George Orwell’s scathing allegory of political corruption appears regularly on high school reading lists, as it greatly encourages critical thinking. In Animal Farm, Orwell satirizes totalitarian government through the affairs of barnyard animals that rebel against their human owner, declaring their own self-rule. Although the central commandment is “All animals are equal”, Animal Farm is far from democratic. Boxer, a workhorse, does most of the hard labor, while the pigs take control of the government, and indulge in the comforts denied to the other animals. Altruistic Snowball tries to educate the other animals, while power-hungry Napoleon trains an army and defeats Farmer Jones in the Battle of the Cowshed. As time passes, the pigs eventually begin to mimic human dictators, walking upright, and carrying whips, even transforming the motto of Animal Farm into the unsettling “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Animal Farm is essential reading for young adults as they learn to make intelligent judgments about modern society.