Literary Analysis Of Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Literary Analysis of Animal Farm

A quote from Wayne Dyer, a late American author and motivational speaker, says that “[f]reedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.” This promotes the idea that ultimate freedom to control one’s life is the only way to live. One way to achieve this freedom, if not given, is to stage a revolution against authority. In Animal Farm, a novel by George Orwell, parallels are drawn between his characters and the major figures of the Communist movement. On the Manor Farm, a group of animals long for a break from the oppression of the farmer, Mr. Jones. Lead by the wise boar Old Major, the farm animals stage a revolt and overthrow all humans, taking control and renaming their land “Animal Farm.” Although at first the society free from humans seems utopian, soon a group of pigs takes harsh control of the others, manipulating them into thinking that life is still perfect. By the end, the power struggle has gone full circle; pigs and humans are no longer distinguishable. Throughout this novella, the literary elements of irony, symbolism, personification and conflict are present, which convey ideas about Communism, language, and utopian societies.
In Animal Farm, many of the characters and items are symbols, and they allude to Communism. For example, Old Major teaches the animals a song to unite them in solidarity against humans, titled “Beasts of England”. This song alludes to the…
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