Farm As An Allegory In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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George Orwell 's story Animal Farm is written in the form of an allegory. This story is an allegory because George Orwell uses the animals as symbolic figures to represent humans and the farm as a representation for a world war. He also uses the events that happened in Russia at that time to represent the communist rule of the Soviet Union. In Animal Farm, Orwell uses Old Major, an old pig, to be a teacher to all the other animals on the farm to help them learn how to exist in a world where animals can rule without humans. Old Major tries to teach the animals that without humans ruling, animals could do a better job and by taking over the farm where they live, they could finally be free and not under the communist rule of humans. After Old Major dies, three pigs - Napoleon, Snowball, and Squealer - lead the animals into a revolution against the farm owner, Mr. Jones, and succeed. As time progresses and the top three pigs acquire status among all the other animals, a leader emerges. Napoleon begins to show his true colors as a forceful ruler which is similar to the concept of communism. Another way that Orwell uses rhetoric in this story is he details the manipulation that Napoleon uses to gain complete and total control of all of the animals in the farm. For example, when the original seven…show more content…
He did this because it is not feasible for animals to overthrow humans and take over and rule a kingdom. His story does not simply state how a government can become a communist government. Instead, he uses the animals in allegory method to draw a parallel of humans and animals and lets the reader draw their own conclusions. Animal Farm is a fictitious story that could never happen as it is written. However, if the reader is able to understand that Orwell is comparing Napoleon to the leader of the Communist Party then the reader can see and understand the basic principles of the communist
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