Utopia to Dystopia: The Collapse of Animal Farm The attempt at creating a utopian society led the animals closer to a dystopia. The novel Animal Farm demonstrates that a fantasy paradise is unattainable and is parallel to the attempt of the Soviet Union. As leaders, the pigs paraphrased the rules, and made themselves as superior to the working class of animals. Not all the animals acknowledge the idea of a farm governed by animals and disregard the rules. The corrupting effect of power has divided the united farm and drifted the animals far from the ideals of the revolution.
The allegory, Animal Farm compares the Russian Revolution in an understanding way to a typical farm life. The main idea in both pieces was to undertake a revolution to see change within freedom, instead it happened to just be the tyrants. In the Russian Revolution the czar was overthrown and only replaced by Stalin who remained a brutal and harsh leader to citizens. In comparison with Animal Farm; the abusive owner Jones, was overthrown by the “mighty” pig Napoleon who became harsh to the other animals and developed similar characteristics to the original leader. George Orwell portrayed his opinion; revolutions fail in that they result only in a change of tyrants.
What is the definition of power? Power means the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others. Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is an allegory illustrating how easily power can fall into the wrong hands. The book starts on a farm where animals are being mistreated by Mr. Jones, the owner. Old Major, an old boar, teaches the animals about the Rebellion, a plan to overthrow Jones and take control.
Essay 2 How Does Napoleon Stay in Power? Amid the power void at Manor Farm following shortly after the expulsion of Mr. Jones, it is filled by a brutal and tyrannical pig named Napoleon. After several years, the farm starts to flounder under Napoleon after the discharge of Snowball who acts as a counterbalance to Napoleon. Throughout this period of time animals start to question Napoleon's authority over them. This is the main plot of the novel "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.
In Animal Farm, the dilemma started when Old major dies and all of the animals in the Manor farm inspired by Old Major’s philosophy of Animalism. They plot a rebellion against Mr. Jones and the mutiny is a success. Snowball and Napoleon lead the said rebellion, and renamed the Manor Farm to Animal Farm. The pigs became the leaders because of their intelligence and Napoleon proves to be hungry in power. He also appoints Squealer to be his assistant and spoke person.
George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm is an allegory that not only exemplifies, but also satirizes the Russian Revolution. The animals on Manor Farm form a revolutionary and rebel against the tyrant Jones and begin to govern themselves under the philosophy of Animalism, where all animals are allegedly equal. Throughout the novel, Orwell unveils the tactics of propaganda used during the Russian Revolution. Propaganda serves the purpose of influencing popular opinion without any regard for truth or reason in order to promote a specific agenda. This is in agreement with Ralph Waldo Emerson, who stated, “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel”.
Over the course of the book, Napoleon and the pigs abused their power. On page 61, it was announced that the pigs would now live in the farmhouse, including Napoleon, since the pigs were the brains of the farm. “...the pigs suddenly moved into the farmhouse and took up residence there. ...Squealer was able to convince them that...the pigs, who were the brains of the farm...should have a quiet place to work in. It was also more suited to the dignity of the Leader(Napoleon) to live in a house…”(page 61) When they said that they need a quiet place to work in, they could’ve converted the farmhouse into an office, instead of using it as a residence.
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.
Animal Farm An Anti-totalitarian novel By - George Orwell Key Words Totalitarian Communism - a political system in which one ruling party plans and controls the collective social action of a state. Tyranny - cruel and oppressive government or rule. Dichotomy - division or contrast between two things that are represented as being opposed or entirely different. Treachery - betrayal of trust. Overview (Context) A dystopian Animal fable – Animal Farm, attacks the idea of totalitarian communism in a simpler format by painting a terrifying picture of a world in which personal freedom is non-existent.
One of the servant pigs on the farm, Squealer, is a representation of negative propaganda to control the citizens actions and thoughts. Orwell best writes, “It was pure imagination, probably traceable in the beginning to lying circulated by Snowball” (Orwell 64). The leader pig, Napoleon with his