Animal Farm-a Political Satire
The book Animal Farm, is a political satire of a totalitarian society ruled by a mighty dictatorship, in all likelihood an allegory for the events surrounding the Russian Transformation. The animals of “Manor Farm” topple their human master (Mr. Jones) after a long history of mistreatment. Little by little, the pigs become dominant, getting more power and advantage over the other animals, a lot so that they become as corrupt and power-hungry as their predecessors, the people.
Major (an old boar) tells them that the source of all their problems is man, and that they should eliminate man from their midst for hopes of an Utopia. After Major’s death Napoleon and Snowball, 2 boars led the rebellion where soon things begin to change. Orwell constructs Napoleon’s career in recommendation to this quote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts definitely.” Napoleon cheated, controlled, and killed since of greediness for one’s place in power. Mr.
Jones tries to reclaim his power but the animals avoid him from doing so in what they call “The Fight of the Cowshed.” After the fight, Napoleon drives Snowball off the farm informing everyone that Snowball was on Mr. Jones’ side. This is just the start of what Napoleon’s plans are for the future of Manor Farm. This is no surprise originating from Napoleon, based upon what he has done before, always disagreeing with Snowballs strategies and thinking of his own. Napoleon is further appreciated by the other animals for exposing and getting rid of the traitor, Snowball, from their midst.
Napoleon now is on the middle of getting more power then he might possibly manage. On one part, he didn’t get this power fairly in the very first place. Napoleon didn’t do much while Snowball was around, so when Napoleon believed that the pigs were ending up being corrupt bye Snowball. The style in Animal Farm keeps that in every society there are leaders who, if provided the opportunity, will likely abuse their power. The pigs, the most intelligent of the animals, gain control to make wise decision versus the human beings, but in turn they turn versus each other.
In one part of the book Napoleon had actually used the canines to eliminate what he thought were the traitors at Manor Farm. A few of the pigs had admitted to being apart of Snowballs plans and having something to do with the neighboring farms, so Napoleon had them all eliminated in front of all the other animals. Once again Napoleon abuses his power and not forgetting breaking one the 7 Rules that mention No animal will eliminate any other animal. The situation at Manor farm really starts to alter now. Napoleon moves into Mr.
Jones’ house, oversleeps his bed, and even wears his clothes. As soon as once again Napoleon breaks among the laws that were produced Manor Farm which states No animal will sleep in a bed. This confuses the animals however they can’t return and check out the commandments due to the fact that they can’t check out. Aside from the laws, The pigs are also taking larger food rations for themselves validating their behavior as something required for the “brains” of their animal society. In order to make these actions appear right, they needed to be translated differently, which Napoleon set up. his was common of the pigs, however yet the other animals didn’t see the genuine photo. Quickly the book ends with the pigs walking on 2 legs stating the Four legs excellent, 2 legs much better, and it ends with a question being Who are the humans and who are the animals? The theme throughout Animal Farm exists through the allegory of corrupted pigs and the passivity of the other barnyard animals. Orwell’s message about power, in the hands of a couple of, is corrupting and not does anything to benefit the masses.
The animal Napoleon can be compared as a character representing Stalin in Russia. Both were very mean looking, didn’t talk quite however constantly got what they desired through force. In the part of the book when Napoleon had the canines charge Snowball to gain his place in leadership. Stalin became the Soviet Leader after the death of Lenin. He was undervalued by his challengers who constantly became his victims, and he had one of the most ruthless, regimes in history.