Animal Farm

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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.