Animal Farm

describe animal farm as allegory or satire

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Animal Farm, by Orwell, has elements of both satire and allegory in it. An allegory is a story that hides the actual meaning, or theme. It is usually a moral statement or a political one (or both). In this respect, then, Animal Farm IS an allegory as it is compared to the Russian REvolution and all of the characters and objects represent something or someone from that era. However, satire is rampant throughout the novel, too. Satire is a type of story that uses sarcasm and exaggeration with the idea of illustrating some aspect of society as shameful or foolish. Orwell uses a type of satire that is called Juvenalian, which emans taht it uses less exaggeration and humor and more scorn and sarcasm. He uses satire to show the cruelty and utter foolishness of the Russian government, and wanted to expose the government for all of its flaws.