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Animal farm and satire

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'Animal Farm' and Satire

George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was published in 1945. Its message was explicitly political as a statement and a satire against Stalinism and the dictatorial socialism of the Soviet Union. Understanding this allegory gives deeper meaning to the talking animals who take control of their farm. Seventy years later, does this message of failed revolution resonate in a communist nation with a similar revolution and trajectory? Listen to learn how a later theatrical adaptation of the book is being understood in modern day China.

Dystopian Fiction World History II Communism Civics/Government Satire World Literature Politics Reform Culture

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AIR DATE: 11/16/2002

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