Caught in the Crosshairs
Despite it being banned, a lot is to be said for George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Throughout 1950’s there was so much tension between the Soviet Union, and well, the rest of the world. In the time that Orwell wrote this novel, the First World War had come to a close in Europe. Despite the newly forming Russia, the World War put a damper on the already fragile state- only 20 years after a nasty civil war. Though the civil war was over, tensions between Russia and the United States never actually went away; The United States government was initially hostile to the Soviet leaders for taking Russia out of World War I and was opposed to a state ideologically based on communism. Although the United States embarked on a food crisis relief program in the Soviet Union in the early 1920s and American businessmen established commercial ties there during the period of the New Economic party. Because of differences, the two countries did not establish tactful relations until 1933. By that time, the totalitarian nature of Joseph Stalin's regime presented an insurmountable obstacle to friendly relations with the West.
A few years later when George Orwell released his “Animal Farm” which was rumored to be set around Stalinist Russia, it was no wonder people took notice of the controversial novel.
As you read the story of Manor Farm, you begin to notice a few details that are not at all suited for a rural English family farm. Before starting on this piece, Orwell had mentioned in interviews that he wrote to make political writing into an art. It’s also understood that all of his works were acts strongly against Totalitarianism and for Democratic Socialism. Writing from all his past experiences gave his readers a firsthand look as to the author’s point of view- as if it wasn’t clear enough before. Orwell writes that his time in Spain during the revolution really exposed him to the true nature of Stalin’s rule over Russia. He also writes that...