Old Major's Response To Animal Farm By George Orwell

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1. The ideas that Old Major advocated in his plan to initiate a revolution, which in turn would favor all the animals, indeed parallel those of the origins of socialism. Through Old Major’s words, he reveals the miserable animal exploitation and cruel workings that the human species had created for their own benefit; “The life of an animal is misery and slavery” (Orwell 28). Similarly to the notable socialist, Karl Marx, who argued that exploited workers would unite to overthrow the higher classes to impose reforms, Old Major proposes a rebellion, “the overthrow of the human race” given that the humans take advantage of animals (Orwell 30). Moreover, in the boar’s speech, he encourages the animals to unite in order to
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Jones, the farm owner. If the boar had not spoken about his dream and beliefs, he would most likely not have inspired the animals to unite and revolt sooner in the first place. Despite dying shortly after giving his speech to the animals, he was the match that started the spark; Old Major managed to arouse the animals to carry out the revolution. He gave the animals a “completely new outlook on life”, particularly the devious pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, who both felt that it was their job to prepare for the rebellion to take place (Orwell 35). Unfortunately, the pigs end up becoming tyrants and run a totalitarian system, leaving the rest of the animals doing the heavy labor and performing executions without any justice. Since the revolution, nothing great happened to all the animals. On the contrary, their situation was as terrible – if not worse – as it was before the Animal Farm came to be (Orwell 115). Perhaps, if Old Major had recognized possible flaws within his plan, then maybe the animals would not have experienced a burdening, cruel life (Cliffsnotes, “Animal Farm: Old …show more content…
In the beginning of the story, religion seems as a valuable, worthy practice because all the animals would zealously follow the principles of “Animalism” by obeying the Seven Commandments (Orwell 42). Failure to practice the laws, would be betraying the rest of the animals and an erroneous action given that it resembles the enemy, or Man, whereas practicing Animalism would guarantee the end of the animals’ oppression (Orwell 31). Throughout the story, however, the pigs constantly altered the Seven Commandments because if not changed otherwise, they too would be breaking the laws – this reveals the corruption and untrustworthiness behind Animalism, their version of religion. Certainly, the role of religion changed in the way that it only benefitted the pig leaders of Animalism, rather than helping all the members of Animal

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