The Strengths Of Characters In Animal Farm, By George Orwell

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When one brings up a “classic” novel, no word better fits that theme than Animal Farm, by George Orwell. A must read, Animal Farm is a tale of rebellion, heroism, and betrayal. There are many aspects of the book that make it so enjoyable. One of the greatest reads of its time, Animal Farm entices readers with its characters,setting, plot, and the its use of poetic devices.

The characters of Animal Farm are part of what makes the story as intriguing as it is. Watching each character go through their ever-changing lives. Each separate character had their own strengths and weaknesses that balanced out the strengths and weaknesses of others. For example, the pigs were all known for their cunning. The grandfather figure on the farm before the
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The old purebred pig, Old Major, brings up the low quality of life on the farm. Being the wise grandfather figure of the farm, the other animals take what he says to heart. The fact that animals go to the farm, work non stop all day, and continue this process until they die, contained much truth. Major assured the animals on the farm that there would be a rebellion; perhaps not soon, but one day there would be equality. Animals would no longer be treated as slaves. “Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings? Only get rid of Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own. Almost overnight we could become rich and free. What then must we do? Why, work night and day, body and soul, for the overthrow of the human race! That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion! I do not know when that Rebellion will come, it might be in a week or in a hundred years, but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done. Fix your eyes on that, comrades, throughout the short remainder of your lives!”(Orwell). The animals heed the warning of Old Major, and very briefly after his death, a rebellion is sparked. To the tune of their rallying song, Beasts of England, Mr. Jones is kicked off of his own farm. Two of the smartest pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, take control and lead the animals. Working together, they create commandments for all the animals on the farm to follow. A schedule of work is created, and food is split evenly. Truly at this time, as the seventh commandment stated “all animals are equal”(Orwell). However, power got into the head of Napoleon. Instead of splitting leadership with Snowball, he framed him of being in allegiance with the humans. With the help of his nine vicious dogs, Snowball was chased off the farm. With the balance of leadership gone, equality between animals begin to shrivel.

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