An Analysis Of George Orwell's Animal Farm

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In his novella Animal Farm, George Orwell portrays an example of a society managed by animals, in which he narrates the non-sustainable development he encountered in Russia during the Russian Revolution, and delivers it through the events that transpire in the farm. (An Analysis of the Animal Farm) Sustainable development is when the country meets its present needs without interfering with the future generations’ ability to meet their own needs. When evaluating a society’s developmental status, several social, political, economic and environmental aspects must be taken into consideration. Examples include natural resources, education, healthcare, social justice, trade, and employment. (Sustainable Development Goals) When observing the farm…show more content…
A sustainably developed society should provide equal quality education and healthcare and would have a productive economy, trade and fair labor regulations. (Indicators of Sustainable Development) In Animal Farm, the pigs were the only literate animals, and the rest were regarded as intellectually inferior. At the beginning, the pigs were attempting to teach the other animals. However, Napoleon soon forbade the animals from receiving an education of any caliber, thus fostering a society infested with ignorance and illiteracy. (An Analysis of the Animal Farm) Orwell expresses, “But the pigs were so clever that they could think of a way round every difficulty.” (Orwell, 12) Moreover, the labor division in the farm is mismanaged, as the type of work allocated and the reward are decided in a discriminatory manner, with the pigs getting the least exhausting work, yet the highest pay. Meanwhile, the rest of the animals are overworked and underpaid. (An Analysis of the Animal Farm) Orwell says, “The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others.” (Orwell, 20) Though abundant food quantities are produced, the food is distributed unjustly. The animals had initially prohibited the action of trade. However, Napoleon disobeys this rule and begins engaging in trade with other farms owned by humans. (An Analysis of the Animal Farm) Orwell…show more content…
However, when we observe and probe the political and social conditions that inhere in the farm, it is patent that Animal Farm mainly denotes a non-sustainable human society where there is social inequity, political injustice and poor management. The existence of such conditions hinders the progression of the farm, as social equality, political justice and coherent management are indispensable to the development of any society. Furthermore, no advancement or growth can occur if there is a dearth of parity, as fairness and development come hand in hand. However, the author presents the farm (which symbolizes the Russian Revolution) from his subjective and biased perspective, which limits and restricts the reliability of what he is proposing. (An Analysis of the Animal
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