Sugarcandy Mountain Symbolism In Animal Farm

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Animal Farm by George Orwell is about the lives of animals on Manor Farm who one day revolt and take the farm for their own naming it Animal Farm. These animals set up their own set of commandments to follow based the ideas that the oldest boar of the farm had taught them called Animalism. This idea was to be the basis for their own society. However, not all goes their way as another boar named Napoleon soon takes over the farm and turns it into a totalitarian government. The whole story of Animal Farm can be compared to the Russian Revolution, but can also be compared to other countries and their leaders today with its many of its themes addressing numerous issues in certain governments and societies in today’s world. One of the themes presented…show more content…
While he does not play a major role in the fairy tale, he does play an important role in controlling the rebellious actions that they animals may have under the control of Napoleon. His ideas are used to make the animals believe that all their work will not be for nothing and that even after they die they will be rewarded with the paradise that is Sugarcandy Mountain. The pigs write his ideas off and persuade the animals of the farm not to listen to him. Although, later in the story, once Napoleon is in power, the pigs seem to change their attitude towards Moses’ ideas. After Moses returns to the farm, the author states, “they all declared contemptuously that his stories about Sugarcandy Mountain were lies, and yet they allowed him to remain on the farm, not working, with an allowance of a gill of beer a day” (Orwell 118). It is through this quote that the reader realizes that Napoleon is using Moses as way to control his people. By keeping Moses at the farm with beer, he can keep the idea of their own version of heaven alive. This is important because by using these ideas, the animals can justify the cruel leadership of Napoleon as they believe that the suffering will be worth it once they get to Sugarcandy Mountain. This idea of dying for a cause is also used today by powerful leaders and religious groups.
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