Category Archives: Satire

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm
is like the barnyard version of the Russian Revolution. As the animals in Manor Farm (later renamed as Animal Farm) became more and more aware of the fact that they were capable of so much more than working like slaves for the Jones family, they started a revolution and chased the humans off of the farm. However, it soon became a revolution gone wrong as some animals became more equal than others.

The reason why Animal Farm is such a success because it focuses around animals, instead of human beings. And the characterization of these animals remind me of little children. They had a good intention at first, but somehow it turned into a society full of violence and tyranny. I believe that the basis for this is the inability of the commoners to determine truth, because most of the animals can’t read. Thus, Orwell is suggesting here than in any society where the commoners have no control over communication & media will bound to be controlled by those in power, because reality then becomes subjective concept and can be easily manipulated.

This book only took me three hours to read, but it was three hours well spent. I recommend this book to everyone who haven’t read it yet because the lessons in this book are worth remembering forever.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudiceis about a bourgeois family of five daughters, with no male heir. This means that their estate will be passed on to their cousin someday. Hence, the girls’ material survival will be dependent on finding a wealthy husband. The book begins with a rich new neighbour, Charles Bingley. He has an even richer friend named Fitzwilliam Darcy. Being both rich and unmarried, I think you can pretty much see where this is going already ^_^. This is one of those books where the title says it all. Every character’s emotional response in the novel can be explained by their pride and prejudice. Take the main characters’ first impression on each other as an example. Elizabeth Bennet, the second daughter of the family, thinks that Darcy is too proud. Darcy, on the other hand, is prejudiced against Elizabeth because she is of a lower class. The novel revolves around their slow-growing love for each other as they learn to remove their pride and prejudice, allowing them to see each other for who they really are.But never mind the plot. The thing that made me fall in love with this novel at first sight was Austen’s elegant writing style, which I am going to imitate now for the rest of this paragraph for fun. Ahem, here it goes :D: and though she found it rather against the rules of writing in the modern times, a feeling of fascination was expressed towards such a satirical style. Austen’s ability to give a dramatic scene with such full description, and her ability to shift to the next scene of importance in so quick a manner thereafter had roused a general astonishment, in which she would have had the pleasure of distinguishing herself as one of the greatest writers in the history of English literature. To what Elizabeth was wearing, and to what they had for dinner, Austen saw no necessity in these details which were of no importance, for too much was to be thought and said and felt for attention to any other objects, as Darcy had once said at the time when Elizabeth made an agreement to his proposal (lol I think I can write like this all day).

Another thing that stands out in the book is how the characters seem to be reading too. In fact, many important developments in the novel are revealed through the form of reading letters that one character gives to the other. Austen shows us that reading is not merely downloading words on a page to your brain. It is about interpreting what you have read. This is what Mary, the third daughter in the family, fails to do. Although she reads the most, she does not learn like Elizabeth because she doesn’t read between the lines. Elizabeth, on the other hand, enables herself to grow because she is capable of forming her own insights and revising it. Isn’t this what we are guilty of sometimes? So the next time you want to finish a book for the sake of finishing a book, keep in mind that you are losing a chance to feed your mind with antioxidants and a chance to provide your soul with vitamins :P.