An alternate ending for Animal Farm?

11 Jan

George Orwell’s Animal Farm concludes with an inability to distinguish pigs from humans.  This ending was intended to convey the replacement of one system of rule with another, equally problematic, one.  

What if the ending was altered?  What if, instead of irony, the text ended happily ever after?

A British animated version of Animal Farm sought to do just that.

Asking students to reflect on the impact of a change of this nature would be an interesting was of testing their appreciation of the significance of the text’s ending.

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