Abstract

Animal Farm presents itself as a simple fable, but it raises profound questions about one of our most cherished political concepts, namely, equality. Initially viewed as a solution to the problem of injustice on Animal Farm, equality soon presents itself as part of the problem. It is a radically open-ended ideal that lends itself to different and contradictory interpretations. This article shows how George Orwell's "fairy story" puts equality on trial and forces readers to reexamine some of their most fundamental moral and political commitments.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 655-683
Launched on MUSE
2012-08-29
Open Access
No
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