Communism in Animal Farm

Essay by EssaySwap ContributorHigh School, 11th grade February 2008

download word file, 4 pages 0.0

Downloaded 10 times

Communism in Animal Farm The novel Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, is a story of rebellion and dictatorship. The book is usually referred to as an extended fable, or a story that contains a moral and has animals that function as humans. The moral of Animal Farm is that communism does not work. This book can also be described as a satire because it makes fun of a certain aspect of society, such as communism. The book itself is about an irresponsible, usually drunk, farmer named Jones and the animals on his farm. Jones's terrible treatment forced the animals on his farm, Manor Farm, to rebel and overthrow him in hope of not having to work for such a cruel tyrant. But when the pigs take it upon themselves to be the Animal Farm leaders, things start to gradually go back to the way it used to be with Jones in control.

In the end, the animals on the farm cannot tell the difference between their leaders, the pigs, and their enemies, the human beings. This book is an excellent representation of why communism does not work through use of fictional characters. Karl Marx also wrote a book, Communist Manifesto, which tries to show how communism would work. Marx's theory of the thesis, antithesis, and synthesis can be found in George Orwell's Animal Farm.

The thesis, or the old way of doing things, can be represented by the years Mr. Jones owns and operates Manor Farm. The terrible abuse and neglect of the animals on the farm is because Mr. Jones gets drunk almost everyday. He uses animals for his own success and does not even think about their well being. Jones has animals slaughtered for money, he sells the chickens' eggs, and he forgets to feed the animals...