Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution

George Orwell’s historically acclaimed novel, Animal Farm, begins on Manor Farm in rural England. The animals on the farm dream of a life where they are free from humans, and one day when the farmer (Mr. Jones) forgets to feed to animals, the animals take action on their rebellion and successfully create their own “Animal Farm”. Two pigs Napoleon and Snowball emerge as their new leader, and establish seven new rules for the farm, and live a new life in synchronization.

Tension on the farm begins to rise as Snowball and Napoleon begin to have different views on the direction of the farm. Napoleon calls his attack dogs to chase Snowball away, never to be seen again, and Napoleon now becomes the sole dictator of the farm. Slowly Napoleon starts making the animals work longer hours for less food, giving the excess food to the other pigs stating that they needed it because they were more inquisitive. Napoleon then uses one of Snowball’s old ideas to build a windmill. Through propaganda, he convinces the other animals it was his idea all along. After several failed attempts at building the windmill, the long hours that Napoleon demands, kills the workhorse Boxer. Napoleon beings to change and break the rules which he set out, leading to the end where the other animals cannot see a difference between the pigs and the humans.

George Orwell writes his novel Animal farm as a narrator and uses irony throughout the novel to convey his messages. Orwell’s omniscient style of writing Animal Farm allows the reader to believe he doesn’t pick sides with either of the leaders (pigs) in the novel; but to simply provide readers with the facts not his opinion “ It was noticed that they were especially liable to break into ‘four legs good, two legs bad’ at crucial moments in Snowballs speech”1. Orwell writes as if he was an animal in the room during this debate, giving the reader the illusion that he was really there observing and takin..

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