A Political Allegory In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Animal Farm, a controversial novel written by George Orwell in 1945, appears as a simple fairy story, with no serious or underlying concept. However, this seemingly foolish tale truly has many layers of meaning that satirically expose the corruption during the Russian Revolution. Orwell was a political revolutionist who exposed the horrors of socialism, and defied public thought to show truth. George Orwell’s Animal Farm was a satirical allegory, presented in the form of a fable, which was meant to criticize and bring forth a deeper understanding of the probable outcomes of the Russian Revolution of 1917.
The idea behind Animal Farm was to critique the outcomes of the Russian Revolution, which lead to communism and chaos. In order to bring
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A political satire is a way of writing that exposes some sort of group or political evil. It forces negative opinions about the topic on the readers, and makes them think what the author wants them to think, ( n.d, Seymour.) Orwell was significantly good at this considering he was the one to state the truth when no one wanted to hear it. One way that satire is used in Animal Farm is exaggeration. Orwell exaggerated and enlarged the events of the Russian Revolution to provide an even clearer picture of Communism, ( n.d, Seymour.) Another kind of satire used is ridicule. Orwell made fun of Communism and a lot of people involved in the situation of which Animal Farm is based on, ( n.d, Seymour.) It also uses parody. Parody is used to imitate a person, place, thing, or group, ( n.d, Seymour.) Reversal, another form of satire, is used to present the opposite of normal order of events. Although satires are written comically, their purpose is to improve society by warning them of ridiculous political ideas. Irony is connected with satire; this is when what is being said is different than what is being done, (2015, Seymour.) Satire is a way of writing that is mixed with wit and humor, and has the overall motive to improve mankind in some …show more content…
By doing so, Orwell added allegories to Animal Farm, which became a major idea in the novel, (n.d, Seymour.) Like a fable, allegories are used to teach a moral or lesson; however, the difference is that they use figures of speech and characters to represent ideas, (2013, Literary Devices.) This way, Orwell can combine the two to bring forth his moral of the chaos in the government and in communism. His use in allegory, or an extended metaphor, gives the story it’s two meanings, one childish, and one revolutionary, (n.d, Seymour.) Like Orwell did, writers can use allegory to show political views and try to make a difference that can help or hurt. They show morals of the writer, and what he believes to be good or bad. Orwell especially uses this to expose the corruption of society, (2013, Literary

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