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02 November 2017 @ 06:05 am
Mr. Eliot declines  
When T.S. Eliot did not want to offend Comrade Stalin, which may have been more out of character than writing a poem with the refrain “For Christ’s sake stick it up your ass.”

Thanx to RAW Illumination.
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Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on November 2nd, 2017 08:46 pm (UTC)
I don't read it as saying "not want to offend Stalin" at all. He's saying the animal analogy is flawed, and that the moral is only saying what it's against and not what it's for. He's saying he'd publish it anyway if this didn't bother him so much.
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on November 4th, 2017 10:05 am (UTC)
"what was needed was not more communism but more public-spirited pigs"

That's a valid point as far as it goes, because the pigs really are the most intelligent species on the farm. However, it's too literal, because the animals of Animal Farm are not real animals - they're fable-animals, animal masks for a fundamentally human morality-play that has almost nothing to do with actual animal behavior.

Expecting pigs to be public-spirited is kinda silly; pigs is pigs. One could raise the question of why the horses and dogs let themselves be led by pigs in the first place, but of course if they had not, there would be no story.