Utopia to Dystopia: The Collapse of Animal Farm The attempt at creating a utopian society led the animals closer to a dystopia. The novel Animal Farm demonstrates that a fantasy paradise is unattainable and is parallel to the attempt of the Soviet Union. As leaders, the pigs paraphrased the rules, and made themselves as superior to the working class of animals. Not all the animals acknowledge the idea of a farm governed by animals and disregard the rules.
The pig 's add changes to the rules, so in return everything favors the pigs above all else. From this, the farm slowly fell apart, stripping away rights, individuality, and reformation. Along with stripping awway rights, the collaboration of banishing punishments is soon forgotten, producing an uproar and a loss of admiration of Napoleon. In the novel, the new commandment reveals, “It ran: “No animal shall kill any other animal WITHOUT CAUSE’” (Orwell 91).
That the pigs who were the brains of the farm should have a quiet place to work in. It was also more suited to the dignity of the leader to live in a house than a mere sty” (C6 pg66). This quote clearly states that the pigs have a higher ranking than the other animals and Napoleon is represented as a “leader” with “dignity”. Napoleon has altered the rules excluding the rules of The Seven Commandments making the place his. At this point, Animal Farm is changing completely and constantly and utterly ignoring the concept of
Animal Farm was written during a violent time of World War II and its’ events are parallel to the Russian Revolution. The Russian Revolution happened in 1917 where the hard working people of Russia rose up against the corrupt government of Tsar Nicholas II. The two most important leaders of the time that led the revolution were Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. The new government that was created was much worse than the one that was there before (George, ix). Animal Farm is a novel in which the animals at Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm come together to hear Old Major, a pig describe his dream about a world where all the animals could live free from humans.
Snowball emerges as a fervent ideologue who throws himself heart and soul into the attempt to spread Animalism worldwide and to improve Animal Farm’s infrastructure. His idealism, however, leads to his downfall. Relying only on the force of his own logic and rhetorical skill to gain his influence, he proves no match for Napoleon’s show of brute force. Although Orwell depicts Snowball in a relatively appealing light, he refrains from idealizing his character, making sure to endow him with certain moral flaws. For example, Snowball basically accepts the superiority of the pigs over the rest of the animals.
1) The Seven Commandments was propaganda for animalism, which was based on equality and not being humanlike in any way. First, No animal shall wear clothes. This is because by the time the pigs adopt clothes they are so powerful, and the other animals are so fearful, that it is unnecessary; second, whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. Because once they have achieved victory, animals must not emulate Man.
Throughout time there have been many conflicts between individual rights and societal concern shown in both the literary world as well as reality in history and in the current world. An example of this would be in George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, in which a rebellion against the unproductive owner on the farm leads to a dictatorship, lead by the animals, leaving them not much better off then they were before the rebellion. The novel could be seen as an allegory to the Russian Revolution. During the Russian Revolution the last monarch of Russia had served his country poorly and so a rebellion occur, in which the Bolsheviks took over, led by Vladimir Lenin. After the death of Lenin, there was a power struggle, in which the new dictator is extremely ruthless and paranoid.
In the novel Animal Farm written by George Orwell is about animals on a farm who rebel against their master Mr.Jones in attempt to be create equality between them. While the Rebellion was successful, overtime the animals are manipulated by the pigs to which the pigs become superior than the the rest of the animals on the farm. Making the Rebellion pointless as the pigs are the new owners of Animal farm leading to the pigs using fear, manipulation, and deception to trick the animals into thinking they are not ruling until it is to late. Orwell uses satire to compare his book Animal Farm to the Russian Revolution showing not only how he feels about the Revolution but how reacts towards it. Orwell uses his book Animal Farm to talk about the Russian Revolution by using satire and tries to use Animal Farm as an outlet to voice his opinion about how he despises the Revolution and as well as to convince others to share his opinion.
In the beginning of the book, animal farm was run by a human named Jones. All the animals believed that they were treated unfairly and ended up rebelling against him. The farm however, was still in horrible shape, so Napoleon stepped in and told everyone that he would make it better. The animals listened to Napoleon because they weren’t sure what else to do, and they thought that the pig was truly helping out the farm and making their lives better. Nicholas was able to win over his people in the same way.
As soon as they overthrow the human oppressor Mr. Jones with a democratic union of animals, the power is then quickly shifted towards the pigs. The message that Orwell points out is flaws of communism and conveys that equality cannot be achieved. People in power always want more and abuse their power. George Orwell, when asked about his book, stated that the goal was to show that this wasn’t unexpected. The turning-point of the story was supposed to be when the pigs kept the milk and apples for themselves.
"The seven commandments would be inscribed on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which the animals must live by forever," said Snowball. "For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out what was written on the wall-All animals are equal. Some are more equal than others." Theme 1: Animal Farm is most famous in the West as a stinging critique of the history and rhetoric of the Russian Revolution. Retelling the story of the emergence and development of Soviet communism in the form of an animal fable, Animal Farm allegorizes the rise to power of the dictator Joseph Stalin.