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The definition of Utopia is "no place." A Utopia is an ideal society in
which the social, political, and economic evils afflicting human kind have been
wiped out. This is an idea displayed in communist governments. In the novel,
Animal Farm, by George Orwell Old Major's ideas of a Utopia are changed because
of Napoleon's bad leadership.
Old Major explains his dreams and ideas to all the animals before he
dies. At his speech all the animals go to hear what Old Major has to say. This
happens on the night that Mr. Jones comes home drunk. Old Major explains his
ideas to all the animals: Man is the only creature that 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 the
animals. (p.19) This speech gets all the animals riled up and sends the
toughts of getting rid of man. Old Major then teaches them the song the Beasts
of England which teaches them the "great" life without man and with no more bad
Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland,
Beasts of every land and clime,
Hearken to my joyful tidings,
Of the golden future time.
Soon or late the day is coming,
Tyrant Man shall be o'erthrown,
And the fruitful fields of England,
Shall be trod by beasts alone.
Rings shall vanish from our noses,
And the harness from our back,
Bit and spur shall rust forever,
Cruel whips no more shall crack.
Riches more than mind can picture,
Wheat and barley, oats and hay,
Clover, beans, and mangel-wurzels
Shall be ours upon the day...(p.22-23)
After the song the animals were even more excited. They sing the song so loud
it wakes Mr. Jones up. Mr. Jones starts firing his gun into the darkness. This
quickly scatters the animals.
Three days later Old Major dies so Snowball and Napoleon take over but
Napoleon wants all the power. Snowball does a lot of research and planing but
Napoleon wants to take over completely by himself. So Napoleon frames Snowball
so he can become the leader. Orwell tells about the meeting to discuss the
windmill: By the time he had finished speaking, there was no dought as to which
way the vote would go. But just at this moment Napoleon stood up and...uttered
a high pitched whimper of a kind no one had ever heard...nine enormous dogs
wearing brass studded collars came...they dashed strait for snowball. (P.57)
This scene shows Napoleon is a tyrant and wants all the power to himself and
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protection and other purposes. This foreshadows some of his later actions.
Later Napoleon starts to become a hypocrite and tries to erase old memories and
ideas that were not his own when he went against his own rules by going into Mr.
Jones house: Nevertheless, some of the animals were disturbed when they heard
that the pigs not only took their meals in the kitchen and used the drawing-room
as a recreation room, but also slept in beds...Boxer passed it off as usual with
"Napoleon is always right!", But Clover, who thought she remembered a definite
ruling against beds, went to the end of the barn and tried to puzzle out the
Seven Commandments which were inscribed there. Finding herself unable to read
more than individual letters, she fetched Muriel.
"Muriel," she said, "read me the fourth commandment. Does it not say
something about never sleeping in a bed?"
With some difficulty Muriel spelt it out.
"It says, 'No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets,'" she announced
Clover did not remember the fourth commandment saying anything about sheets.
The pigs were also seen eating in a kitchen and playing in the drawing-room,
even though Napoleon was against all of this in the beginning he became a big
part of these activities. From this scene some animals are starting to notice
their "Equal and Perfect" world is becoming not so equal any more.
As the years pass by there are more incidents that prove, Napoleon wants
to have more power. Also the "Utopia" idea is going away. Napoleon uses
Snowball to blame for all his problems. When the windmill is first destroyed he
Comrades,…Do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know who has come in
the night and overthrown our windmill? Snowball!! (p.72)
Napoleon says this when in reality the storm knocked the thin walls down. Also
after this scene Napoleon takes more rations when food is low. Napoleon starts
to drink alcohol and wear clothes near the end. This gets the other animals mad
but very confused:
It was a pig walking on his hind legs. Yes, it was Squealer. A little
awkwardly, as though not quite used to supporting his considerable bulk in that
position, but with perfect balance,…out came Napoleon himself, majestically
upright,…He carried a whip in his trotter,…all the sheep burst out into a
tremendous bleating of- "Four legs good, two legs better!" "Four legs good, two
legs better!" "Four legs good, two legs better!"
It went on for five minutes without stopping. Benjamin felt a nose nuzzling at
his shoulder. He looked round. It was clover… "My sight is failing," she said…
For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was
written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment.
It ran: All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.
After all of this confusing the animals are very confused. They just go along
with the scenario but some do not approve. The animals start to see there
"perfect" world disappear.
Orwell shows Old Major ideas of a Utopia vanish by having Napoleon
emerge as a tyrant leader and shows that he is power hungry from the start.
Throughout the story Napoleon starts to change his own regulations so he and the
other pigs can have more comfort. The animals are extremely confused because
Muriel is the only one who can read, so know one can remember the original
Commandments. Napoleon like any tyrant blames his problems on everyone else and
in the end ruins the animal's ideas of a perfect world completely. This story
teaches people there is no perfect world and somebody always wants more.