Animal Farm - George Orwell Does animal farm reflect on how the world's history moves in cycles?

Essay by nc69Junior High, 9th gradeA-, February 2004

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Animal Farm by George Orwell is a political fable about farm animals that go through a revolution, which forms into a political power struggle, dictatorship, and eventually into betrayal. This is a defined reflection of truth and reality, and how human nature eventually takes over resulting in the world's history repeating itself.

"Whatever goes upon two legs in an enemy. Whatever goes on four legs or has wings is a friend. And remember also in fighting against Man, we must not come to resemble him. Even when you have conquered him, do not adopt his vices. No animal must ever live in a house, or sleep in a bed, or drink alcohol, or smoke tobacco, or touch money, or engage in trade. All habits of man are evil. And above all, no animal must tyrannise over his own kind. Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. No animals must ever kill any other animal.

All animals are equal" from page 6, chapter 1

These are the words of Old Major and what the animals expected from the rebellion, but instead it twisted into dictatorship and betrayal. The repeating of the world's history is a known fact, with countless revolutions, such as the French and Russian revolutions, beginning as a democracy, but gradually developing into dictatorship resulting in the same cycles as seen in Animal Farm. In Animal farm's introduction it is said the book is in fact based and sequenced on the Russian Revolution. The animals overthrow Mr. Jones (who represents the Czars), but later on as Napoleon takes up the dictatorship, he adapts most of Mr. Jones principles and his harsh mistreatment to the animals. The power eventually corrupts Napoleon, making him turn on his fellow animals, eliminating his rival, Snowball through bloodshed and...