Critical Analysis Of Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Nancy Zhong Bark 1˚ English 9A 16 May, 2014 Animal Farm In George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, Orwell introduces a society where the population values intellect and education, giving special status to people who are considered well-educated. In this society, those who are regarded as intelligent attempt to prevent the masses from questioning them by silencing the masses and withdrawing their governance from society; however, those who control the intellectually inferior often leave the masses susceptible to manipulation, forming a world in which the educated and powerful classes obtain absolute power, and true equality can never be achieved. Thus, according to Orwell, given a world where intellect and education are valued, a person who is intelligent and well-educated will often use their superior intelligence to manipulate society to their own benefit. Orwell establishes the idea that intellect and education are universally accepted by most of society as qualities necessary for leadership and that those who have these qualities can easily attain power and control with little or no opposition. After Snowball declares that the Seven Commandments can be reduced to one single maxim, “Four legs good, two legs bad,” he supposes that the birds may object because they have two legs; However, Snowball explains that the birds’ wings should be regarded as a leg, but “the birds did not understand Snowball's long words, but they accepted his explanation, and all the humbler animals set to work to learn the new maxim by heart. FOUR LEGS GOOD, TWO LEGS BAD, was inscribed on the end wall of the barn, above the Seven Commandments and in bigger letters” (24). Even though the birds do not understand what Snowball is saying, they decide to go along... ... middle of paper ... ...y for the longest. The pigs are intimidating humans because they want to establish a world in which the educated and powerful classes obtain and keep unchecked power, and the educated and power classes are themselves. Orwell conveys that intellectuals often use their intelligence and education to control others and manipulate society to benefit themselves, while the others accept being separated from their governance of society. Those who seek fairness and equality do not desire to control others or to be controlled. In order to pursue equality and justice, all members of the society must maintain a basic level of education so as to be able to participate in the decision making of the governance of the society. When there is a great disparity between those who rule and those who follows, a dangerous situation can be created in which unfairness and tyranny occurs.

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