George Orwell demonstrates that with knowledge and education comes great power, and this can be extremely dangerous if it falls into the hands of those who are self-serving. This is shown when, the pigs only benefit themselves, they get to kill other animals and they broke the rules for their own advantage. The
There are many examples of this throughout the book. One power grab that failed Animal Farm, was when the pigs take the milk along with the apples for themselves. “So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and windfall apples (and also the main crop of apples when they ripened) should be reserved for the pigs alone.” (P.g 36) This is unfair because the pigs being selfish, but they are the leader, it immediately grants them permission to do so.
I believe the use of allegory, as a rhetorical device is more effective than simply laying out a non-fictional account, or a historical or statistical analysis of the period and the rise of the Communist Party because it seems like a harmless story. At first, you sympathize with the characters like Boxer and his Donkey companion Benjamin. When the evil pigs betray everything that Animal Farm stood for, you feel a strong emotion for the animals affected. Anyone who knows about the history of Russia or Nazi Germany will see similarities of events and the characters in Animal Farm and associate those forms of government with
Introduction In the canonical novel Animal Farm, George Orwell competently uses themes to position the reader to view Joseph Stalin as a tyrannical leader and create a scathing indictment on the Russian Revolution. Animal Farm is a masterwork of political satire and tale of oppressed uneducated underclass who longed for freedom but ultimately are exploited by assuming the very power that had originally oppressed them. 1st Paragraph - POWER THROUGH FEAR (JONES WILL COME BACK, DOGS)
The animals at the beginning just wanted everyone to be equal and to stay away from man, but in the end the pigs who were running the farm turned into men. “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 say which was which.” (Orwell, 141). The pigs had turned into what they had feared and even hated at the start of the book. Orwell uses humor to show that even thought the animals had agreed on equality the pigs wanted to be at the top.
Furthermore, Napoleon gives the other animals the impression he was the sole leader of the rebellion on Animal farm and makes Snowball -a leader who wanted what was best for the animals- seem like an enemy who was in cahoots with Farmer Jones since long before the animals took over the farm. Napoleon and Squealer (another “fat cat” pig.) always put the blame on Snowball whenever something went wrong in the farm to avoid having the blame fall on them. Napoleon is an exemplary example of just how selfish and hypocritical people can be in furthering their own aims because he continued to subtly but purposely change the seven rules put in place as the pillars of animalism. For example, Napoleon and the other pigs move into Farmer Jones’s house and sleep in his bed after commanding “No animal shall sleep in a bed”, so he changes the commandment to read “no animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets”.
The animals that Napoleon leads resemble the ignorant, but hardworking people of Soviet Russia. These animals are easily manipulated by Napoleon, because they are uneducated. They are oblivious to how unfairly they are treated. Boxer’s motto is a prime example of how the animals look at their government. Boxer often says: “Napoleon is always right!”
The pigs in Animal Farm are given the most human-like attributes from leadership to standing on two legs. They even use the phrase, “four legs good, two legs bad,” throughout their rebellion against the farmer, yet change it to, “four legs good, two legs better,” in an act of tyranny to save themselves from hypocrisy when the pigs begin to stand on two legs like humans. The pigs continuously degrade the other animals while lifting themselves up on pedestals of near perfection to solidify their following. These actions are of course attributed to the governmental structure of communist Russia, but the actual pigs grew to be more human over time. This transformation and use of pigs is not coincidental with Oryx and Crake because the fusion of humans with pigs, although in a different context, was done once before with Orwell.
Napoleon uses scapegoats to redirect anger and answer criticism the animals might have that concerns him and the pigs’ decisions. He downplays situations to make himself look better in the eyes of the animals. Also, he uses the tactic of fear mongering to control the animals by manipulating them through their emotions. To summarize, Napoleon manipulates the animals in many ways to maintain control of Animal
None of the animals...except for old Benjamin...seemed to understand...” That quote means that Napoleon forced squealer to go change the commandments to benefit the pigs. The pigs think they are superior over the other animals even though the farm's motto is “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Napoleon wanted to keep superiority over the farm by using fear, propaganda, and Animalism to get his ways at the farm. Napoleon wanted to have complete power over the farm but the animals were catching onto what he was doing to the future of the farm
Unit 2 Writing Assessment: Animal Farm Animal Revolution “Death is the solution to all problems. No man - No problem” (Joseph Stalin). In this novel the old boar talks about a revolution that the animals will overthrow the humans. After the revolution the pigs take charge over all of the animals and come up with commandments.
This quote showcases the specific way Orwell places his words to change the tone of this story. For example, in the quote it says that pigs are “generally recognized” as being the cleverest of animals. Orwell could have said that the pigs are the cleverest of animals, but he did not. This causes the reader to think: what if the pigs are not the most intelligent? What if the pigs manipulate the animals into thinking they are the most intelligent?
Persuasion in Animal Farm causes the animals to be blinded by the pig’s lies and leads the farm to a system of class distinction. The passage from Animal Farm,” About this time, too, it was laid down as a rule that when a pig and any other animal met on the path, the other animal must stand aside” (Orwell 65), shows how pigs were more important in Animal Farm. This show class distinction because it shows that pigs were more important than the other animals. Also, this shows what happens to you when you get all of the power, you become corrupt and create a system of class distinction. Another quote from Animal Farm that shows the hierarchy in Animal Farm is, “He believed that he was right in saying that the lower animals on Animal Farm did more