Animal Farm

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Animal Farm written by George Orwell is an animal fable happens in a farm where animals start building a communism society, but end up being totalitarianism, hinting obliquely at the communists in the real world. The gaps between pigs and other common animals, demonstrate the theme that the corruption of power appears when majority is ruled. The intelligence superior allows the pigs placing themselves at a position which is closer to the power and which is more easily to corrupt. The inability to question the authorization makes the other common animals becoming the naïve working class who suffers the corrupting influence of power. The nature of pigs, greed, is the source of their undying lust for ultimate power. At the end, the corrupting power forms two distinct classes due to class stratification.
Pigs are the smartest animals in the farm, which gives them the power to make decisions for other animals and allows them to do whatever they want. Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer are known and respected as erudite and the decision- makers of the farm. However, instead of benefiting the farm, they use this respect to benefit themselves. First, although one of the Seven Commandant developed by the pigs reads “All animals are equal” (Orwell, 14), the other animals are not as equal as the pigs. The pigs take over the leadership with the very first harvest. Since the pigs know more, they should direct and supervise the others. It is seen so natural that none of the other animals disagree with the ruling. The pigs take the power easily without any effort. Second, besides developing and making principles for Animalism, “the work of teaching and organizing fell naturally upon the pigs, who were generally recognized as being the clever...

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... intellectual superiority, silence from the naïve working class, the pigs’ nature of greed, use of propaganda, and class stratification. Orwell uses his masterful language describing a farm controlled by animals, which has no difference from the human world.

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