George Orwell's Animal Farm As An Allegory?

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Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is most commonly understood as a allegory. An allegory is a text that can be interpreted for a deeper meaning. In most cases, the characters and events in the text represent real life characters and events to portray a deeper meaning. One popular interpretation of Animal farm is that it is an allegory for the characters, ideas, and events of the Russian revolution. In 1917, the oppressive rule of Tsar Nicholas II was overthrown in the Russian Revolution lead by Vladimir Lenin. Lenin did not live to see the effects of his revolution, leaving a power vacuum that was filled by Joseph Stalin who gained control through power and brutality. Stalin’s rule was extremely harsh, and he remained in power with help to his secret police of KGB agents; He also had a habit of eliminating anyone who got in the way of his reign (“Critical Essays The Russian Revolution.”). Animal farm was fashioned after these real life events for the purpose of making readers think about the subjects of power, equality and rulers. Orwell wrote this novel to portray the idea that power, such as political or economic, corrupts individuals that use it, turning them into power hungry tyrants who only care about getting power and protecting it. Animal Farm is a story of animals rebelling against their harsh human owner, Mr. Jones. The revolution starts by a pig named Old Major giving them the idea for the revolution, and the idea of an equal society through animalism. Old Major
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