Animal Farm George Orwell 4-19-02 Book Review # Plot Summary George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a political satire of a totalitarian society ruled by a mighty dictatorship, in all probability a fable for the events surrounding the Russian Revolution of 1917. The animals of “Manor Farm” overthrow their human master after a long history of mistreatment. Led by the pigs, the farm animals continue to do their work, only with more pride, knowing that they are working for themselves, as opposed to working for humans. Little by little, the pigs become dominant, gaining more power and advantage over the other animals, so much so that they become as corrupt and power-hungry as their predecessors, the humans. Characterization Major is a white boar, he is old and wise.
When Jones overworks and starves his animals to the point where they can go no further, he sends them to the slaughterer. Farmer Jones enslaves his animals, and is the sole benefactor of the animals’ produce and labor. He does not have any interest in providing better living conditions for the animals. Just like Czar Nicholas’ subjects, the animals on the farm are clearly weak, so Farmer Jones thoroughly dominates them. The reign of terror comes to an end when Old Major ... ... middle of paper ... ..., wearing clothes, drinking alcohol, and engaging in trade.
The pigs are were pretty much destroying whatever shred of animalistic society they had left and replacing it with a cold hard dictatorship in which all the beliefs that made animalism were changed to the pigs advantage. And as animal farm slowly spirals downward, it is the working class animals (particularly Boxer and Clover) that suffer and soon enough become viewed as the protagonists of the novel. This is mainly because they are the animals that we can sympathize with the most, as they become helpless against Napoleon’s murderous followers. But in contrast we see Napoleon and the other pigs as the antagonists of the book, because as the story progresses you see them becoming more like the tyrannical humans they had at a time overthrown. However, they did not start out like this during the revolution, only after they had taken a position of power, were they corrupted by their thirst for more power.
Napoleon used scapegoats for any problem that arose, and propaganda to brainwash the animals into dependable slaves. Napoleon distorted the seven commandments of Animal Farm to advantage himself, and he lacked compassion for the animals that laboured under him. He executed any animal that he though a threat to his power. Both pigs were definitely corrupted by their power.
Napoleon believes that pigs are that of a superior race and that all animals, no matter how powerful in strength, are inferior to their genius. He is able to establish a ruling built off of violence and deceit. Napoleon, the fascist ruler over Animal Farm, is not only an appalling leader for the animals but also presents multiple examples on how his cruelty exceeds that of Farmer Jones’. Napoleon’s actions grow worse, going from working the animals endlessly to growing victim to the lowest of human traits, and even playing judge, jury, and executioner towards the seemingly guilty. Napoleon’s ruthlessness makes Jones look like a benevolent farmer in comparison but, unfortunately, many of the animals are too naïve to notice.
They set up a commune under the control of the pigs soon afterwards. But the pigs abuse their power and the animals end up being no better off than they were under Farmer Jones. Animal Farm, a parody of the Russian Revolution, is Orwell’s attempt to inform others about a purveying truth regarding human nature- that power is, by its very nature, corrupting. This is why “history consists of a series of swindles where the masses are first lead into revolt… and enslaved all over again”. Old Major, representing both Marx and Lenin, is the catalyst for the revolution.
After a series of battles, Napoleon who was a pig went into power to lead the entire farm animal in their future. All the pigs including Napoleon told the animal farm to work harder to succeed. Napoleon, who represents Stalin as an allegory, did all sorts of things to make the animal more equal. Just as how Stalin did not follow Karl Marx’s idea Napoleon made creation like the Seven Commandments. This was only just the start of tasting the power where he changes the wise pig, who everyone... ... middle of paper ... ...abuse a cheat to gain an advantage.
When some of the other animals decided that he should no longer be a leader, Napoleon set the dogs on them and had them slaughtered. He had become power mad, going totally against the ideas of socialism, and ruling through fear, as did Stalin. As time went on, he became like Mr.Jones, caring for himself without thinking about the others, which was partly the reason for the original Revolution. Food rations were under his control, making sure that he got plently but the animals got just enough to keep them working. Soon after the Revolution the animals got together to make seven commandments that they should all stick to, but Napoleon slowly
The book Animal Farm, is a political satire of a totalitarian society ruled by a mighty dictatorship, in all probability an allegory for the events surrounding the Russian Revolution. The animals of "Manor Farm" overthrow their human master (Mr. Jones) after a long history of mistreatment. Little by little, the pigs become dominant, gaining more power and advantage over the other animals, so much so that they become as corrupt and power-hungry as their predecessors, the humans. Major (an old boar) tells them that the source of all their problems is man, and that they must remove man from their midst for hopes of a Utopia. After Major's death Napoleon and Snowball, two boars led the rebellion where soon things start to change.
Some of these animals’ names are Old Major, Snowball, and Napoleon. They are all pigs from the farm. The animals on the farm get tired of how they are getting badly treated. So they end up overthrowing their farm owner Mr. Jones. After they overthrow their owner, the pigs start taking over the farm and taking control over all the other animals in the farm.