The Meaning of Beasts of England in Animal Farm

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The Meaning of Beasts of England in Animal Farm

Better known by his pen-name George Orwell, Eric Arthur Blair wrote several political writings in satirical forms. One of which is the allegorical Animal Farm. It is a light, cheerful and entertaining story of farm whose oppressed animals which in turn enables them to speak and think for themselves. The text contains numerous songs, poems, and slogan adopted by the eponymous farm. Some of them are Beasts of England, Animal Farm and Comrade Napoleon. However, the most recognized is the first one because the animals sing it frequently. This essay will reveal what is the meaning behind Beasts of England.

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland
Beasts of every land and clime
Hearken to my joyful tiding
Of the golden future time
Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland
Beasts of every land and clime
Hearken well, and spread my tidings
Of the golden future time

The anthem originates from Old Major’s dream of a world where animals live without the tyranny of men; they are free, happy, well-fed and treated with dignity. Old Major introduces them to this new way of thinking about how their lives would be if they were in charge of the farm instead of the farmers themselves. It finally causes the animals to rebel and take over the farm because the song paints a dramatic picture of the utopian. It is an ideal place full of peace and harmony with no more hurt and struggling, and free of all atrocities and suffering, in which Old Major has in his dream.

Riches more than mind can picture
Wheat and Barley, oats and hay
Clover, beans, and mangel-wurzels
Shall be our upon that day
Bright will shine the fields of England
Purer shall its water be
Sweeter yet shall blow its breezes
On the day that sets us free

In the beginning, Mr Jones and the farmers pay no mind to the singing. Soon after the animals run Mr Jones out of his own farm and establish the supposedly egalitarian Animal Farm, they...
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