Major was the initial one to start the movement and the other two were the main leaders that carried it on after he passed away. When the animals became tired of Mr. Jones’s harsh and intense labor conditions, they plan to dethrone him by chasing him out of his farm. After the successful rebellion, the animals set up their own rules and regulations to follow. The pigs taught themselves how to read and write and reworked Major’s system into an elaborate strategy called Animalism. They formed their own new and improved living environment to harvest and do their chores.
Like the animals in Animal Farm the people want a great change, and are willing to stop at no cost. However, like the Russian people they soon find out that by using communism to free them from bondage, they are only slaves to a new master and lose all reminisce of past culture. The winter of 1917 was one of the harshest winters Russia had faced in years. Food was scarce and the people were ravaged with disease. Peasants morosely toiled in the fields only to see their harvest consumed by the aristocracy.
In 1945 George Orwell published his allegorical novel, Animal Farm. Although this satire primarily addressed the Bolshevik revolution in 1917, Orwell’s larger critique was at the root of totalitarianism. Through the destruction of the Soviet myth, Orwell hoped to revive socialist movements and expose the dangers of propaganda in a enlighten society. Many present ideas are expressed about culture and place that depict the time period of the represented in Animal Farm. Cultural ideas such as tyranny replacing tyranny, totalitarianism, class warfare and language as power are portrayed throughout the novel.
An important similarity between Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution is the propaganda techniques the leaders used to acquire their power. By gaining trust, covering the truth, and threatening, the pigs retain power and authority above the other animals. George Orwell wrote Animal Farm to parallel the events of the Russian Revolution. Orwell knew how much power words can have, and he shows how words can be used to greatly manipulate people or things in his allegory. Orwell learned from personal experiences the depth of control totalitarian propaganda held over people in democratic places.
The way the story develops and the way everything is perfectly set up made this novel one of the harshest critiques at communism, no wonder why it was banned in Russia. Although the novel came out a long time after Stalin’s regime had come to an end George Orwell does a fantastic job at showing why communism on paper sounds so good but he does an even better job on showing the harsh reality of how something ideally so pure can become such a dangerous system.
It soon becomes clear that `Animalism' (which bears a striking resemblance to communism) is a system that cannot be maintained the way originally intended. ... ... middle of paper ... ...historical moment in time, I believe that a Marxist would see Orwell as a product of the society in which he was raised, and therefore the book becomes the `bi-product'. Too add weight to this argument, the dominant ideologies at work at the time the book was written suggest Orwell had capitalist ideals at heart. However, George Orwell was an active socialist. He did strongly oppose the views of Karl Marx and was not impressed with the idea of communism, but he was equally opposed to the idea of capitalism.
Symbolism in Animal Farm by George Orwell The novel Animal Farm is a satire on the Russian revolution, and therefore the book is full of symbolism. General Orwell associates certain real characters with the characters of the book. Animal Farm is as important to the political and social events of the world today as it was in 1945. George Orwell’s attack on totalitarianism and the governmental abuse of power is an outlet for adolescent sensitivity to authority, injustice, inequality, and the need to rebel. Mr. Jones, the farmer sands for the Russian Tsar Nicolaii.
One of the major characters in the novel, Animal Farm, is Nepoleon. Napoleon, after driving Snowball, another pig who was trying to take over the farm, off the farm, took over. Nepoleon says one thing, and does the other, takes otherpeoples ideas, and he is the biggest liar on the farm. Nepoleon took the freedom of the animals, that they had gained from the revolution, and twisted it so that now instead of being enslaved by the farmer, they were enslavedby him.In the novel, Animal Farm, the animals speak with a Russian accent. For instance, the word "comrade" is used often.
Together with Napoleon they also changed the history and the commandments in order to suit their increasing power. Since Squealer was a good speaker managed to manipulate and brain wash the other animals for instance, Snowball who was the hero of the battle of the cowshed became a betrayer because of the change of history and propaganda. The other messages of the book are corruption of revolution by its leaders, be aware of history, people should not only sit back and accept everything the government do they should stand up for their rights and needs and people should question the government's decision and be aware of what it is doing.
One pig, Snowball, was in favor of the improvements of the farm, while another pig, Napoleon, was seeking only personal success. They were both adamant about their viewpoints and often argued. When Snowball introduced a new plan to build a windmill, Napoleon disagreed and convinced the animals that snowball had ulterior motives, and that he should be banished from Animal Farm. The animals followed Napoleon who later adopted the windmill plan as his own. He slowly took over the farm by making subtle changes that boosted his rise in power.