Experiencing a Revolution
In George Orwell's Animal Farm the animals do indeed experience a revolution, but
not the kind most of them think. A revolution is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as,
"a substitution of a new system of government". In Animal Farm the revolution animals
face is very different then that of the original idea. The original revolution was the expectancy for the animals to be treated as equals. And it is this dream that sparked the idea of having a place where animals run the farm. It was then after the removal of Mr. Jones that Snowball and Napoleon wrote seven commandments telling of how life will be lived out. Later these commandments will be twisted by Napoleon, and as a result the pigs will become the more dominant species.
In the original agreement Snowball and Napoleon wrote out, the law helps create
peace and equality among the animals.
But the rule he forgot to write is that there should
be no leaders which rule over the animals and tell them what they must do. As soon as
the revolution started the first problem began as the problem of milk and apples. These
products could have been shared equally among the animals, yet when they return to
the farm after working, the products had all gone to the pig's food into a mixture of
apples and milk. This shows the first problem of inequality since this food is said to be
used to help the pigs "think" and they the leaders of the group deserve this brain food.
Snowball himself is shown to be a dictator because though this treatment is not fair he
does not object.
One of the major characters is Napoleon who is shown conspiring to be a dictator
since the beginning of the revolution.