Osornio 1 Johnny Osornio 2/24/09 Robe-Dawg Per. 3 Animal Farm Compare and Contrast In George Orwell’s illustrious novel Animal Farm, he writes about an animal society that plots to over throw the human race. In the story, the leaders of their communist like society, abuse their authority and in their end the pigs fall from power and ends with a devastating effect. This aspect of the story symbolizes human violence in the today’s culture.
In the book the different animal species get separated into social groups according to their intelligence and education. For example in the book the leader of the rebellion are the pigs while the chickens get treated like slaves to the rest. One lesson that is taught in Animal Farm that how the Pigs abused their power to be controlling over the other animals. Throughout the book the pigs became used their smarts to manipulate the others to get to the top. This was greatly expressed through the eyes of two major characters, Snowball and Napolean.
When Old Major dies, the pigs, seized power as nobles in comparison, and placed every animal on the farm into unfair social classes. Also in the book they follow they’re social class orders according to the Seven Commandments written by Snowball. This was their set of laws that were forced upon the animals of the farm. One of the laws said was, “four legs good, two legs bad. ” (p. 51) This line from the Seven Commandments instances the books many examples of propagandizing, which Orwell uses to point out the way the pigs abuse their power over Osornio 2 he others. For example towards the end of the book it all changes into one law, and that was, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. ”(p. 133) This quote is obviously ironic because the makers of these set of laws were the pigs, and they pushed it against the others animals. They wrote this law because they thought they were superior to the other animals. This shows a lesson to people and it shows that one should not abuse their power if put in a powerful position.
The situations in this novel can easily be compared to human events in real life. For example throughout the entire story the pigs are in charge of everyone and treat the other animals with very little respect. They got the other animal’s trust this way because Old Major, who was one of the most majestic and wisest of the pigs, used a method of reaching to the animals’ emotions by telling them they are mistreated badly by humans and they needed to rebel and they all live short lives and they should live it freely.
His character reflects the actions of Adolf Hitler. During WWII Adolf Hitler became famous for revolutionary speeches of the people of Germany . During that time period Germany was at siege with many different countries world wide. His actions were similar to Old Majors because he reached out to the poor people of Germany and stirred up their emotions of change in the country. He soon became a hated dictator and lost the trust of his people toward the end of his pontiff.
In the story every species on the farm became separated into social classes the pigs were the nobles and royals, the dogs were the guards or the police officers, and the chickens and sheep were the peasants. This particular aspect of the characters symbolizes the gap between the rich and the poor in the modern world. Animal Farm is very comparable to the acts of segregation in the early 1900’s towards Osornio 3 African Americans. It can also be related to imperialism during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Imperialism was the act of a more powerful country controlling the lesser and less educated people of poorer countries for their resources. For example the occupation of the British in India in the early 20th century in which they used the Indian population for work force because of their ever growing population. The lessons in the book can easily be continued today because injustice and inequality is constantly shown in today’s culture, but it shows that a great power will not last if it abuses it authority and if it does not respect its subjects.