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Animal Farm Essay

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Animal Farm by George Orwell is a novel that figuratively expresses the events that took place in the Russian Revolution. The real people from the Russian Revolution were represented by animals such as Pigs, goats, chickens and others. In the beginning of the novel the animals hate how they are mistreated and revolts against the farm owner Mr. Jones. The animals successfully drive Mr. Jones and all his men away from the farm to start their own colony. The animals represent all the citizens in Russia while the humans represented the leaders. At first farm life was good but slowly the leaders the farm, Napoleon and the pigs, abused the power and corrupted the town. George Orwell displays the injustice of the farm leaders and explains how the pigs manipulated the other animals through fear, lies and, deceit to keep their position as the leaders. Before old Major died he taught the animals that all animals are equal and all humans are enemies.Later when Napoleon came to power he told the animals that he had the same interest in the farm as Old Major did. He convinced the farm that he was the right leader by teaching them the saying “four legs good, two legs bad”. Since it seemed Napoleon shared the same interest as the well respected Old Major, it was deal the Napoleon would become the animal’s new leader. Napoleon along with the pigs represents Joseph Stalin, the Russian media, and Leo Trotsky. They used the physical force of the dogs, which represented the police, to help them enforce decrees and on those that opposed him. Napoleon commanded the dogs to slaughter1anyone who was said to be disloyal until “...the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon's feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood”.Napoleon didn’t care for his fellow animals he just wanted to remain at the top no matter what. Later on in the novel Napoleon started lying to his fellow animals. Napoleon consisted on telling them that everything that was going wrong was Snowballs fault. He used Snowball as a scapegoat for all of his wrong doings.3"Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball."He did that to a point where the claims sounded so ridiculous but Squealer was always there to convince to animals that “Napoleon is always right.” The pigs rely on the fact that they are more intelligent than the other animals so they should stay in power. The pigs abuse the wealth without helping the town.2"Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs." The dogsaren’t treated as bad as the other animals simply because the work with Napoleon and help him enforce rules. Napoleon starts talking to the humans and making deals with them. He offers to sell Mr. Whymper 400 eggs. Instead of producing the normal flow of eggs the hens react by decreasing their usual flow of eggs. Napoleon was angry at the hen’s disobedience that he made them starve. It was said that “any animal caught giving as much as a grain of corn to a hen is punishable by death.”This shows just how cruel Napoleon has become with all his power. By implanting fear, constantly telling lies, breaking rules, and tricking the animals Napoleon took power of the farm. He went to great lengths to keep the power and became corrupt in the process. George Orwell shows just how cruel you can become if you abuse power.