What are the main themes that Orwell is concerned with and what techniques does he use to get his message across? Animal farm is one of George Orwell’s most widely known works of literature. The novel follows the events of a group of farm animals who overthrow their human master, and expecting then to create their own communist, self-sufficient society. In this utopia-like ambition, each is respected and can share the gains made by the whole group equally, this idea is named Animalism. Not surprisingly, the result is not at all desirable and the animals find themselves in fact worse of then before.
They go through unimaginable constant and unbearable amount of pain and suffering. Poor helpless dogs who can not survive on their own and rely on humans to allow them to live. Dogs in puppy mills are beaten. Pain purposely inflicted on them while they are weak and defenseless. Humans are their voice and at the same time humans are what is putting them through pain.
As the novel progresses there is conflict between the human impulse towards savagery, and the rules of civilization, to try and prevent it. Golding gives an image of destruction “coarse grass, torn everywhere by the upheavals of fallen trees..., behind this was the darkness of the forest”, this adds to the dark and savage side to the island. Throughout the novel Ralph tries to establish rules, moral codes of English society and he tries to protect the good of the group, while Jack and his group of “hunters” revert back to a savage state after he kills his first pig. In this fable Ralph represents order and leadership, while Jack represents savagery and the desire for power. Both Ralph and Piggy are symbols of civilization in the novel.
As the father and son begin their perilous journey they encounter many people who have lost their humanity and have succumbed to cannibalism. When the father and son encounter their first cannibal, the father notices how he looks “like an animal inside a skull looking out the eyeholes” (63). This simile compares how the cannibal is so feral and animalistic that he almost looks like a wild animal. Because the world has fallen apart and society has broken down the cannibal has reverted to his primitive instincts of survival. These instincts dictate that food is necessary for survival, and that when there is a shortage of food he must do anything in order to obtain nutrition.
From previously in the noel, we know that Curley prides himself in being “handy” with his “glove on his left hand” and that this motif of hands represents strength and power, which Lennie robs of Curley of by beating him, prefiguring Lennie’s demise. In 1930s America, it was a ‘dog eat dog’ world portraying the brutal fight for jobs, represented by the animalistic simile of ‘like a terrier’, where Social Darwinism and individualism were common. The nature of this society was especially dangerous for characters ostracized due to their disabilities such as Lennie or Crooks, as the brutality of this culture led to only the fittest and most intelligent surviving. This individualism is why Curley in particular was suspicious of Lennie and George’s fraternal bond, insinuating an inappropriate relationship “oh, so it’s that way”, mocking the men, portraying Curley’s disrespective nature. George and Lennie’s unusual relationship is in contrast to the superlative “guys like us… are the loneliest in the world” referring to the nomadic lifestyles,
The conflicts among the animals and the humans included the defeat of Mr. Jones the head farmer, the bombing of the main farm windmill twice, and the death of Boxer the farm’s trusty cart-horse. The conflicts in the book would be Man vs Man, and Man vs Society. Boxer could have been described as the most sympathetic character in the novel, Boxer symbolized all of the best qualities: dedication, and loyalty. However boxer suffered a major weakness a naïve trust and an inability to recognize corruption. Animal Farm proved the quote because, in order to reach their dreams and paradise, the animals had to encounter death and major destruction around them.
Through animal imagery, the big picture of the horrid lifestyle of a slave during 19th century can be seen. Not only do animals and silent women describe the people of the 19th century, but they also describe the idea of realism and naturalism. All of the slaves in the book do not know enough to do anything about their future because they are kept ignorant by the slave owners. The description of the ignorant slaves gives the reader a sense naturalism. Douglass also gives an example of naturalism while explaining how he felt about his mother dying.
The conditions were so bad many people ended up unable to work due to sickness or death from either the meat or exhaustion. Sinclair made it clear that the poor peasants were the hardest working and received nothing in return. His passion in writing is so deep for the lower class folks when he expresses the value of each individual in Jurgis’ group and their drive to keep
Squealer Manipulative Ways Animal Farm, written by George Orwell is an allegory reflecting the horrifying effects of a totalitarian government. One of Orwell’s characters, Squealer (based on Vyacheslav Molotov) is a clever and very persuasive pig. His job: to promote Napoleons personal image and later on, become his intermediary. He cunningly justifies “Comrade Napoleons” actions when the other animals begin to question his authority. He exploits the animals on Animal Farm by using erroneous information and abusing their emotions as techniques to sway them.
Some believe animals are an unintelligent species and are just savage creature trying to live in this world. In the essay written by Bass, he describes how the hunters and the animals imagine their prey’s movements. This is giving animals the intelligence to think and react to another animal’s movements. This means Bass believes animals are creatures with the ability to think. In the essay “Am I Blue?” Walker talks about how the horse is “like a crazed person.” This happened because the two horses on a farm were separated after bonding.