“Animal Farm” and Soviet Russia

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In the allegorical book “Animal Farm”, the author George Orwell portrayed the similarities of communism on an “Animal Farm” to Russia, under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Orwell used animal characters on the farm to represent particular members of the Russian society. One example is Napoleon, one of the pigs in the book, whom was the ruler of the “Animal Farm”, and was the character that represented Stalin. Orwell used each character in the book to show readers the flaws of communism, and sent the message that if citizens do not take an active role in contributing to society they will crumble. The characters in the book coined their way of living as “Animalism”, which is Communism in animal terms. Every character written portrayed the failures of Stalin’s reign, and showed the readers that if you take the good in society and ignore the bad, eventually people will begin to see the world they love fall apart around them.
In “Animal Farm” where the word Animalism is created, is used to describe the movement for the animals that can work for themselves. Mr. Jones owns the Farm where the book takes place. In the first chapter, the animal’s labor is best described as slavery. The animals were all poorly fed and overworked. Uproar for a revolution was approaching. Old Major, an old pig of the farm tells the animals the idea of a revolution to all of the animals. In Communism’s “Communist Manifesto” Communism also talks about a change that must occur. The animals hated the dictatorship of the humans and wished to rule themselves where all animals were equal. Communism was also based on the belief that all people were equal. The common people were tired of the rich getting richer while the poor kept getting poorer. Animalism supported the ...

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...erts it back to “The Manor Farm.” Even after the revolution and all the changes made, the animals reverted back to the same way of life as before it all started. The slogan advertised by the sheep “four legs good, two legs bad” was changed to “four legs good, two legs better.” And the underlying theme of the book mocked dictatorship comes out to say that in the end not everyone will be treated equal: “All Animals Are Created Equal but Some Are Created More Equal than Others.” As one can see the book written by George Orwell “Animal Farm” describes and shows how Stalin and his dictatorship with Communism is the exact same as Napoleon and his Animalism.

Works Cited

Orwell, George. Animal Farm;. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Print
Marx, Karl, Friedrich Engels, Samuel Moore, and David McLellan. The Communist Manifesto. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. Print.
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