Animal Farm Comparison

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Adam Smith once said, “No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.” The characters in George Orwell's Animal Farm and William Golding's Lord of the Flies both attempt to establish functionting and democratic societies in which all members are created equal without tyranny, aiming for nothing less than a paradisiac Eden. Those with more predominant personalities took charge and jeopordized the dream of a perfect utopian society and resulted in the creation of a dysfunctional enviornment. The end result of both Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies is not exclusively that the endeavor to build a working society has failed, but that it evidently has caused an extermination of the very civilization in which it aspired to replace. Hence, the advocates in Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Animal Farm by George Orwell have nothing to return to; in each novel, the voice of reason must die, while the future remains ambiguos in the hands of those who are still standing. Both tales involve improbable scenarios, in this case, Lord of the Flies and impossible scenarios, in the case of Animal Farm. Nonetheless, the experiences and events that take place are intended to serve as guidance for present- day readers about the dangers of constructing an ideal society. George Orwell and William Golding insist that the notion of an ideal society is unattainable and that we live in a society that is as practible as human nature would allow. The presence of a perfect society in Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm is conspicuous but often short-lived. Therefore, it seems that Golding and Orwell are trying to express that a utopian society is unrealist... ... middle of paper ... ...construct an ideal society, but what Orwell and Golding stress is knowledge that we as a culture already understand: humans are imperfect. Our errancy precludes us from being able to create something that is itself foolproof, especially when that thing is a society, which itself is only a collective unit of rudimentary beings. The conclusion provided by Orwell and Golding in Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies should be the foundation of history lessons and direct us toward working and living with the realities that we are given. We can never build a perfect society, perhaps, but neither are we convicted to live in a dystopic and dysfunctional enviornment. Rather, we should live in a world that is realistic, recognizing the amplitude of our capabilities as well as our constraints, and while doing so, we must strive to be marvelous human beings.
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