The Role Of Communism In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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“All animals are equal.” (Orwell) This statement is certainly applicable to human society, and is the basis for some peoples ideals, but in George Orwell’s Animal Farm it sums up the entire book completely in an ironic way. Communism, while innocent and appealing in thought, was proven in Russia during the 1900’s to be damaging and easily corruptible in practice. Pure communism is the sharing of wealth and abolishment of private property, where everyone works to provide for the state, and receives only enough to sustain life. Unfortunately every communist country, even if started with the intent of a pure communism, ends with a diluted system or is destroyed completely. The culture that made up communism, and even the culture that surrounded the idea of communism, have mostly changed since the time of Animal Farm’s publication. Communist culture of the time is shown in Animal Farm by its parallels to the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), its representation of communist ideals, and its reflection of views on communism at the time.
Animal Farm was written to mock the major events of the USSR’s evolution over time, which was the poster boy and leading power
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Most people would describe communism as an absence of culture, but even communism can’t remove human expression and culture. Communism enforces the law of absolute equality in everything, except when done wrong. However, there have only ever been bad examples of communism, like the USSR which Animal Farm parallels. The general beliefs of communism are laid out in Animal Farm, even though the novel is a critical observation on an example of bad communism. Finally, the feeling on communism at the time is evident in Animal Farm threw out. Animal Farm can be summarized unironically with a revised form of the animals’ most important rule, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

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