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Theme Of Ignorance In Animal Farm

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The saying "ignorance is bliss" is not always very accurate. The book Animal Farm by George Orwell is an allegory for a real historical event – the Russian Revolution. It demonstrates how people's ignorance can be the cause of their social and political oppression and how the knowledge of others' ignorance can lead to power, which ultimately corrupts those who possess it. These themes are portrayed through the characters and in real life. Social oppression is when one group of people dominate one or more groups of people and benefit from the unfairness and cruelty that is bestowed upon the subordinates (the people who are subjugated). Political oppression is similar to social oppression in the sense that it is when one group uses…show more content…
This is similar to what happens in Animal Farm when Napoleon gets rid of Snowball. Countless times, the book shows that the pigs lied and manipulated the others. They were able do this simply because the rest of the animals turned a blind eye towards the things they saw and were told. In the beginning, all the animals were so happy that they had won the rebellion and gotten rid of Mr. Jones, they did not realize that the newly communist society was slowly changing and not for the better. On page 32, it states “The reading and writing classes, however, were a great success. By the autumn almost every animal on the farm was literate in some degree. As for the pigs, they could already read and write perfectly.” As you can see, all the animals were educated – at least to some extent – but the pigs were by far the smartest. This shows that the other animals were able to at least recognize letters and words. While the animals were somewhat literate, they did not take the time to better educate themselves. This caused them to remain blind to the fact that Napoleon was slowly creating a group of sentinels and surreptitiously planning to get rid of Snowball. Napoleon took advantage of the fact that it had been decided that the pigs knew better when it came to certain things. For example, he took puppies away from their mother. He promised to educate them well. Napoleon seemed to be acting benevolent but
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