Animal Farm Research Paper

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Animal Farm Research Paper

The book Animal Farm is just one of many novels that George Orwell wrote, and it is likely to be the most controversial. It is about animals that try to defeat an unruly tyrant by the name of Mr. Jones. The overworked, mistreated animals’ goal is to bring down Jones and take over the farm for themselves. The book is actually a story based loosely on the events that happened during the Russian Revolution. Topics such as communism, propaganda, and Marxism are used in the book. Animal Farm is said to be a satire because it is an attack on the Stalinist Russia. The animals in the book all represent different people, groups, or concepts that had an active part in the Russian Revolution. In Animal Farm, the
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Mr. Jones was an irresponsible farmer. Animal Farm also proves that Jones did not even have proper living conditions for his people “The life of an animal is misery and slavery; this is the plain truth (Orwell 39).” Nicholas II could not keep a steady economy and relied on Grigory Rasputin (Nicholas II). Another quote that makes it easier to see the connection between Mr. Jones and Nicholas II is that they were both overthrown by their people. The book Animal Farm quotes “Jones was expelled and Manor Farm was theirs” (Orwell 29). This quote describes the part in the book when the animals are going through with their plan to take over the farm, and they prevail. In Russia, Czar Nicholas II was not only forced out by his own people but also executed later on (About). The two had very weak relations with their people and were poor leaders. It is easy to say now that Mr. Jones most closely represents Czar Nicholas II. They both had poor leadership qualities, usually relying on others to do their work and sought for help and guidance from the wrong people. They were both also kicked out from ruling by their own people. George Orwell did a fantastic job relating the Russian Revolution to animals and farmers. As one reads more about the Russian Revolution, concepts that Orwell used in Animal Farm become much clearer.

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