Essay about Animal Farm, By George Orwell

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The story of Animal Farm is not just one of talking animals living on a farm. Rather, the tale chronicles the historical event of the Russian Revolution and the figures that took part in establishing the totalitarian regime in Russia, as well as the people that were affected by the ascendance of a corrupt leader. George Orwell, in Animal Farm, creates the villain character of
Napoleon, a Berkshire pig, and the main antagonist in the novel, who rose to power through acts of exploitation, fear tactics, and manipulation to demonstrate the corruption of Joseph Stalin 's dictatorship. Throughout the story, corruption arose in the farm as Napoleon gained power and began to grant himself privileges. Ignoring and having little interest in Old Major’s prophecy,
Napoleon, with the help of his pig follower, Squealer, began to change the seven commandments, ignoring the intention of bringing equality amongst all the animals. Motivated by power and greed, he takes the seventh commandment, “ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL,” and converts it by adding, “ BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS,” (Ch. 10, pg. 112) and from there on continued to change the rest for his own amusement. Similarly in the Soviet
Union, Stalin had no desire to work for the good of his country and was only concerned about his own gains and authority. In addition, instead of changing commandments, Stalin took the rights of his people. Just like Napoleon, who re-wrote the history of Animal Farm after getting…

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