Mr. Jones was irresponsible to his animals by letting them starve, and very cruel by beating them with whips. He was compared to Czar Nicholas II who was a poor leader compared to the western kings, and also a cruel man who was brutal to his opponents. The pig who was named Old Major taught animalism which was compared to Karl Marx beliefs in communism. All animals were equal in Animalism, they had no owners, they were not rich nor were they poor and workers received a better life. In Communism all people were equal, the government owned everything and the people owned the government.
These ideals came to be known as Animalism. When Old Major died, a pig named Napoleon seized power. Napoleon and the other pigs are corrupted by the power and rule Animal Farm with iron fists. George Orwell’s allegorical novel Animal Farm proves Stevenson right when he stated that “Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.” Old Major was very upset with the lives of the animals under the head of the farm, Mr. Jones. Before he died he called a meeting with all the animals on the farm.
Napoleon is the evil character in this novel. He is almost like an animal version of Adolph Hitler because he is doing wrong behind everyone’s back and all the animals still love him but only because they have no idea what Napoleon is really about. Theme In every society there are leaders who, if given the opportunity, will likely abuse their power. Napoleon takes over the farm but in the process he becomes exactly like the humans by mistreating the other animals and actually becoming friends with a human that owns a farm nearby. He breaks the laws that the animals made for everyone.
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.
Snowball and Napoleon held a great deal of contrast between the way they each ruled over “Animal Farm/Manor Farm.” The only thing he did lack, was the ability of pursuasion to the other animals. Snowball had all the right ideas, all to better the whole farm. Napoleon, on the other hand, had a knack for stealing other animals’ ideas, then telling the rest it was his and getting credit for it. His ideas only seemed to benefit the pigs and not the animals. It was this, that led to the crumbling of the farm.
Pigs were considered the most intelligent, and out of them Snowball and Napoleon were the most prominent. Trotsky and Stalin fought for power, but Stalin eventually eliminated Trotsky, having him expelled from Russia. In the same manner, Snowball and Napoleon constantly disputed; Napoleon was already hungry for power and soon after the Rebellion, had plans of getting rid of his opponent. In the midst of an eloquent speech about the plans for making a windmill by Snowball, Napoleon directed the dogs he had raised to attack Snowball. Thus, he had eliminated his only rival and was free to control the farm.
On Pig, Napoleon, who is power hungry, kicks his co-leader, Snowball, and then becomes a tyrant. He mistreats the other animals in a similar way as the farmer mistreated them. The animals are back to square one, and no improvement has been made. This new regime shows the other animals that the pigs are no better than- and indeed, come to resemble- the humans they supplanted. After Lenin’s death, there were two guys ready for the job of taking over the communist party.
The pigs represented the influential higher class and government, while the other animals were the hard-working lower class. Furthermore, the pigs were also breaking their own laws. The pigs wrote the Seven Com... ... middle of paper ... ...of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.” Although, it is not for certain, had Snowball taken control of Animal Farm as leader and Napoleon been exiled, the consequences would have been identical. Snowball would have had absolute power which would be destructive to society. In addition, the majority of the animals were uneducated.
When Jones overworks and starves his animals to the point where they can go no further, he sends them to the slaughterer. Farmer Jones enslaves his animals, and is the sole benefactor of the animals’ produce and labor. He does not have any interest in providing better living conditions for the animals. Just like Czar Nicholas’ subjects, the animals on the farm are clearly weak, so Farmer Jones thoroughly dominates them. The reign of terror comes to an end when Old Major ... ... middle of paper ... ..., wearing clothes, drinking alcohol, and engaging in trade.
The animals on the farm overthrew the farmer who treated them unfairly, and they began their own government. As time went on the pigs made themselves rulers, the main pig in charge being Napoleon. Napoleon started to make the other farm animals do all the work while he relaxed and ordered others around. He trained the dogs to punish those who did not follow the rules of the farm, the main punishment being death. All the animals were under strict guidelines and had lost their freedom on their way to finding it again.