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Animal Farm

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of When Power Corrupts and other themes related to Animal Farm:

Adams, Richard. Watership Down. NY: Macmillan, 1974. After a rabbit has a vision of doom, a maverick band of rabbits searches England for a safe place to live. (average)

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. NY: Perigee, 1959. A group of boys stranded on an island try to set up their own government, with disastrous results.

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: HarperCollins, 1989. In Utopia, literature, art, and philosophy are suppressed; production and consumption are the purpose of life. (challenge)

Bloom, Harold. Modern Critical Views: George Orwell. New York: Chelsea, 1986. This outstanding collection includes essays by critics Northrop Frye, Lionel Trilling, Phillip Rahv, Herbert Read, and Harold Bloom. (challenge)

Kort, Michael G. Marxism in Power: The Rise and Fall of a Doctrine. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1993. This book gives a history of Marxism in practice.

Smyer, Richard I. Animal Farm: Pastoralism and Politics. Boston: Twayne, 1988. A book-length study of Animal Farm, both as a political satire of the Soviet system, and as a social satire of modern society's loss of simple country values. (challenge)