They set up a commune under the control of the pigs soon afterwards. But the pigs abuse their power and the animals end up being no better off than they were under Farmer Jones. Animal Farm, a parody of the Russian Revolution, is Orwell’s attempt to inform others about a purveying truth regarding human nature- that power is, by its very nature, corrupting. This is why “history consists of a series of swindles where the masses are first lead into revolt… and enslaved all over again”. Old Major, representing both Marx and Lenin, is the catalyst for the revolution.
It was the foundation of Animalism, and once that rule was destroyed, corruption was exposed and Animalism ceased to exist. Communism is difficult to achieve, and has not been entirely successful. Napoleon played a essential part in the failure of Animalism for he was the most corrupted character in the satire and showed the others the luxuries that could be gained effortlessly. I believe the pigs were to blame for the revolution for they took advantage of the less intellectual subjects, and ultimately, destroyed Old Major's dream of communism.
The other animals, with the exception of Benjamin the donkey (who may represent Orwell himself) are really quite oblivious to the unfairness of this. They further demonstrate their naïveté by working extremely hard – harder than usu... ... middle of paper ... ...hough wearing clothes is against the Third Commandment). By going against the Commandments, which were the foundation of the entire Revolution, the pigs demonstrated how corrupt they had become. George Orwell highlighted the fact that power oft leads to corruption in Animal Farm. He did this by showing how the pigs’ ethics and morals falter as they gain power, and how the ideals of the Revolution are lost on them.
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.
By the end of the book the pigs declare their intentions of allying with the humans against all the laboring classes of both the human and animal groups. And their decree of equality that stated: “all animals are equal,” was distorted by the pigs to say: “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Animal farm is said to be a fairy tale due to its surreal qualities such as talking animals. Although, it can also be called a satire as Orwell uses humor to encourage reform and maximize the faults of communism and totalitarianism. Communism and totalitarianism are poor forms of government and as the book animal farm displays very flawed. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines communism as “a way... ... middle of paper ... ...re expelled by their successor Stalin (Napoleon.)
Adlai Stevenson said that “Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.” This means that people who longed for better lives often thought that communism would be their solution. However, it often became their bane, since those who gained power were often corrupted by it. In George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, the animals on a farm are suffering greatly under the human’s rule. One pig, Old Major, shared his views of better lives for animals and how they should obtain it. These ideals came to be known as Animalism.
In the rhetorical question “Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?” the pigs justify their actions of stealing by threatening the other animals about the return of Jones. The act of stealing the resources on the farm depict greed and ambition of the pigs and the rhetorical question illustrates the use of propaganda and the abuse of power. This illustrates that political leaders that are not regulated will ultimately abuse their power and position to fulfil their ambition. Squealer reveals through the dialogue that “organization of this farm depend on us”, which he uses to manifest that the pigs are more superior to others. This further illustrates the development of an uneven distribution of power in society, as the more educated and ambitious characters are assuming control over other individuals.
Orwell used his writings mainly to expose the negative effects that political systems could have on people - harsh forms of control, manipulation, and repression. Even though Animal Farm was based on the Russian Revolution, particularly directed against Stalin's Russia, it is more meaningfully an anatomy of all political revolutions, where the revolutionary ideals of justice, equality, and fraternity shatter in the event. The story of Animal Farm tells of "a revolution that went wrong." One night Old Major, an old pig preached of freedom and equality for all animals as well as independence from humans to his fellow animal comrades. He introduced to them the 'Beasts of England' song, which inspired rebellion and soon afterwards, he died.
They just dream of a world with happiness and freedom by changing the above stated ‘plain truth’. Though they succeed at the beginning, the totalitarianism throws the whole crowd of animals, except pigs, into a nightmare. It becomes a tragedy as this downfall of the animal’s dream befalls due to their own kind. After overthrowing Jones, the owner of the Animal Farm, all the animals got together and worked with more superiority for the reason that they were not slaves of the human beings anymore. Nevertheless, they were not mature enough to realize the fact that, they are turned into the slaves of their own kind.
Napoleon used scapegoats for any problem that arose, and propaganda to brainwash the animals into dependable slaves. Napoleon distorted the seven commandments of Animal Farm to advantage himself, and he lacked compassion for the animals that laboured under him. He executed any animal that he though a threat to his power. Both pigs were definitely corrupted by their power.