Major Conflict In Animal Farm

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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his nom de plume George Orwell, was best known for his novels critiquing political affairs and provoking political discussion, like 1984 and Animal Farm. Animal Farm, an allegorical and dystopian novella, reflects on the events which preceded the Russian Revolution of 1917. Animal Farm, in the process of putting forth the sequence of events leading to the Russian Revolution, threw up several conflicts in its wake. These conflicts are essential to the story. The first major conflict of the novella is brought up by the first dialogue of the story. Major wished to communicate something to the animals of the farm. This thought was one of rebellion. Major communicates that their lives are miserable, laborious and…show more content…
During meetings discussing the rebellion, there was conflict witnessed in the minds of certain animals, who displayed loyalty to him. These animals required convincing that Jones’ removal was essential to the implementation of Animalism. Another conflict, one which is played up by the pigs to maintain control over the animals, is the conflict between Animal Farm and its neighbours. The pigs suggest that the neighbouring farms have entered an alliance against Animal Farm, the fear of an attack by these farms and Jones help the pigs maintain control over Animal Farm. A secondary conflict which arises from this is that an alliance forms between Napoleon and the humans, as the pigs continue to spread the message that Snowball is scheming and plans to destroy the farm, opposing their previous stance of minimising contact with…show more content…
Jones ignored readily available technology and made the animals work long hours and starve. Upon seizing control of the farm, Snowball suggested the construction of a windmill, which would reduce the load upon the animals and make their lives easier. Even though vehemently opposed by Napoleon at first, it was approved for construction once Snowball was banished, which leads us to the conflict between the attitudes of Napoleon, before and after Snowball’s banishment and the following of the commandments. Napoleon’s forceful takeover of the farm leads to a slow manifestation of his true beliefs in his actions. The commandments are slowly altered to suit his own needs as he slowly becomes more and more like the dreaded enemy, Man. The most damning indictment of the changes implemented by Napoleon is that Benjamin, who never used his exemplary reading skills, made an exception this time and saw that the commandments had been replaced by a single line- ‘All animals are equal but some are more equal than others’- evidence of the changes that had taken place. There is also a conflict present between appearance and reality. Throughout the book, the pigs manipulate reality and history to justify Napoleon’s rule. Squealer often convinces the animals to believe in a warped history, for example, one in which Napoleon led the animals and Snowball actually led the humans at the Battle of the Cowshed.
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