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
The small minded people follow blindly by their leaders because the people’s ignorance is easier for them to be told to do something rather than themselves to think of it on their own. For example, in the book the sheep made it easier for the pigs to take control over a large group of the farm animals. The pigs were able to easily change the commandments because the sheep were to ignorant to notice that the commandments drastically changed from what they had been before. This also reminds me of another one of James Orwell’s books, 1984, in that book the government changed the citizens vocabulary so they are socially and politically
In Russia, the old Czar was overthrown, and communism replaced the monarchy. This parallels how Mr. Jones was overthrown, and Animalism replaced him. In Russia, everybody thought that communism was going to make life heaven on earth, only to have communism making life worse than before. In Animal Farm, the animals thought the same thing. Ayn Rand, the author of Anthem, did live in the beginnings of Communist Russia, and her novel takes a view of what might have happened had communism worked the way it was supposed to.
Napoleon ruled animal farm harshly and overworked the animals. Orwell described, “This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half” (Orwell 59). The animal’s are given a choice in the sense that if they wanted to, they could have Sundays off. However, the brutal consequences the animals would face if they did not work forced the animals to listen to the pigs. The pigs, who are more intelligent, tricked the animals into thinking they have a choice when in reality they do not.
Napoleon sends the guard dogs to attack Snowball, after that he runs away and doesnt come back.. Napoleon then become ruler, and is said to be a very good, wise pig. Napoleon knows that he has all the power because the pigs are the wises animals on the farm, being considered wise, every animal did what he said This is where the power goes to bad use and messes up the whole farm, the main reason that they overthrew the human owner was because of the way he treated the animals and the way he ran the farm, Old Major wanted ever animal to be equal. Since . Napoleon and the other pigs were breaking their own rule that they made and adjusting them to their benefit. They started to have human like characteristics, killing other animals that were in no stable condition, overworking animals.
Napoleon has also released many chants to help rally the animals on the farm. 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.
Comparison of Animal Farm Many comparisons can be made from Animal Farm to the excerpt “The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen” from the novel 1984. Some similarities in Animal Farm and “The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen” are portrayed through the two themes, abuse of language and power corrupts, and also the mood. One theme seen both in Animal Farm and “The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen” is power corrupts. In Animal Farm the pigs quickly become corrupted by their want in power, especially Napoleon. The pigs think they are better than the other animals and start to act very much like humans.
The Revolutionary Plague Daniel Berrigan once said, “A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal”. The story of Animal Farm by George Orwell tells a revolutionary tale that shares many similarities with this observation. Despite the initial efforts of the animals, the tyrannical leadership that existed before returns with the same issues they set out to confront. Berrigan’s comment ultimately reflects the pattern of history that humans follow and brings light to the many unsuccessful revolutions in history. To begin, though Berrigan’s quote may be brief, one reveals a much more complex meaning upon dissection.
One of the themes of Animal Farm is that people’s ignorance can contribute to their social and political oppression. All the animals (except the pigs) were not very intelligent. They blindly went along with what the pigs had to say. Most were unable to read, and did not notice when a commandment was changed. They were proud to be part of the only animal-owned and animal-run farm in England, but did not realize that the pigs were leading them just as Mr. Jones had.
Squealer, the propaganda agent uses propaganda in the story as a way to manipulate the animals who are not pigs. He makes them believe everything he and the pigs are doing is for the greater good of the whole farm despite the fact that it is not. Squealer controls them in many ways but the strongest or most apparent are telling the other animals Mr. Jones their neglective abusive owner will come back, lying about Boxer the horse’s death, and finally changing the unalterable commandments into one that reads “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. One of the very first and most used techniques Squealer uses is instilling fear in the animals. He does this by threatening Jones’s return.