Napoleon bands the song Beasts of England, he drives Snowball out of the farm, and opposes Boxer by sending him to a glue factory. Napoleon is extremely aware of his position as a leader, and he is not willing to surrender it. Though Napoleon and Jones have differences as their viewing of leadership, they are similar tyrants when it comes to how they treat the residents of the farm. Both leaders overworked the animals, rarely fed them, and never rewarded them with the fruit of their
“Animal Farm” by George Orwell, is a story to show how absolute power corrupts, just as Stalin’s power did during the Russian Revolution in 1917. In the allegory “Animal Farm” each character represents a political figure from the days around the Russian Revolution. For example, Joseph Stalin is represented by a pig named Napoleon, Squealer, another pig, represents Stalin’s propaganda department, and the dogs represent the Secret Police (KBG). Using the nine dogs that Napoleon raises (intimidation), Squealer (propaganda), and manipulation, Orwell illustrates how Napoleon was able to gain and maintain control of the farm. The nine dogs that stay by Napoleon at all times are useful for Napoleon to gain and maintain control of the farm because they scare the other animals, intimidating them so that they do not disobey Napoleon.
Several animals felt troubled in the decision of banishing Snowball from the farm but were unable to vocalize their concerns. “Four young porkers…uttered shrill squeals of disapproval…suddenly the dogs…let out deep menacing growls, and the pigs fell silent.”(Orwell 36-37) The pigs attempted to share their opinions but were silenced from speaking. Napoleon uses his dogs to cause fear so that the animals can not disagree with him. In the Russian Revolution the KBG scared the people into obeying Stalin and keeping any negative opinions to themselves. Also, the animals were unable to share their opinions when the pigs paraded around the farm on two feet.
The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupt, then forgotten. This is all due to the lust for power that the pigs Napoleon and Snowball have that made them all selfish and corrupted. 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.
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.
Old Major tries to teach the animals that without humans ruling, animals could do a better job and by taking over the farm where they live, they could finally be free and not under the communist rule of humans. After Old Major dies, three pigs - Napoleon, Snowball, and Squealer - lead the animals into a revolution against the farm owner, Mr. Jones, and succeed. As time progresses and the top three pigs acquire status among all the other animals, a leader emerges. Napoleon begins to show his true colors as a forceful ruler which is similar to the concept of communism. Another way that Orwell uses rhetoric in this story is he details the manipulation that Napoleon uses to gain complete and total control of all of the animals in the farm.
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
In other words, this book is not art; this book is propaganda. Corruption runs rampant in Packingtown, the town where Jurgis and his newly immigrated family work in the meatpacking industry. The Jungle’s heavy-handed symbolism alludes to the theme of corruption. For example, the animals represent the workers themselves; while the workers are the cattle, “each in a separate pen … leaving them with no room to turn around,” the wealthy capitalists are the “‘knockers,’ … watching for a chance to deal a blow” (Sinclair, 39). In other words, the capitalists are taking the workers lives
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
Squealer using his sharp tongue becomes Napoleon’s spokesperson and the dogs become his personal guards. He continues to use deceptive tactics, like blaming any loss on Snowball, and by lying to animals (e.g. circumstances of Boxer’s demise), Napoleon starts changing the rules and gains much more power. He alters the wording of the commandments to suit his needs. Under his leadership, the farm is attacked by Mr. Fredrick, a neighbouring farmer who destroys the windmill.
The pigs represent the Soviet ruling class because they are greedy, lazy, and manipulative.When Napoleon attacks Snowball and drives him to exile he is imitating the way Joseph Stalin drove his former friend Leon Trotsky to death. Animal Farm itself represents the location of Soviet Russia in which the allusion is describing the actions of its history. This book is a re-enactment of what dark and horrible things occurred in the history of Soviet Russia. It represents the lessons that were learned during this time and teaches the
After a pig named Old Major convinces the animals to rebel against Man, their primary problem, the animals take over Manor Farm. Although the other animals recognize the pigs as the intelligent, dominant leaders of the farm, the pigs quickly corrupt the ideals of Animalism to a dictatorship, which includes reduced rations, murders, and corruption. As the pigs distinguish themselves from the other animals and break the commandments, oppression and starvation seem to stare the working-class animals in their
When you think of tyrannical rulers, you never think of pigs, however, in the Animal Farm novel, the cruel behavior, complete control, and the hierarchy of classes, differentiates them from the other animals. The book Animal Farm is about a group of farm animals who have been tortured and mistreated until the animals rebel against their owner. The animals decide to run the farm themselves. Manor Farm has two weeks of perfect utopia; however, the idea of communism is only perfect on paper. The pigs indirectly start to take over the farm.