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CTNJ/Opinion: Orwellian? Relegating ‘Animal Farm’ to secondary reading list

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck teaches English, including Advanced Placement Language and Composition, and is an assistant football coach at Haddam-Killingworth High School.

The recent controversy at Mystic Middle School surrounding the novel Animal Farm is as instructive as it is timely.

The story likely gained immediate attention because it involves the work of George Orwell, the author of another book, 1984, that recently appeared on the bestseller list 68 years after it was first published.

“It is hard to say for sure how much of the interest is related to Donald Trump’s inauguration and the rise of ‘alternative facts,’ a term coined by Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway,” CNN reported. “But some commentators called Conway’s comment ‘Orwellian’ and drew comparisons to the famous novel.”

Such comparisons between Trump and Orwell are everywhere lately. Back in December, I wrote the following: “Trump and his supporters can concurrently lay claim to the facts and the lack of facts — a perfect example of ‘doublethink,’ as coined by George Orwell in 1984.”

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