Animal Farm Essay

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Animal Farm (Book Report) Animal Farm is George Orwell's satire on equality, where all animals live free from their human masters' tyranny. Inspired to rebel by Major, animals on Mr. Jones' Manor Farm revolt to achieve their idea of an idealistic state of justice. On the other hand, Napoleon becomes a totalitarian dictator who leads the Animal Farm into oppression and destruction. It is mentioned several times in the story that the actual setting of the story takes place on a farm in England. However, George Orwell also made it clear to his audience that the setting of Animal Farm is a dystopia, which is an imagined world that is far worse than our own, as opposed to a utopia (an ideal place or state). Two of the most significant themes in Animal Farm include greed and power corruption. When one has too much power that is not used wisely, chaos and corruption will occur. For instance, in the story Napoleon gains all the power which results in the destruction of the farm by gradually compelling the animals into acting like humans which were once their enemies. Animal Farm is an allegory, which is a story in which concrete and specific characters and situations stand for other characters and situations so as to make a point about them. The main action of Animal Farm stands for the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the early years of the Soviet Union. Manor Farm is allegorical of Russia, and the farmer Mr. Jones is the Russian Czar. Old Major stands for either Karl Marx or Vladimir Lenin, and the pig named Snowball represents the intellectual revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Napoleon stands for Stalin, and Boxer stands for the working class. In the story, George Orwell uses farm animals to portray people of power and the common people during the Russian Revolution. For instance, Mr. Jones represents the last Tsar of Russia, Napoleon represents Joseph Stalin, and most

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