Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Animal Farm Essay George Gurdjieff was an influential spiritual teacher in the early twentieth century. He references in the following quote that when one is uneducated he will always remain a slave. “Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.” (Gurdjieff) This ties in with how the animals are treated in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Animal Farm is a novella about animals who take over their farm, and form a society. The animals rebel and overtake their master, Mr. Jones, forming their society based on Animalism, or the belief in equality of all animals. However a corrupt pig named Napoleon comes to power, and uses…show more content…
In today 's society many do not understand what the government is doing, therefore they decide to just accept what is going on, not knowing how they can change it. Just as how Boxer says that Napoleon is always right. Napoleon is considered always right in Boxer’s mind because Napoleon does not give the animals a chance to be right, they are always told that everything Napoleon does is for the good of the farm. This behavior from the pigs is a form of manipulation. The pigs convince the animals that they simply do not remember things as they were, for example, “Muriel… noticed that there was yet another of them which the animals had remembered wrong… there were two words they had forgotten… Actually the Commandment read: “ No animal shall drink alcohol to excess’”(Orwell 109). This slow progression of changes to the commandments ensures that things will go unnoticed. The animals are not quite smart enough to understand that they are actually correct, they believe they must remember it wrong because Napoleon says they have. This manipulation and the animals’ naivety about what is happening are two main factors that play a role in Napoleon 's success. The animals are weak because they fail to understand that things on Animal Farm are just as worse, if not worse, as they were when Mr. Jones was in charge. Today’s society is on the verge of this manipulation. Many do not care to follow the government

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