Reading Report ------Animal Farm
“Animal farm” tells a tragic satire that the oppressed farm animals rebelled to drive out Mr. Jones who was the farmer, and attempted to rule the farm by themselves on an equal basic. However, the animals` aim seems likely to be a sort of ideal
communism, the venture failed and the farm was totally controlled by pigs which were the brightest and most idle animals.
This story is a vivid fable that just likes the human beings
society. When I read the novel, I felt so familiar with some plots in human ’s history. It was interesting how Orwell used the animals to make a statement about politics and society.
I have heard that this novel is famous for its criticism against Soviet Communism. I’m not very familiar with Soviet history. But the animals all called themselves “comrade”, which impressed me very much. And the two leaders Napoleon and Snowball were two representative types of leader. Snowball was a tragic character. He was an active reformer who learned the skills of man including farming, reading, writing and architecture. With these skills, he
taught other animals. He hoped every animal could learn more and improve themselves to be more knowledgeable and cultivated. As a leader, he was very responsible for other animals and the farm, and also competent, diligent for his work. Although sometimes his determination seems a little blind and unpractical, but he was really adventurous, just like a doer. However, he was too simple-minded and innocent in the power contest with Napoleon. Nevertheless, a leader demands general traits especially for his EQ level. Snowball was too innocent to defend himself against the sinister Napoleon. I wonder what will happen if Snowball have
seen through Napoleon’s trap and is able to get the power. Will he gradually become corrupt just like Napoleon? It seems that if
Snowball is the leader, the farm will realize their equally happy aim. I don`t know whether he has the greed for power and luxury, but from this story I do realize that the communism is really hard and maybe impossible to achieve.
I know the story is seen as the satire for Soviet Communism, which made me associate with the Chinese Communism. For my poor political knowledge, I know we are in the Socialism phase, primary for the Communism. Our final target is to realize the Communism and I do wonder when this primary phase is an ending in the future? We are responded unclearly that it will be a very long and tough period in the development process of our
country, maybe more than hundreds years. But how about the later generations? As a matter of fact, I suspect that nobody knows what this primary Socialism will be in the future, it seems that the nation just maintains the actuality and no one cares the direction of Socialism. Even if someone have thought of it, they are not able to consider it clearly. Not everyone can be the giant.
And I also found it different between Soviet and China. In “Animal Farm”, The pigs turned the simple “comrades” to ruthless dictators who managed to walk on legs and carry whips. This kind of totalitarianism ended up with failure, how about Chinese
Communism? Totalitarianism and tyranny seems not easy to carry out in China and the phenomenon of “the leader is always right” maybe will never appear again since the institutional revolution have taken place. We select the same way of Communism from
Soviet, and what we should do for the next step is a serious social and national problem.
Like a number of girls, I’m not very interested in the politics, but this book made me begin to think of it. Although I’m not able to think clearly and systemically, I have gained a lot from the reading and thinking process.