquestioning belief in a failing system.
Gemma Turner (Queen's Square Library)