Animal Farm is one of the greatest allegories of all time. It was written at a time when the world was fighting against tyranny in Asia and Europe. The UK, where the author, George Orwell, is from, was fighting Hitler with the help of the Soviet Union. Ironically, the Soviet Union had a government not unlike Nazi Germany. Both were totalitarian in nature involved in unprecedented violence against their own people. Orwell sought to show the horrors of these political systems and how they damage their people. Animal Farm is very well written. It is told as a fair tale, but its characters are very human in nature.
During this unit we will not only explore what allegory is, we will also learn about Russian history and communism to help provide background for students to better understand the allegory of Animal Farm. At the end of the unit students will be writing their own allegories.