The Concept Of Revolution In Animal Farm, By George Orwell

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Questions surrounding the concept of “revolution,” or the occurrence of civil unrest within society, have been cause for debate within the field of sociology, philosophy, and history, for centuries. Countless intellectuals, authors, and others, have developed their own theories on how and why revolutions occur within certain societies, and what conditions should have existed beforehand for it to happen. Many authors write about revolution, either to start one (Karl Marx), or to provide important commentary on why they occur (George Orwell). The book Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, provides important commentary on how revolutions occur, by highlighting the factors presented by historian Crane Brinton, in his study, “The Anatomy of Revolution;”going…show more content…
Crane Brinton states that social disconnect between classes is a factor in many revolutions around the world. In the story, the social disconnect between the two classes is a huge factor in the relationship between both the group, creating immense resentment between them. The disconnect can be seen in Old Major’s speech, when he declares “Man is the only creature who consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plow, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.” This excerpt really coveys how the animals feel of the humans. They are angered by humanity’s presence in their lives, what they view as an unproductive, lazy, and weak creature, who forces them to do all the work. This resentment is only exemplified more, when Old Major states that “in fighting against man we must not come to resemble him….do not adopt his vices. No animal must live in a house, or sleep in a bed, or wear clothes, or smoke tobacco, or touch money, or engage in trade. All the habits of Man are evil.” because of the disconnect between these two groups, the animals come to resent the
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