In the French revolution when the Reign of Terror started, and democracy failed to exists, Napoleon became emperor. Like his counterpart Napoleon (animal farm) was a totalitarian tyrant. This shows the human inclination to resort to class categorization, and division by socio-economic class, even in an ‘equal’ socialist society. All in all, the revolution started out on the wrong grounds, and a plan for an equal future never existed, causing the society to look for a scapegoat. Moreover the lack of motivation of the animals caused the leaders to look for an enemy in order to motivate them.
Their utopian life was shredded by the selfish acts of Napoleon, as he was just as bad as a human. This is comparable to the Soviet government revising history in order to exercise control over the people's beliefs about the Soviets and their society. In conclusion, abuse of power contributed to the revolution being corrupted and Animalism becoming rotten, comparable to the political system of the Soviet Union by the Communist Party.
While communism may be an unsuccessful form of government, its disastrous effects were worsened by extensive authority in the hands of corrupt leaders. Orwell privileges the concept that the vices of leaders possessing extensive authority are reflected in the society which they govern. Napoleon, who is the leader of Animal Farm, is naturally selfish. This trait is exhibited when Napoleon and the pigs lead luxurious lives while the other animals live in poverty. For example, after Mr Jones is overthrown: “it was agreed that the milk and the windfall apples…should be reserved for the pigs alone” (p.
In the beginning of the novella, animals overturned the avaricious men from the governing position. The reason for such drastic measures is that they grew discontented with oppressive conditions that men had created for them. This action gave them opportunity to establish a society devoid of fear and pressure, but the society, in which justice and equality thrive. However, their endeavor suffered complete collapse. The society that had been meant to be just transformed into tyranny, where the rights of every inhabitant were suffocated.
The cyclic nature of political revolutions and the uneven distribution of power creates a problematic and dystopic society. This is depicted in George Orwell’s dystopian, allegorical novella “Animal Farm”. This provides a warning against revolutions as he suggests that revolutions are detrimental to a society and its working class citizens. His novel depicts the unfavourable aspects of the human condition, and the terrible effects they can have on society if political leaders are not regulated. Orwell argues that a political revolution leads to an uneven division of power between citizens and their leaders, and this creates problems within politics such as corruption and propaganda.
Napoleon is the face of tyranny and bigotry; he takes the foremost role in the author’s depiction on the misuse of power. Modeled on the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, Napoleon, however, represents totalitarian leaders that manipulate the common people by promising an ideal of freedom. He makes no contribution to the wealth of Animal Farm itself, only to the amount of power he wields over it. “…disobey Napoleon’s orders. They too were slaughtered” (62).
He wrote Animal Farm to showcase his opinion on the Russian Revolution. When Orwell was accused of humiliating the government, he replied that it was a story of animal. .Animal Farm is banned in many countries because the government does not want people rebelling. This novella has an allegorical nature with animals who symbolize parts of human nature. Animal Farm is an allegorical novella, this story portrays the evil sides of humans for example greediness, hypocrisy, manipulation, need for power.
Block the Merchant signifies a citizen who is enslaved to human institutions and causes his own self-destruction because he is attached to ideals designed to fail. He is overly conscious about his position in society and interactions with Josef K. because he establishes his opinion on artificial human values. When Josef K. asks him about his past with lawyers, he replies, “I’ll confide in part, bu... ... middle of paper ... ... thrive in the totalitarian driven society, like the executors, give up all instincts that would allow them to thrive in competitive, naturally selective reality and screams, “Like a dog!...as if the shame of it should outlive him” (Kafka Ch. 10). People’s perspectives and influences on an individual are more important than how an individual lives their lives, and that was Josef K.’s weakness in this totalitarian and bureaucratic environment.
Working people in dangerous conditions, almost to death, will not get your country very far. George Orwell directly relates the windmill, the executions, and the dogs to events that happened during Stalin’s era. Stalin was a deceiving ruler, just like Napoleon. George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a political satire that critiques the way Stalin ruled the Soviet Union in an inhumane way.
One such person who did not approve of the new Soviet Union and its new brand of socialism was George Orwell. As a socialist himself, the perverted image of socialism that the Soviets projected and the reluctance of other countries to criticize it disgusted him. Soon, Orwell decided to criticize it himself, including the propaganda. In Animal Farm, Orwell uses Squealer’s quick mouth to show how powerful an effect propaganda can have on an unthinking society. Orwell depicts one such powerfully effective propaganda technique through Squealer’s duplicitous storytelling: revisionist history.