Animal Farm

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In Animal Farm, published until after World War Two in, Orwell offers a political and social proposition whose ideas can be seen in all of his work. His book, besides a satire of Stalinist Russia, intends to show that Russia was not a true democratic Socialist country. Looked at carefully, Animal Farm is a criticism of Karl Marx as well as a novel perpetuating his convictions of democratic Socialism. Orwell and Marx differed in their views on Socialism and its effects on nationalism as well as Socialism's effects on society and its leaders. Orwell shared many of Marx's viewpoints, but he did not share the same vision of a utopian future, only a worldwide revolution. In Animal farm, we can see through Orwell's social theory, which can be seen through what the animals refer to as Animalism. Many things can be analyzed in Animal farm such as Irony, corruption of power, symbolism, and Marxism.

This was Orwell's main objective, to allegorize and criticize the human frailties of any revolution.

Irony is vivid in this novel. In Animal farm there is a kind of tension between the sad story and the lucid way he tells it. It's ironic because the content of the story is deviant to the tone and mood. The nature of the content makes it very incongruent to the style. A further irony within the story, is when pig became man. At the beginning, old Major assumes man is the only enemy of the animal. He emphasizes that animals must never imitate man especially his vices. The pigs exploited the animals much more that Mr. Jones did. This irony depicts how low the pigs actually became and how Stalin made things even worse. Orwell painted a vivid picture of the evil in Stalinist and is very capable...