Symbolism in Animal Farm

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Symbolism in Animal Farm Animal Farm is almost a direct parallel to Russia during the time of World War I through World War II. The characters all have real life counterparts that are easily seen. The events are also all real and conveyed in the novel in an easily understood way. The novel creates a new way to look at the events that transpired during this time period and allows people to really understand what happened. In Animal Farm, George Orwell employs many symbols to convey the parallelism between the novel and World War I and World War II in Russia. The characters in Orwell’s Animal Farm represent real people that played major roles in World War I. Farmer Jones is the owner of the farm before the animal uprising. He represents …show more content…
Minimus represents artists who are used by totalitarian states for propaganda purposes” (“Animal Farm” 7). The animal massacres that begin later in the novel, brought about by Napoleon and his followers, signify the Moscow purge trials of the 1930’s. Napoleon and his crew bring in animals one by one and interrogate them about whether they are helping Snowball come into the farm at night and tear down the windmill. All those who are found guilty are murdered. The windmill construction represents Stalin’s five-year plans for industrialization. The windmill construction is constantly delayed and extended just like Stalin’s five-year plans. The plot of Animal Farm is made of many events. There is the initial rebellion of the animals against Farmer Jones. This rebellion begins the rest of the story and struggles that come along. The animals are left having to figure out how to run the farm themselves while also keeping law and order. The pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, step up as leaders and create the Seven Commandments which start out as: “1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. 2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. 3. No animal shall wear clothes. 4. No animal shall sleep in a bed. 5. No animal shall drink alcohol. 6. No animal shall kill any other animal. 7. All animals are equal” (Orwell 24). Snowball’s approach to freedom was an idea of complete equality; all the animals worked for their share of the food. Napoleon

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