The Callous Nature of Government
The establishment of an elite power in a society produces feelings of hopelessness and fear. George Orwell, a world-renowned author, is known for his politically influenced works regarding socialism. In Animal Farm, Orwell creates a satire based on the communist regime of Russia from 1917–1943. The animals seeking freedom under their liberators, the pigs, revolt against their oppressive owner, Farmer Jones. Ironically, after the revolution, the Pigs, led by Napoleon, become the oppressors.
Voltaire’s quote “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of people and give to other.” Is very relevant to the novel Animal Farm. Throughout this novel, it is evidently seen that the Animal Farm government is made to benefit the pigs. It heavily benefits Napoleon, the lead pig.The pigs as the source of this successful government, and feel like they are the most important. The take all opportunities to benefit themselves, but show some means of equality. A scenario that accurately demonstrates this is when the Pigs started to sleep on the bed. According to the 7 commandments, no animals were allowed to sleep on the beds. Squealer however, managed to manipulate the law so the Pigs could sleep in beds. The pigs also make all of the decisions of the Animal Farm. This shows the dominance that pigs have over the other Animals, but the animals don’t question as the pigs are the main source of intelligence among the animals. The author’s intention of this novel is to manifest the realization that if you have a dexterity, you will have dominance. Like the pigs, if you are smart, you will have dominance. Voltaire’s quote agrees with the text as the Pigs took the other animals resources and used it for themselves.
The Russian Revolution of the twentieth century represents a cycle of feudal dictatorship. Similarly, in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Napoleon and his pigs use manipulation to succeed in their quest for total control. From exploiting the farm’s resources and withholding education to overworking the other animals, the pigs show no mercy in their power struggle.
Ted Nugent once said, “The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power.” In George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm he writes of a society in which animals take over to obtain complete power. However, the most intelligent animals take over, gaining control, and, in the end, their power leads to the animals conforming to their ways. The intelligent animals abuse language in order to do so, which leads to the corruption of ideals on the farm, and the power that these bright animals carry corrupts them.
In George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, a major turning point in the novel was when Napoleon used his secret police force, his dogs, to exile Snowball. Snowball had previously been trying to improve the animal’s lives for the future by building a windmill. After Snowball was exiled, Napoleon became leader and everything immediately went amiss. Orwell stated that: "Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer- except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs" (p.86). In other words, no one was benefiting from the animal’s labours apart from the pigs and the dogs because the amount of authority the dogs and the pigs, especially Napoleon had, was corrupt. Frighteningly, if Snowball had been declared leader and Napoleon had been exiled, the result would have been no different because power is corrupt; education is power and intelligent leaders use propaganda to persuade innocent citizens.
At the beginning of the novel, the animals were underfed, but as the story progressed, it quickly became evident that they were receiving less food as time went on, until they were getting less food than in Jones’ day and working longer hours. The only thing that kept them from seriously questioning this was their pride of being able to run the farm without humans. However, the pigs had become so much like humans, that even that pride was grounded on a false statement. They were, effectively, running the farm as slaves as they had before. A citizen has a duty to speak up and bring about change when there is corruption and injustice in their government, but as this novel plainly points out, this also requires the ability to see the corruption and injustice. This requires education, which few if not all of the animals (aside from the pigs) had. Knowledge is a gateway to power, and if all of the power is in the government, the citizens have become slaves, following the government through blind faith. A modern citizen should understand the different kinds of propaganda and means of persuasion and manipulation, but not necessarily always suspect the government of corruption. If there is uneasiness about something in a government, a citizen should try to figure out why. This is something that occurred many times in the novel, but the animals did not question anything (or couldn’t) and once they had been reassured by Squealer, were
Imagine a world where every person is equal: everyone has the same possessions, everyone shows respect to each other, no one kills anyone else, and no authority rises over others to give dictating commands. It sounds wonderful doesn’t it? George Orwell’s haunting book Animal Farm shows however, the near impossibility it is to make that idea a reality. In this fairy tale, a group of oppressed farm animals revolt against the tyrannical bonds of their evil master Farmer Jones, chases him off the farm, and attempt to make a society based on the idea listed above. But instead of having this incredible society, the pigs decide to make one instead where they are the ultimate authority. This book highlights the dangers of trying to establish an equal society under the ideas of communism, and also has poignant symbolic characters that display historical figures in new lights.
In a democracy one has the right to exercise their rights. In a dictatorship, however, one has no rights. Dictatorship has caused an unsuccessful society. In George Orwell’s allegorical novel, Animal Farm, The Animals got tired of the unfair work hours, lack of food, and the overall miserable atmosphere on the farm. The animals decided to take action and overthrow Mr. Jones. Napoleon will do just about anything to stay in charge. The animals decided to create a perfect society. They ended up failing miserably due to egotistical acts and simply because communism just doesn’t simply work out.
Despite the United Kingdom’s alliance with the Soviet Union George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm despised Stalin; he felt that Stalin was an oppressive power in Russia, forcing his people through trials and tribulation that were completely unnecessary. Many of his constituents starved and faced exactly what he promised would not happen under his communist policy. George Orwell being a democratic socialist felt hostility towards Stalin’s greedy policy. Seeing its effect on his homeland, he was out raged and motivated to write the novel Animal Farm to properly criticize the Soviet Union. He felt that communism was a hopeless and delusional concept created by greedy tyrants so that they could maintain their position of power. Stalin’s use
The pigs had objectives other than the benefits and the good of the other animals. On the contrary, their objectives were to use, conquer, and capitalize on them. One of the conflicts in Animal Farm is the strong against the weak. The strong are the pigs and the weak are all the other animals. There are two main offenders of the weak: Napoleon and the pigs in general.Napoleon was a tyrant. It is very likely Napoleon and the other pigs were conspiring to take over Animal Farm so that they could take advantage of the situation of having many animals at their disposal.