Compare And Contrast Animal Farm And 1984

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Most books usually convey a message to their audience. For example, many dystopian novels convey how not to govern, how not to behave as a society. Some of the novels are based on real events, real societies and governments that existed when the book was written, like communist regimes for instance. Two of the most famous dystopian novels are Animal Farm and 1984. Surely, these two books have a lot in common like how both books were set in England, written by George Orwell, and based on the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. Despite their similarities, both books have many differences as well. Animal Farm and 1984 differ in characters, plot, and society in the book.
Animal Farm and 1984 differ in their characters. In Animal Farm many of the
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In Animal Farm, inspired by Old Major and his ideas of Animalism, the animals on Manor Farm overthrow Mr. Jones and establish Animal Farm. At first, Animal Farm is a utopia for animals, as each animal supports one another, their work is for themselves and not for humans, and all animals are equal. Later on, however, the pigs take advantage of their power and the other animals and the animals in Animal Farm suffer more than they had under Mr. Jones. The most important aspect of Animal Farm is that it is a satirical allegory of the Soviet Union from the February Revolution to the Tehran Conference. The expulsion of Mr. Jones represents the February Revolution, the Battle of the Cowshed represents the Russian Civil War, the expulsion of Snowball represents the exile of Trotsky and the rise of Stalin, the building of the windmill and the industrialization of the farm represent Stalin’s Five-year plans, the Battle of the Windmill represents the Eastern Front of World War II, and the feast with the pigs and the humans at the end of the novel represents the Tehran Conference (“Animal Farm Symbolism, Imagery, …show more content…
The pigs are the head of government and are the most well-fed. The other animals have their rations constantly reduced and are under the control of the pigs. The only exception is Napoleon’s nine dogs, whose rations were never reduced due to their connection with the pigs. A social hierarchy contradicts the idea of Animalism, which preaches animal egalitarianism; nevertheless, social classes rise due to the corruption of the pigs. The social hierarchy in 1984 is split into the Inner Party, the Outer Party, and the Proles. The Inner Party is the upper class in Oceania. They enjoy special privileges like spacious living areas, servants, more expensive food, and a telescreen that can be turned off for a limited amount of time. The Outer Party is the middle class of Oceania. They work inside the ministries and do not enjoy the same privileges as the Inner Party and are the most surveyed by the telescreens. Proles are the lower class of Oceania. A Party slogan says “Proles and animals are free” (Orwell, 1984 166). Despite being the lowest class in Oceania, they enjoy the privilege of not being surveyed by telescreens; can enjoy the freedom of entertainment, religion, and sexual intercourse; and have their own free market that is used by the Outer

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