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By jkjones08 Nov 04, 2008 792 Words
Animal Farm
Animal Farm tells of the story of animals that have been treated poorly for the majority of their lives, after awhile they plan a revolt against their human owners. This revolt is called the ‘Animal Revolution’. Old Major gives them the idea, but they are led by the pigs Snowball and Napoleon, the animals attempt to create a perfect animal society. Soon, power and corruption overcomes the pigs, leading to what is known as every downfall in any attempt at having a land controlled by one specific party. Animal Farm/Manor Farm becomes a world where all animals seem equal, but some were more equal than others.

There are many different characters on the farm, but only a few need recognizing and comparing. The first is Jessie; she is a dog who narrates the entire story. You see everything the way she sees it, which is almost the same as a citizen showing the corruption of a government. Next is Old Major; he is the eldest pig who begins the animal revolution. Although, before he can begin to see the change in the animal world, he is accidentally shot down by farmer Jones. Then there is Napoleon; he is the head pig, and slowly begins to rise into corruption. His first major sign of corruption is when he exiled Snowball. Snowball is a pig who was an assistant to Napoleon, he started to fall on the animals good sides and also came up with the idea of a windmill. Napoleon had him exiled as being a traitor because he was getting to powerful. Lastly there is Boxer; he was the great horse that took on all the heavy labor. Towards the end of the film he is badly injured after being badly overworked. He was murdered by being sent to a horse slaughterhouse. The characters played important roles in the plot of this movie.

In the film there was a great command economy put into place by Napoleon. Command Economy is capable of dramatic change and has basic public services available for low. Even though it doesn’t meet the needs of consumers and new or different ideas are highly discouraged, which describes Animal farm perfectly. Before the command economy, the farm had more of a traditional economic feel to it. Mr. Jones set forth certain roles for all animals of the community, and kept a stable, predictable life on the farm. Ideas were still discouraged and there was a lack of progress, along with a lower standard of living. The farm the animals dreamed of, along with Old Major was a Market Economic setting. They wanted to be able to adjust to change gradually but surely, there would be individual freedom for all animals, there wouldn’t be any interference from a higher power, there would be more consumer satisfaction, and although public goods would seem to end up scarce, they wouldn’t because a rule Old Major wanted to implement into their society. The rule Old Major wanted to put into their new revolutionized world was to not be able to trade with outside parties. This is a good idea, because then their economy would lose a few disadvantages, including low public goods and market failure.

On the newly ‘revolutionized’ farm, Napoleon and his public speaker seem to set the basis of living, by stating rules or commandments to follow. They begin slowly changing these rules to better suite themselves and commanding animals to do what they want. They slowly begin setting up the What, How, and For Whom questions. They give different jobs to different groups of animals, to try and gain a finished product that they can use later, or even possibly try to trade.

The beginning owner of the farm is Mr. Jones, he kept a traditional economy running throughout the farm. But post-revolution wise, the owner is Napoleon. (Even though in a market-based setting it would be considered as everyone’s land.) Enforced Property Rights are essential in a market economy, because everyone has the freedom to purchase their own land.

Animal Farm is a comedic approach to Soviet totalitarianism. The movie reflects actual events that occurred that led up to the Stalin era. Napoleon is modeled after Stalin, by his dictator-like ways. Snowball is modeled after Trotsky, who was accused of murder and was removed from power. Old Major is thought to be modeled after either Marx or Lenin. Boxer represents the many different people who served under Stalin relentlessly. Mr. Jones is looked at as the old Tsar, who had faced bad financial problems. All these characters have almost the same likenesses and qualities as the people they were designed after, showing how this movie resembles Soviet Russia.

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