Animal Farm: A Dystopian Society

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"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others" this line embodies the story of George Orwell's Animal Farm. It is a political satire of Russia during the reign of the Bolshevik Party under Stalin. Depicted in the novel are the enduring and tireless workhorses, Boxer and Clover. The old, ill-tempered donkey, Benjamin. The fierce- looking boar, Napoleon and the quicker speaking Snowball. When the old prize winning hog talks about a revolution against the farmer, all the animals rise up together. The three smartest pigs, snowball, Squealer and Napoleon elaborated the old pig's teachings into an elaborate system, which they named Animalism. When the chance arises the animals drive out the farmer and claim the farm their own. They name their new property, Animal farm.

The animals discarded all the tools used to oppress them and celebrated their victory. When the celebration was over the animals set to work creating a new society, where all animals are equal.

The pigs taught themselves to read and write and they created seven commandments that the entire farm must abide forever. These unalterable laws are as follow:

1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.

2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

3. No animal shall wear clothes.

4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.

5. No animal shall drink alcohol.

6. No animal shall kill any other animal.

7. All animals are equal.

The very same day that the commandments were written, the corruption on Animal Farm begins. When the cows desperately needed milking, the pigs milked them and Napoleon took the milk for himself. This is the beginning of the moral decline of Napoleon. Some of the animals such as Boxer and Clover embraced the new constitution while others such...