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.
Napoleon then begins to eliminate all the animals on the farm who oppose him and moves the farm toward a totalitarian state. Napoleon continues to engage in human activities that are strictly forbidden by the original principles of Animalism and justifying them by saying that they are for the good of the farm. The rest of the animals continue to be oppressed, overworked and hungry. The story c... ... middle of paper ... ... of their followers. Animal Farm is an excellent study on leadership and the concept of a socialist utopia.
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.
Shortly after, Napoleon takes the spot light and takes charge along with the other pigs. He argues that dishonesty becomes present within the environment and their ideas and their views are all different. In this story the animals send away the unkind humans out of the farm, and change the name of their home from Manor Farm to Animal Farm. George Orwell embodies the Russian corruption of communism into the pigs upon the farm. Mr. Jones was irresponsible to his animals by letting them starve, and very cruel by beating them with whips.
This story Animal Farm by George Orwell is a novel about an animal revolution over an oppressive farmer. The irony in the story comes when the pigs turn into the very thing revolted against. They exhibit the same cruelty by treating the other animals the same or even worse than previous owners. This cycle of cruelty is shown in the Russian revolution by Joseph Stalin who is represented by Napoleon in the story. Cruelty in animal farm is shown by the human’s treatment of the animals, and the animal’s eventual treatment of each other and the ironic characteristics of the two.
Using this example, the writer wants such perspective not to involve all humanity. Orwell describes how the society that was meant to be just was transformed into a tyranny. During all story, the author pays attention to the variety of reasons that lead to a tyranny, which also can be interpreted as a dictatorship. The tale begins with a cruel and greedy man, who was an owner of a Farm, and ends with humanizing pigs, who become the new owner. It is like a vicious circle, which stresses that society has not matured for such action, and they return to the beginning.
Animal Farm George Orwell 4-19-02 Book Review # Plot Summary George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a political satire of a totalitarian society ruled by a mighty dictatorship, in all probability a fable for the events surrounding the Russian Revolution of 1917. The animals of “Manor Farm” overthrow their human master after a long history of mistreatment. Led by the pigs, the farm animals continue to do their work, only with more pride, knowing that they are working for themselves, as opposed to working for humans. Little by little, the pigs become dominant, gaining more power and advantage over the other animals, so much so that they become as corrupt and power-hungry as their predecessors, the humans. Characterization Major is a white boar, he is old and wise.
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.
The reign of terror comes to an end when Old Major ... ... middle of paper ... ..., wearing clothes, drinking alcohol, and engaging in trade. He even resorts to tyrannizing and killing his own kind. When Napoleon distorts the constitution he uses trickery and propaganda to persuade the other animals of its importance, and when this fails he uses fear. In the end, the animals become weak and Napoleon dominates them with his strength using fear and trickery as his tools. Farmer Jones using a combination of strength, fear and trickery initially dominated the animals at Animal Farm.