Roles Of A Dystopian Society In Animal Farm By George Orwell

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“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem” - Ronald Reagan. Often a dystopia is formed when a government tries to form a utopian/perfect society. In literature, the citizens of a dystopian society blame their government for the crisis they are in, which tends to result in a revolution. In Animal Farm by George Orwell, Crane Brittin’s theories such as all social classes are discontented, people feel restless or held down unacceptable restrictions in society, and that the government does not respond to the needs of the society are common factors highlighted in the novel that represent why the society decides to start a revolution.
In the novel, all social classes of animals are discontented because of the treatment they get from their owner, Mr. Jones. On the farm, Jones “‘sets them [the animals] to work’” to grow and gather the resources on the farm. They also breed more animals, which are then taken away. So, “‘he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and he keeps the rest for himself’” (8). Jones cares about what he makes from the farm, meaning that the animals are not well cared for because he is only concerned about himself. The animals are left with barely anything after giving Jones so much. All the animals are then miserable with their lives. Old Major explains that “‘even the miserable lives [they] lead are not allowed to reach their natural span,’” besides Old Major who has actually lived a long 12
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