Animal farm in context to The Russian Revolution in terms of corrupting influence of power : Orwell 's goal was to portray the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the early years of the Soviet Union that resulted in a more oppressive and deadly government than the one it overthrew. Many characters and events of this novel are like that who started the Russian Revolution. In the book, Manor Farm is Russia itself, and the farmer Mr. Jones is Tsar Nicholas II (1894-1917) who was the Russian Czar (Russian emperor). He was the ruler of that nation. During his time, the Russians had to go through too much poverty and
George Orwell uses events like the exiling of the autocratic Farmer Jones as an allegory for the February Revolution, The Battle of the Windmill as an allegory for WWII, and the poker game as an allegory for Stalin’s totalitarianism. Orwell uses these events to show that communism corrupts people who have power and dissolves into a dictatorship over time. The hardworking animals on the farm were furious with Farmer Jones and how he maintained the farm. During the rule of Farmer Jones, his farm was atrociously dirty and his “animals were underfed” (Orwell 11). Farmer Jones would sit in his chair “reading the newspapers [and] drinking” (Orwell 11) all day.
Taking authority for granted is dangerous. If leaders abuse authority they expose an opportunity for revolting; as concluded from the fable. In the allegory, Animal Farm was owned by a man named Mr. Jones who has lately been under the influence of alcohol. When Mr. Jones started to not tend to him animals, the animals took advantage of Mr. Jones ' inadequate authority. They all rose up against him and took his power and control over the whole farm.
As what has happened in Animal Farm, Napoleon declared “Snowball’s expulsion” (Orwell 54) without the Comrades’ approval since they made noises of disapproval. As a result, Napoleon uses “the dog sitting around him to let out deep, menacing growls (Orwell 54)” to scare them away. He therefore had used the animal’s fear to gain power; and later on, the supporting “sheeps broke out into a tremendous bleating of ‘Four legs good, two legs bad! (Orwell 55)’” to end any chance of discussion on this topic. This is one of the propaganda the sheeps used to support Napoleon.
These characters are a direct comparison of the people from the Russian Revolution. They felt trapped by the brutal leaders and began a rebellion also seeking to create a society of equality and freedom. However, similarly to how the pig Napoleon was harmful to the other animals, the communist leader Stalin mistreated the working class. This relates to Karl Marx’s ideas of creating a utopian society, which is doomed to failure because of inevitable human
Orwell shows how power corrupts a person by turning Napoleon, a good animal, into a monster. In the beginning, after the animals had overthrown Mr. Jones, the farmer who had owned Manor Farm, the animals wondered what to do. A few weeks before, Napoleon the Berkshire boar had shown up at Manor Farm. The first time Orwell introduces Napoleon, he makes him appear
The Russian Revolution is a governmental overthrow of a ruling that took place in the early twentieth century. Prior to the revolution, Russia was ruled by Czar Nicholas II who was a part of the last reigning Russian monarch, the Tsar. The Tsar had complete power in Russia as he owned much of the land, commanded the army, and controlled the church. During the reign of the Tsar, the Russian citizens were treated badly and unfair. They experienced vigorous labor in dangerous conditions for little pay and were without food and money countless times.
Power and corruption has been an issue all throughout history. During the Russian Revolution, Joseph Stalin was gaining power really fast and how he handled his power was irresponsible. Lenin decided to get Trotsky to help him take down Stalin and stop him from leading Russians down a bad path. In the book Animal Farm, George Orwell creates a picture of an animal rebellion. He uses the animals to reflect an image of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
Propaganda is used to justify their wrong-doings and vices. The animals are parallel to the proletariats in the Russian Revolution. The animals are fooled and Napoleon’s tyrannies prevail. Like that of Stalin’s. Which was an important reason of the downfall of Communism [Animalism].
Napoleon Joseph Stalin the great leader of the soviet union is portrayed in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” as a selfish, controlling pig named Napoleon, who was one of the leaders of the other animals who represent the working class people. You can see that Napoleon represents Stalin many times in the book Such as when Napoleon tries to change the commandments so that they would suit him better, for example, how commandment number 4 states that “ No animal shall sleep in a bed”. He was soon caught sleeping in a bed and confronted by the others