All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others
Animal Farm is a very transparent allegory of the post-1917 Russia – so transparent that most of the references you get upon first glance. It’s a classic – and I think everyone knows it (or at least of it)…but I only got to it just now. I liked it a lot, but it’s not (nor is it meant to be) a 1984. It’s rather satisfying that Orwell saw right through the Soviet propaganda and both the initial concept of animalism and its later corruption (and many addenda and associated brainwashing) are eerily similar to the real thing.
With pop culture having bestowed so much love on it, you have to wonder if over-usage doesn’t dilute its meaning. If history teaches us nothing, we should hope that at least literature will.