The Importance Of Animalism In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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“Like animals to the slaughter”. This phrase has been used frequently since biblical times. It describes an unconcerned manner, or to be unaware of an impending catastrophe. Perhaps there is an intentional relation to George Orwell’s Animal Farm? This disastrous fairy tale describes a post-human farm run entirely by its own animals, mainly the pigs on the farm. The pigs eventually became tyrants, just as terrible and totalitarian as the humans that they chased out. Due to the lack of instruction of the animals on how to use their strength and cognitive ability, the lack of confidence, and their hesitation to contradict the pigs they were easily taken advantage of, and this could happen again because of their tractability.

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Old Major’s idea of animalism was similar to communism, and likewise promised a haven where every animal was equal, and no repression in sight. These ideas were soon corrupted when the people and animals realized that they needed leaders. But these new leaders didn’t lead, they dominated.The pigs of Animal Farm come into power after revealing that they “have been teaching themselves to read and write from an old spelling book which had belonged to Jones’ children, and which had been thrown upon the rubbish heap”(23, 2). This created a divide in the intelligence and skill sets between the other animals and pigs. In both Russia and it’s fictional allegory the leaders were put into power by individuals who believed that they weren’t as intelligent …show more content…
When Squealer was trying to convince the farm that Snowball had been a traitor all along, Boxer was recalling the actual events at first. Then, Squealer became more persuasive and forceful with his words, and Boxer finally concurred that “if Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right”(82, 7). He doesn’t question any further after then. He certainly has complete faith in the pigs, that he is at fault, and they have no hidden intention. Afterwords, a slaughter of many animals occurred because they and others believed that they had conspired with the “evil” Snowball. “They (the animals) did not know what was more shocking- the treachery of the animals who had leagued themselves with Snowball, or the cruel retribution that they had just witnessed”(85, 7). They don’t even question the brutal killing of upwards of a dozen comrades by the pigs’ order. They question the ethics of themselves. Boxer says: ”I do not understand it. I would have not believed that such things could happen on our farm. It must be due to some fault in ourselves. The solution, as I see it, is to work harder”(85, 7). The animals are simply creatures who do not possess the ability or desire to defend their memory and beliefs, and for this and many other reasons, they will often or always be controlled by a higher

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