George Orwell's Animal Farm

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The novel takes place on a farm called "Manor Farm". In the initial stages of the book, the power over the farm is directly in the hands of a certain "Mr. Jones" who in recent times has taken up alcohol consumption. Mr.Jones is parallel to Tsar Nicholas II as suggested by his antipathy toward his people (the farm animals, in Jones' situation) and his denial of the current bureaucratic state. Before his abdication in 1917 (as is parallel to Jones' escapement from his spiteful farm of animals), the Tsar is known to have partaken in excess alcohol consumption along with his men. It was for this same reason that Jones has lost control of the farm, which initiates the ideal of revolution to the animals. Old Major stirs the other animals by showing his disagreement as per Jones' selfish method of running the farm. As quoted in the book, "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.

He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving and the rest he keeps for himself." Jones was the evil in capitalism and the animals reason for revolt. In a broader sense, he is symbolic of motive for change in any situation where that action is believed to be required.

Old Major is the elderly boar and philosophist of the farm animal population. Although only in the novel for a short period of time, his role is very significant. He was the introducer of a new set of values and the a system labeled as "Animalism". Major...