June 7, 2012
The Animal Farm Rebellion
George Orwell’s fiction novel, Animal Farm, is an allegory because its events and characters represent key events and people from the Russian Revolution of 1917. An allegory is a work in which it has two meanings, a literal one, and a symbolic one. Animal Farm is basically a retold story of communism in the setting of a farm. In the beginning, the wise boar, Old Major, talks of the rebellion. The other animals get convinced that what he speaks of is the truth. After he dies, the animals take over the farm and run off the owner, Mr. Jones. They create their own government and eventually Napoleon, one of the pigs, gets drunk with power and he ends up becoming like the first owner, Mr. Jones. The rebellion was never completely successful. It was a complete downfall in which not many of the animals ended up surviving. Many characteristics of Napoleon represent Joseph Stalin. Both of them always got their way. They found that the only way to control people was to kill them. At first, Napoleon made the law that “No animal shall kill any other animal” (Orwell 24). They thought that all animals should be treated as equals. Napoleon later changed the law and tricked the animals into thinking he was good. The new commandment stated “No animal shall kill any other animal, without cause” (Orwell 91). Napoleon would make up excuses and tell the animals that everything was Snowball’s fault. When any animal rebelled against Napoleon, they were killed and their wrong-doing was blamed on Snowball. Joseph Stalin was very controlling too. He wanted people dead. He believed that people were the cause of everything that went wrong with his plans. As in his words “Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem” (Stalin 2). He was just like Napoleon. He wanted people dead so that he would always be the one in control. Events from Animal Farm represent key events from the Russian Revolution. The windmill was introduced...
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