Non-Sustainable Development In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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In his novella “Animal Farm,” George Orwell displays an example of a society managed by animals. The author documents the non-sustainable development that he encountered in Russia during the Russian revolution, and delivers it through the events that transpire in the farm. Sustainable development is when the country meets its present needs without interfering with the future generations’ ability to meets their own needs. When evaluating a society’s developmental status, several social, political, economic and environmental aspects must be taken into consideration. Examples on such indicators include natural resources, education, healthcare, social justice, trade, employment and infrastructure. When studying the conditions that existed in the farm over the course of an extended period of…show more content…
All members of the community would have to contribute equally in terms of labor. As well, the leader would operate his power prudently and without abuse or exploitation. In “Animal Farm”, animals are treated with injustice based on their identities, which serves as a typical example of the hierarchy of the human society. On the top of the social hierarchy pyramid is Napoleon, followed by the other pigs, then the dogs, and finally the rest of the animals. This social inequity is established by the educational opportunities that are only provided for pigs and by the amount of labor appointed to the rest of the animals, which is significantly higher than that of the dogs and pigs. This is exhibited when the writer says, “The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others.” (Chapter 3, Page 20) Aside from the pigs, the animals’ opinions are of trivial significance and are disregarded when making decisions. The social inequity that exists in the farm furthermore confirms the lack of sustainable
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