We often find that it is simpler to stay hidden in the dark, rather than step out into the light. As citizens it is our responsibility to call out our leaders if they are not taking notice of what we, the people, want or need. The animals, in Animal Farm, overthrew their farmer and attempted to form a fair government, but soon became dictated to, by the pigs. The book records the evolution of tyranny to totalitarianism which became as terrible as their first situation. In Animal Farm, George Orwell illustrates that it is the responsibility of the citizens to stand up against injustice and inequality.
Animal Farm is a book about the Stalins and the way he had treated others. Orwell the author of Animal Farm wanted to let other people to understand what was happening to others without verifying who he was talking about. To do this he had to use animals to relate to humans. In the book Napoleon is like Stalin and Boxer is the hard workers that do not get much attention. In the book Animal Farm, the animals live and act like people in today's society.
Have you ever lived in a society that promised many promises but always broke them? Have you ever been lied to? Animal Farm shows how the societies and rulers oppress their citizens without the citizens realising that. It also shows how rulers will always change when they are in power and only work for their personal privilege. In Animal Farm, George Orwell argues that Napoleon has solidified his power by using fear mongering, manipulation, and scapegoating.
All utopias are different. People have different concepts of utopias and they can be good or bad depending on their ideas. The examples of utopian societies that we read in class, like the well- known novel Animal Farm, and the lesser known short stories “The Most Dangerous Game” and “Harrison Bergeron” were all different examples of utopias, but none of them sounded fair or humane. One was murder, one was a twisted concept of equality and the other was taking advantage of blunt mindedness. In Animal Farm the leader Napoleon convinces the other animals to turn on the humans.
Being ignorant can lead to oppression because smart people can use the ignorance against others. Animal Farm by George Orwell teaches a lesson in which animals that are kept from knowledge by the pigs. Since the animals were unable to understand most written materials, they believe that the pigs would help lead them to achieve an improved life. Animal Farm is an allegory of the Russian Revolution and of North Korea. In the Russian Revolution, the oppressed were the working class.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Luther’s statement about ignorance being dangerous is a recurring idea in Animal Farm, written by George Orwell. In this allegorical story, Orwell uses the animals of Manor Farm to represent the corrupted leaders of the Russian Revolution, as well as the people who stood by and let it happen. Through his characters, Orwell attempts to expose the seriousness of the dangers presented by Stalin and other totalitarian leaders at the time and the need for people to think for themselves and oppose the tyranny. George Orwell uses Napoleon to take advantage of the other animal’s hardworking, albeit ignorant and naive attitudes to gain power and provoke fear and manipulate the farm animals, proving that, without followers, leaders have no power. In Animal Farm, Napoleon takes advantage of Boxer’s loyalty in order to motivate the animals to work more, and harder.
This shows the tension between the tenant farmers and the authorities. In several places in The Grapes of Wrath, there are examples of this fear coming out to harm the Okies into submission. One instance of this appears when a third person narrator explains that “ the owners hated [the Okies] because the owners knew they were soft and the Okies strong, that they were fed and the Okies hungry; and perhaps the owners had heard from their grandfathers how easy it is to steal land from a soft man if you are fierce and hungry and armed. The owners hated them,” (Steinbeck, 300). This awareness of the potential threat brought with the Okies and other farmers was a large source of the persecution shown to the lower class in 1930’s California.
In George Orwell’s book, Animal Farm, Squealer uses propaganda negatively to influence inhabitants of the farm, which is parallel to today with how propaganda deceives people, justifies war, and destroys credibility of a person or nation. In Animal Farm, Squealer, chief propagandist, attempts to convince the animals that their lives under the regime of the animals is better than that of the humans. Squealer tries to convey this message, for example, by telling the animals that the animals would better off if Napoleon made decisions for them. Squealer says, “No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves.
George Orwell wrote, “Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.” This quote is important because it explains the cause of the misery of a corrupted form of government, as well as depicting the context for the cause and creation of a dystopia. In Animal Farm by George Orwell, animalism was constituted after the animal revolution that overthrew Mr. Jones and ended his tyrannical rule. However, Napoleon gained power over Animal Farm and created a totalitarian rule. Napoleon used propaganda to maintain and expand his power. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, set in 2081, the Amendments made to the Constitution created a civil society where everyone was equal.
There is a common expression that says men are pigs, and in Animal Farm, Orwell shows us how pigs turn into men. For example, “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 p. 141). Orwell portrays the pigs as leaders that control the animals into believing that what they as pigs are doing is right which leads to corruption. So people’s ignorance contributes to social oppression in that quote from Orwell. Administration is to utilise someone in a skillful way.
2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2017. American obesity connects to the poor treatment of animals in factory farms. “Many standard practices in animal agribusiness are so cruel that they’re just out of step with mainstream American values about how animals out to be treated,” says Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection at the Human Society.