ANIMAL FARM by George Orwel

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Sara R. Fletcher



Professor: Mr. Marano

ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

George Orwell's novel Animal Farm does an excellent job of drawing

parallels from the situation leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Animal Farm is a satire that uses its characters to symbolize leaders of

the Russian Revolution. The animals of "Manor Farm", the setting of this

novel, which symbolizes Russia, overthrow their human master after years of

mistreatment. Led by the pigs, the farm animals continue to do their work,

only with more pride, knowing that they are working for themselves, as

opposed to working for their human master, Farmer Jones. Slowly over time

the pigs gain power and take advantage of the other animals. They gain so

much power that they become just as power hungry and corrupt as their human

master. The theme in the novel being that in every society there are

leaders who will, if given the chance, likely abuse their position.

Old Major is a prize white boar who helps point out to the animals that no animal in England is free. He continues to tell the animals that the their

labor is stolen by man, who benefits alone. The animals in return get near

nothing, just enough to keep them away from starvation. Old Major gave

many speeches to the farm animals about hope and the future. He is the

main animal who got the rebellion started even though he died before it

actually began. Old Major's role compares to Lenin and Marx whose ideas

would spark the communist revolution. Lenin became the leader and teacher

of the working class in Russia, and their determination to struggle against

capitalism. Like Old Major, Lenin and Marx wrote essays and gave speeches

to the working class poor. The working class in...