An Ape and a Pig

After reading this article over the weekend and watching the buffoonery of Monday night’s debate, I noticed that our current presidential candidates are strikingly similar to some characters I’ve encountered in fiction- and not characters that we would (or at least should) want as president. Namely,  Shift the Ape and Napoleon the Pig.

Shift is one of those especially delightful characters in fiction whose name perfectly summarizes his whole being. He is shifty. He constantly shifts and bends truth in order to take over Narnia.

Sound familiar? Continue reading “An Ape and a Pig”


Communism, Easter, and Ravens

I just recently read Animal Farm, which is an allegory of the Russian Revolution, each animal and situation on the farm correlating to real people and historical events. It’s easy to understand why Orwell portrayed some of them as he did. For example, he used a pig to represent Stalin. However, some of his metaphors are trickier to understand.

In chapter 2, we meet a raven named Moses. Immediately, you think of religion and the biblical Moses, just as Orwell wanted you too. Moses represents the church in Russia.

But perhaps you also think of death and evil, as you also should. Continue reading “Communism, Easter, and Ravens”