Animal Farm Critique Essay

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In George Orwell’s novel, Animal farm, farm animals successfully overthrow the humans (the monarchy/dictatorship) to create their own democracy. The early “nation” is a fair, equal democracy. Near the end of the book, the pigs (who have replaced the humans) are corrupt, greedy, and everything opposite of equal. What happened? The animals lost their voice in the government. Thomas Jefferson’s plea that a democratic form of government needs well educated citizens is well supported by this scenario. Educated citizens are needed to have a successful democracy because they will be able to make wise decisions and participate effectively. Because a democracy’s power ultimately comes from the citizens, they need to know how to use their power and …show more content…
The animals are shocked by this announcement, because they do like the meetings. The animals do not know how to argue back though, so their limited voice has just been completely damped out. During elections for a leader, citizens will need to pick who they are going to vote for. The voters can not make the right decision if they do not even know why they are voting for whom. If the citizens of animal farm had known what napoleon was planning to do, he would not have been elected with such little resistance. Besides, in a true democracy, there is more than one candidate. The animals did not suggest another. Educate citizens are needed to participate effectively in a democracy, which would mean voting, doing their part in meetings, and in general contributing to the government. Without citizens participating, the government will not know the needs of the citizens and the citizens can be taken advantage of. When Animal Farm is first formed, the majority of the animals did not create resolutions and contribute to Sunday morning meetings. Only the pigs are smart enough to make resolutions and debate, so, naturally, they get whatever they want done, and he other animals’ needs are not met. They “understood how to vote, but could never think of any resolutions of their own.” (Orwell 48). Uneducated citizens are easily taken advantage of.

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