Animal Farm by George Orwell Essay

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Animal Farm begins as a vision of Utopia, perfect society but ends as a nightmare who is to blame for the betrayal of revolution? Animalism was, in its truest sense, a dream conjured by Old Major. He could never achieve his vision of Utopia. Throughout the satire, the pigs visibly taint Old Major's concept of equality. It is obvious to the readers from the very beginning, that the pigs would become corrupt. At the start of the satire, all the animals gather in the barn to listen to Old Major's dream, "everyone was quite ready to lose an hour's sleep in order to hear what he had to say". Old Major was a boar, and was "highly regarded" on the farm. This is the first character introduced; he is a pig and held a superior …show more content…

Napoleon and Snowball appeared to be united against Jones and his men after the rebellion, burning whips, clothing and serving a double ration of food, explaining the Seven Commandments to the animals. During the examination of Jones' home, all the animals agreed that no animal must ever live there, but this rule was eventually discarded. Although Snowball seemed to be more honest than Napoleon, this did not exclude the fact that he was a pig, he ate the milk that "disappeared" at one point of the satire. This was the first valid indication of corruption. The pigs had luxuries like milk (according to another pig, Squealer, they were the "Brain-workers" and deserved these luxuries). The pigs did not do hard labour, unlike the other animals, but directed and supervised. If the pigs were intelligent and believed in Animalism, they would have produced a timetable where few pigs could work and others could supervise. Snowball created a flag to represent Animalism, and produced ceremonies for every Sunday. He showed his loyalty to the idea of Animalism, therefore did not appear as corrupt. Meetings were held where work was "planned and resolutions were put forward and debated". Snowball and Napoleon were never in agreement, obviously their arguments would not end in peace. The sheep interrupted Snowballs' brilliant speeches by bleating,

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