What Do We Learn from the Novel About Life? Animal Farm George Orwell

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WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE NOVEL ABOUT LIFE? Many individuals in society use power and injustice to gain control and dominion over others. This problem can be clearly seen in George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm. Orwell conveys universal ideas such as power, social class conflicts and exploitation which reinforces the important message regarding humanity’s selfish nature. Many people abuse power and instead use it for personal benefits. Similarly in the novel Orwell uses his characters, specifically Napoleon and his fellow pigs. Napoleon is the leader of the farm which greatly increases his power and authority to gain control and rule others in an injust way, ultimately creating destruction to the animals society. Through symbolism of the windmill it illustrates how power is gain by money for commercial us against their enemy. This also alludes to the historical destruction created between Russia and the Soviet Union under Communist Party rule. Another example of power and exploitation can be seen when Napoleon takes 9 puppies away and raises them to become his potential bodyguards in order to protect his life regardless of the safety of the dog. This can be seen through visual imagery “it was noticed that they wagged their tails to him in the same way as the other dogs had been used to do to Mr. Jones.” Like how Napoleon abuses his power, many people such as dictators use their power for their own interests instead reinforcing ideas of peace. The desire within a community to have a higher social class and increased status can result in conflicts and destruction within the community. Orwell’s use of “animal farm” stands for a human society whether a capitalist or communist. It also comments on the development of class tyranny and the human tendency to maintain and re-establish class structures even in societies that allegedly stand for total equality. The
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