Animal Farm, By George Orwell

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When Animal Farm was first published in 1945, the end of World War Two had finally drawn near and the people of Europe, North America, and other communities across the country had grown weary of the misuse of power on a global level. The rise of the Soviet Union in Russia represented a new potential threat for the countries of the Western world as the same strategies and tactics that Soviet leaders used to come into and maintain power had been seen in the early stages of countless other countries beforehand. The guise in which these Soviet leaders claimed their authority, however, was much more subtle and in the eyes of their subjects, justified, than the direct and brutal rise to power other totalitarian governments had crafted beforehand. Orwell noticed the spread of propaganda and misinformation among the people of the Soviet Union and related it in much the same way to the culture of complicity which the Nazis had fostered among their own people just a few years prior. Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, explores this sense of naiveté among the masses and attempts to characterize it through the eyes of animals rather than humans in order to give the absurdity of the phenomenon a physical representation. Through the use of both observational techniques of recognizing specific instances where naiveté was used as a tool for totalitarian government as well as argumentative tactics meant to convey the significance of this theme in the novel as a whole it is clear to see that the…

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