Manipulation In Animal Farm Essay

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Animal Farm, written by George Orwell in 1943 is one of the greatest allegories the world has ever seen. This allegory about the Russian Revolution is delivered to the audience in a story about a diverse group of animals on a farm in England who use the words of an old pig to come up with the concept of ‘Animalism’ and rebel against their human master and begin to run the farm themselves. In the development of their supposed utopia, several problems arise and a dystopic reality sets in. by using the techniques of negative characterisation, anthropomorphism and dystopia, Orwell explores the ideas of power and control through manipulation and through this positions the audience to understand that the characteristics of greed, manipulation and violence are animalistic qualities which make us less than human.
Orwell uses the negative characterisation of Napoleon and Squealer to position the audience to see a side to these characters that the animals cannot and to show to detrimental effects of manipulation. Napoleon uses power and control over the animals through fear to get what he wants and to
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Animal Farm is an allegory for the Russian Revolution. The concept of ‘Animalism’ that had come to “Old Major” (pg. 1) in a dream is representative of Marx and Communism. Napoleon is much like Joseph Stalin. Each animal or type of animal represents a person from the events of the revolution. “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” (pg. 97), Communism is all about how everyone is equal, much like Animalism, however in both cases certain people have come out on top and made life a living hell for everyone of lower classes. Both concepts started out as utopic ideas but turned into dystopic realities for both the animals and humans. There is quite a distinct connection between the events of Stalinist Russia and during the book of Animal
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