Napoleon Vs Animal Farm

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In 1945, Orwell wrote the fable, Animal Farm, displaying through clever allegories that every government system has a flaw, especially communism. However in 1954, the CIA funded the film adaptation of Animal Farm with changes to the ending, demonstrating a different theme then Orwell intended. In the fable, Mr. Pilkington, a character allegorical to a political power of democracy, and Napoleon, an allegorical character of Stalin, play cards while speaking about how Napoleon's “lower animals” are similar to Mr. Pilkington’s “social classes”. Finally, the two both pulled an Ace of Spades, which demonstrated that someone cheated since one deck does not have two Aces of Spades. This supports the theme Orwell wanted. It demonstrated that both political …show more content…
When Benjamin was spying on Napoleon and the pigs, he hallucinated them being Mr. Jones, the former ruler of Animal Farm allegorical to a dictator. Suggesting that the pigs, especially Napoleon, is becoming a dictator. A clear criticism of the communist political system and how it eventually leads to dictatorships. And once again, the film adaptation does not have any characters alluding to capitalism. But if one takes account the time period (the Cold War), then one can easily conclude that the CIA picked certain aspects of Orwell’s fable which criticized communism because it was propaganda to persuade the American public that communism is flawed and thus must be stopped. This is further supported when one also takes account the absence of any capitalist characters, thus no analysis on the subject at all. Not only that but in the film adaptation, the animals ask everyone to come together to overthrow Napoleon. Similar to the American policy of ‘Containment’, which was an attempt to stop the spread of communism by joining with other nations. Once again, propaganda that persuades the public to agree with the policy. As one can see, the CIA changes the Orwell’s original intended ending to better suit their need to persuade the American

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