Essay on The Contemporary Relevance of "Animal Farm"

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George Orwell wrote a unique story in 1945 to criticize the political system of that time. He uses animal characters to tell his story. The novel effectively portrays how animals rebel human leadership with the intent to rule themselves. Some animals pursue the rebellion because they believe they are going to be free at last. However, as events turn out, they end up in more oppression by one of their kind. The animals end up in disappointment and slavery. Orwell brings out the political theme carefully. In my opinion, Orwell’s story has relevance to the political and economical system in the developing world today.
Orwell’s piece is relevant, in comparison to current happenings in the world. Although written in parallelism to the Russian
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Oppression remained the order of the day.
As seen in most of the developing nations, the people who took up the leadership from the colonial leaders, turned out to be dictators. They dictate their fellow fellow citizens in a system claimed to be democratic. Driven by the greed for more power, they manipulate the constitution and policies for their own benefit. They exploit the citizens and the situation only gets worse. These leaders reflect the pigs Orwell described in his story. The pigs assumed power after the revolution, but the greed for more power, drove them to manipulate the rules of animalism, to favor them.
According to the United Nations Publications, the developing world has distinct social classes. There is a big difference between the rich and the poor (17-35). The rich amass wealth for themselves, whereas the poor live far below the poverty line. The poor lack access to basic needs. According to Gordon, the poor live in extreme poverty, hunger, lack of basic health care but claim to be living in a democratic nation (10). Orwell portrays this exact case in his story. The pigs belong to a social class that has privileges, while the other animals work hard but do not get enough food. The pigs fatten, when the other animals live in hunger.
The rich class in the developing world has access to a quality life, quality education, and security. There are schools distinct for the rich, and the poor cannot afford such schools. The rich have

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