Have you heard the old adage by lord Acton that “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”? This powerful, universal message is illustrated in George Orwell’s “animal farm” primarily, he wrote this animal fable as an allegory of the Russian revolution. What this outstanding novel portrays is the failure of the revolution leading ultimately to communism. Additionally, the novel highlights that good will and sound principles can fall victim to ambition, selfishness and hypocrisy strongly reveling the doctrine of communism, it closely follows the events of the revolution with characters representing real-life people or groups. Under the guidance of the pigs, the animals exile farmer jones, take over the farm and live contently, simply and successfully. Documentary works for a short time however under napoleons leadership, the pigs soon transform into the enemy – through many insidious ways. Since the novels publication, there have been millions of people oppressed by totalitarian governments – under the doctrines of Communism, Fascism and Nazism. Orwell’s message is clear ultimately, any society which has tyrannical leaders is doomed to fail, inevitability such leaders manipulate power for their own benefit. Thus communism does not work power corrupts absolutely and yet democracy works for all these reasons, “animal farm” must defiantly be prescribed reading for students of the 21st century.