Animal Farm Allegory Analysis

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a. How is Orwell’s Animal Farm an allegory? Be specific and provide examples from the text to support your statements. An allegory is a literary device that involves using other characters and settings to reference another topic. In many cases, writers use this to bring light to a dark topic. George Orwell’s Animal Farm is an allegory. He tells the events of the Russian Revolution in the format of an animal fable. I know the story is referring to the Russian Revolution and Soviet Union because the book was written in 1944, shortly after the Soviet Union fell. Another reason I know Animal Farm is an allegory is because the various events that take place throughout the plot match up with the events that took place during the Russian Revolution.…show more content…
b. What are the rhetorical components of this allegory? The story Animal Farm by George Orwell is an allegory. Within the allegory, there are multiple smaller, more hidden allegories and rhetorical concepts. This may include places, people or words. One of the smaller allegories of Animal Farm is animalism. Whenever the word “animalism” is mentioned in the story, it means communism. I know this because in chapters one and two, the text mentions how the animals are separated into classes and animals would like to be treated based on their abilities, not whether they are a pig or a goat. Just like in communism, how humans hope to be paid based on ability, not sex, race or social class. There are characters within the story who represent famous historical figures of the Russian Revolution. One being Napoleon. Napoleon is the only Berkshire Boar on the farm, meaning he was given special treatment. He did not like sharing his power with Snowball, so he turned puppies on the farm into attack dogs to chase off Snowball. Napoleon represents Stalin and the puppies represent Stalin’s police
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