Comparative Essay Anthem and Animal Farm

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The books Anthem by Ayn Rand and Animal Farm by George Orwell are both written about dystopias, or the most imperfect and dismal society. Both authors write about humans –or animals- failing to create a utopia or perfect society. Though both authors use different points of view, language style, and voice the same theme is expressed: a perfect society where everyone is equal cannot exist.

In Anthem, the main character, Equality 7-2521, rebels against the futuristic government he lives in, like the animals rebel against their farmer in Animal Farm. Anthem ends at Equality’s escape from his city but, Animal Farm is about the new society created after the rebellion and how it starts out promising but eventually is driven into the ground by the animals themselves. Orwell writes about the seven laws of Animal Farm that continue to be revised by the Communist pigs who take the farm into their own hands or, trotters. “They had thought the Fifth Commandment was ‘No animal shall drink alcohol,’ but there were two words that they had forgotten. Actually the Commandment read: ‘No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.’” (109) The reader understands that the pigs have changed the law, but the animals –being too simple minded- can’t put the pieces together.

The pigs deceive the animals many times by adding words to the laws, training frightening guard dogs and using a pig named Squealer to persuade them away from any thoughts of doubt. “Squealer spoke so persuasively, and the three dogs who happened to be with him growled so threateningly, that they accepted his explanation without further questions.” (Orwell 58) Eventually the pigs become so obsessed with luxury and power that they drive Animal Farm to its downfall, a perfect example of dystopia.

Anthem is written from the viewpoint of a man with a curse. A curse that causes him to want more than he is supposed too and appreciate some things more than others which is of course illegal. Equality 7-2521 lives in a...
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