The Failure Of Animalism In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Animalism is the philosophy created by the pig Old Major in the book Animal Farm. The system is based on the idea that humans are oppressive and that animals should overthrow them and create their own system of government that promotes equality among all living things. Old Major dreams of a land where man has vanished and all animals are equal. Now, this sounds like a wonderful idea in theory, but when the animals eventually overthrow their human masters and take control of the farm they used to belong to their government fails and becomes a dictatorship. Which begs the question, What went wrong? Was it the decisions of the animals, their system of government, forces outside of their control, or Animalism itself that failed? It is my belief that the animals in…show more content…
Wouldn’t have the other animals at some point seen him becoming a dictator and stopped him? It is my belief that Napoleon gradually took power in small increments over a long period of time until he gained complete and total control over Animal Farm. First, the pigs started to take the milk and apples for themselves. Then they move into the farmhouse and start sleeping in the beds. Napoleon takes nine puppies and trains them to become his bodyguards and soldiers, enabling him to chase Snowball out, leaving him the sole leader of Animal Farm. He ends Sunday meetings, silencing the voices of the other animals. He changes the commandments of animalism to excuse his indulgence in human extravagances such as alcohol, and even his executions of fellow animals. Napoleon eventually declares himself the supreme leader of Animal Farm and changes, the seven commandments of Animalism to the maxim “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” He then makes the transformation from pig to human and starts walking on his hind legs, wearing clothes, and carrying whips. In the words of the English rock band “The Who” “Meet the new boss, the same as the old
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