Essay on George Orwell 's Animal Farm

1021 Words May 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout history dictators have become prominent figures that represent power over others, such as Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the novels Animal Farm by George Orwell and Lord of the Flies by William Golding, both Orwell and Golding portray their own views of a functioning dictatorship. Overall, Orwell deliniates a more accurate representation of a dictatorship in society than Golding does.
When dealing with a dictatorship, the militia, a body of citizens organized by the government for military service, is one of the most significant aspects of the government. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the dogs represent the militia of Napoleon’s dictatorship. They possess many of the characteristics of a militia, such an undying loyalty for Napoleon, the ability to strike fear into the hearts of the population, and the ability to protect the pigs from any threats. In the beginning of the novel, when the dogs are first introduced, Napoleon uses them to run Snowball, his biggest enemy, off the farm, “At once there was a terrible baying sound outside, nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars… They dashed straight for Snowball, who sprang from his place just in time to escape the snapping jaws… They were the puppies whom Napoleon had taken away from their mother and reared privately.” (Orwell 53) These dogs are present throughout the whole book and are quite significant. Their role as the militia gives Napoleon more power and makes the animals fear going against him. In…

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