Animal Farm, By George Orwell Essay

1306 Words May 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout history, people searched for the best way to structure society and organize the government. Individuals such as philosophers and authors theorize the effects of these possible societies, letting readers analyze the likely outcomes and determine the positive and negative effects. After considerable amounts of trial and error, it can be assumed that there is no such thing as an ideal or perfect society, but successful societies are proven to be composed of representation, enforcement of the laws, and personal freedoms, as shown in the novels Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, and 1984. George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, shows that the key to a successful society is representation. Orwell uses farm animals as an extensive allegory to the Russian Revolution, a real-life event that resulted in a communist and totalitarian state, in which the government has control over every aspect of society. The animals experience a decrease in their quality of life once the absolute dictatorship of Napoleon was implemented, and they never agreed to partake in the forced labor and building projects he required. The animals realize, “This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half” (Animal Farm 59). This, in addition to the working reforms created by Joseph Stalin, is factual evidence that having an exhausted working class is not productive and only leads to a detestation for the government, who continue to make life…

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