"Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely"; and this is clearly proved in Orwell's short novel. "Animal Farm" is a simple fable with great symbolic value. As Orwell explained himself: "it is the history of a revolution that went wrong". The novel can be seen as the historical analysis of the causes of the failure of communism, or just as a fairy-tale. Either way, it tells a good story that tries to prove that human nature and diversity prevent people from being equal and happy.
"Animal Farm" tells the tragic story of what happens when the oppressed farm animals rebel, drive out Mr. Jones, the farmer, and attempt to rule the farm themselves, attempting to be just as equal as any man. What the animals seem to have aimed for was a utopian sort of communism, where each would work according to their ability, respecting the needs of one another. The rebellion failed, when the animal society slowly began to crumble. "Animal Farm" ended up being a dictatorship of pigs, who were the smartest, yet laziest of all the animals.
Orwell's brains lies in his presentation of the fear of totalitarian regimes, and his analysis of communism societies shown through simple story-telling. The novel is skillfully arranged, showing good organization skills. Even in the first chapter, one can sense the reasons why communism won't work. This is figured out by Orwell's description of the animals as they enter the barn and take their seats to listen to the rebellious preaching of Old Major, (the main pig) founder of communism in Animal Farm. Each animal has different features and attitude; the pigs, for example, "settled down in the straw immediately in front of the platform", which is a hint of their future role. Clover, the affectionate horse, on the other hand " made a sort of wall" with her foreleg to protect some ducklings. So, it seems as though the revolution was doomed from the beginning, even though it began in naive hopefulness as expressed by the motto, "no animal must ever tyrannize over his own kind.