Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Animal Farm ' Essay

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From Utopia to Dystopia:
Summary and Analysis of Class Stratification in George Orwell’s Animal Farm

George Orwell’s novella Animal Farm was published on August 17th, 1945. It depicts a satirical and fictionalized representation of the corruption of socialist movements in the Soviet Union through animals overtaking a farm. The main theme surrounds society’s tendency toward class structures and segregation.
Orwell’s story begins on Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm in England with Old Major, a pig, describing to all the animals of a dream he had about a world where all animals live free from the dictatorship of humans, a philosophy he names Animalism. Following Old Major’s death, the animals are inspired to attempt to overthrow the humans and achieve a utopia where all animals are equal and will lead easier lives. Two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, take it upon themselves to plan and orchestrate a rebellion against Jones. When he is successfully chased off the farm, it is renamed Animal Farm and the Seven Commandments of Animalism are painted on the barn wall. At first, everything is going according to plan. The harvest is completed and the animals meet regularly to debate farm policy. The animals begin to refer to each other as Comrades. The pigs, because of their intelligence, become the supervisors of the farm. Napoleon, however, proves to be a power-hungry leader who has stolen from other animals for his own benefit. He enlists the help of another pig, Squealer, who is…

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