The Fall Of George Orwell's Animal Farm

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There is no doubt that George Orwell's Animal Farm is one of the great literary works of the 20th century. He retells the 1917 Russian Revolution in the form of an allegory taking place on a farm run entirely by the animals. The animals quickly find their utopia corrupt by the greed and cunning of the pigs. Much like the actual revolution, the animals blame the ruling party for their poor lives, while the animal’s revolution is sparked by the idea that man is the root of all animal problems. Although the existence of man and its domination of animal species is a problem, there are other factors that come into play when considering the fall of Animal Farm, including natural disasters, weather, internal corruption and poor living conditions. First of all, the ultimate demise of Animal Farm is the greed seeded inside the animals. Napoleon shows this on page 35: “The milk...was mixed every day into the pigs’ mash. The early apples were now ripening...the order went forth that all the windfalls were to be collected and brought to the harness-room for the use of the pigs.”(Orwell) Even though the animals collect and harvest the apples and the cows produce the milk, Napoleon …show more content…
Boxer, who is ultimately sent away by Napoleon, is injured and growing old of nature's accord. The cold that threatens the work ethic and health of the animals is also not man caused. The storm that blows down the windmill is also not manmade. “November came, with raging south-west winds...The windmill was in ruins...Yes, there it lay, leveled to its foundations, the stones they had broken and carried so laboriously scattered all around.” (Orwell) This passage describes the night the windmill blows over. Harsh winds whip the farm and eventually topple the thing the animals work harder on than anything. Despite the fact that men have caused the animals a lot of struggle, this problem is caused by nature, and it

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