Power Hungry Pigs At some point of a communist society, a group of people decide that they are better than everyone else and it leads to too much power in the wrong hands. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Napoleon believes that every animal should be treated the same and not be controlled by humans. He also believes that pigs are superior and should be treated with more respect.
Orwell accomplished what he wanted after writing this book Stalin was a cruel individual and had powered other people to act like him. Just like Napoleon did with the nine dog, the sheep, and these animals particularly where Napoleon followers. Boxer was the opposite of them he was the people that know one cared about and who would work and fight till his death, like he did in the
Primarily, it is the message that is the same – to be cautious. In 'Animal Farm' at first it was the humans the animals were against – all animals were thus considered equal and safe. Yet as time continued, we see that many animals were unjustly murdered for either being unequal to the pigs, or being adversive to their leadership. We also see how the other animals that witnessed these injustices kept silent, for fear of the pigs, and for fear of going against the grain. As long as the pigs didn't come for them, they were fine to carry on with their lives.
Being ignorant can lead to oppression because smart people can use the ignorance against others. Animal Farm by George Orwell teaches a lesson in which animals that are kept from knowledge by the pigs. Since the animals were unable to understand most written materials, they believe that the pigs would help lead them to achieve an improved life. Animal Farm is an allegory of the Russian Revolution and of North Korea. In the Russian Revolution, the oppressed were the working class.
Had the animals questioned Napoleon, the same way that they questioned their human masters, the farm animals would have remained equal in all walks of life. Instead, the rules slowly became twisted to benefit Napoleon and his followers. Animal farm isn’t the only literary example which illustrates why one must question authority. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is another work of fiction which paints the picture of a not-so-far-off dystopian society governed by a totalitarian government which makes corrupt decisions for what they believe to be the better of all people. The government authorizes book burning, brainwashing, and the killing of innocent people.
Napoleon mislead and misinformed the animals, under his power. The animals had their own opinions and beliefs but weren’t educated enough to propose them. The farm came to know that “some animals are more equal than others”(134), their last state was as bad as their first. Napoleon formed an alliance with the human enemy to establish his personal dictatorship, the ruling of the pigs became more and more indistinguishable from their human neighbors. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to tell which was which” (141) Orwell’s message again, is that history can repeat itself, we must be careful and prevent that from happening, or we could end up in same situation as before, like the animals
They placed themselves at the top of the hierarchy because they knew the animals would blindly follow their reasoning (science, as Squealer said) and used this to their advantage to get better conditions, in this case, food, for themselves. Another example is when the pigs gave their excuse for not doing any work on the farm- claiming they had their own responsibilities that the other animals were not smart enough to understand. The text says, "There was, as Squealer was never tired of explaining, endless work in the supervision and organization of the farm. Much of this work was of a kind that the other animals were too ignorant
“This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would gave his rations reduced in half.” (Orwell 40). We see Napoleon halving rations for the animals who do not work extra time on the windmill. Napoleon is forcing animals to work harder or to face starvation as the rations are already so small. He is forcing them to face starvation and exhaustion to achieve the goal of building a windmill.
The satire present here is that the altering of the ten commandments effectively portray how the absurd the concept is. There is no way that animals could become, “more equal” than others. In the beginning of the novel, Old Major expressed that the animals shall overcome their oppressors, but the pigs become the oppressors. Through their chants and the ten commandments, the citizens are brainwashed to believe that everything is just and fair because when the commandments and chants were first written or said, everyone was in agreement, and believed it was fair. The pigs start to alter the propaganda, and the animals still believe that it is fair, when in reality it is not.
Well with all jokes aside, the animals are certainly not free under Napoleon’s rule. For one thing, the animals did not have to work as hard or as much under the Jones. In the act of Napoleon becoming more like ruler than helping everyone out ( kind of like Snowball). The animals are manipulated to work harder