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                                          Funny "Animal Farm"

      George Orwell must have had something for communist Russia, because before writing 1984, he wrote Animal Farm; both novels are based on the Soviet Union and its corrupt government. 
I found 1984 to be more depressing, bleak, and hopeless, but Animal
Farm
came out to be pretty entertaining with the talking animals, as humorless as the subject was.  For those
who do not understand the purpose of Orwell’s piece, Animal Farm is a big, big symbol for the communism-socialism and revolution that went on during the 1900’s, economic and political ideas gained
rapid acceptance in the socialist movement after Karl Marx death in 1883,  then Lenin died and Stalin came into
power.  This novel is an allegory, “a symbolical narrative” (Dictionary.com), where unless the root meaning of the
novel is understood, a reader would find it rather boring and uninteresting. Animal Farm begins with the animals
having a meeting after their farmer, Mr. Jones, comes home drunk.  Mr. Jones symbolizes Tzar Nicholas Romanov II,  who failed to pay attention to his Russian people and instead drank ruthlessly
and ate gluttonously.  Back at Animal Farm, or Manor Farm as it is
called at the beginning of the novel, Old Major gathers all the animals,
cattle, birds, sheep, etc., for a very deep and important meeting.  He begins to speak of “The Rebellion”,
something every farm animal dreams of, but has failed to witness.  “The Rebellion” is also a big symbol for the
Russian Revolution, when the peasants and lower class finally overthrew the
tzar and chased him out of his palace. 

 Old major, an old prize Middle White boar is, resembles  both Karl Marxs, founder of modern marksism
and the base for Communism. He is a very wonderful motivational speaker, speaking with a convincing
and victorious tone.  At the end of his
speech, all the animals burst into song, singing “Beasts of England” – their
would-be anthem.  Soon enough, Old Major
passes, and a struggle arises between two boars, Snowball and Napoleon, of who
would become the authority over the animals next.  Snowball, resembling Leon Trotsky, is “intelligent,
passionate, eloquent, and less subtle and devious than his counterpart”
(Sparknotes.com).  Napoleon, symbolizing
Joseph Stalin, is much more devious and treacherous in his tactics, and does
not allow anyone else to overpower him. 
Back at the beginning of the novel, the animals finally find themselves
upon “The Rebellion”, chasing Mr. Jones and his wife clear out of his
farm.  The animals rejoice much like the
peasants did in the early USSR,
but their joy lasts only for a short period of time.  Mr. Jones returns with a number of men by his
side, just like Tzar Nicholas did, and makes an attempt to acquire his lost
farm but to no avail.  The animals,
although bruised and wounded, chase the men out once again and write 7
Commandments to proclaim their victory, with them being:

“1. Whatever goes upon
two legs is an enemy.

2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

3. No animal shall wear clothes.

4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.

5. No animal shall drink alcohol.

6. No animal shall kill any other animal.

7. All animals are equal.” (Orwell, chapter 2)

After the “Battle of the Cowshed”, the pigs decide that the farm, now called “Animal Farm”,
should be led by one of them.  Snowball
and Napoleon rise out of the crowd and promote themselves as very capable
leaders, and do everything within their power to convince their fellow animals
this propaganda.  They argue and fight
over who has the best ideas constantly, and constantly are the animals “on the
fence” over which boar is better. 
Snowball promotes his idea of a windmill on the farm, but Napoleon is
firmly against it.  One day, Napoleon is
giving one of his usual speeches, and Snowbell interjects; with one whimper,
Napoleon calls out his guard dogs whom he has nurtured ever since their birth,
and runs Snowball clear out of town. 
This act symbolizes Stalin’s way of exiling people out of the USSR if they
stand in his path of leadership. As Napoleon took out Snowball, so did Stalin
take out the people that were of no use to him but only halted him from
proceeding with his plan.  Snowball is
never seen again, but talk about him continues..

Just like Stalin sending out his henchmen, Napoleon sends out Squealer, a pig with
an art of being able to make the other animals believe absolutely anything he
tells them.  For example, for every
atrocious act committed on Animal Farm, he blames Snowball.  Soon enough, all of the other animals begin
to believe him and Napoleon, that the white pig is responsible for deaths, for
treason by other animals, for poor harvest, everything.  Stalin was also able to convince his people
that everything terrible that was happening to them was because of someone
else, not because of him.  He started out
with the same promise that Napoleon does, that all animals (or men) are equal,
and everyone gets equal rights.  However,
by the end of the novel and by the end of the communist reign, it is apparent
to other farms and other nations that this is not so.  Bit by bit, Napoleon takes away from others
while gaining for himself.  He gradually
continues to cut down rations every few days until soon there is barely enough
anything left for the other animals.

The most frightening part of this novel is the truth of it.  All of the animals begin as equals and get
the same say in everything, except for the pigs who organize and direct the
work flow.  But just like in the communist of the USSR, the pigs lose their “equality” view and soon to see themselves higher than therest.  They make promises of a better
future, but they fail to say that it’s a better future for them alone.  They take advantage of the hard working
animals and soon there is a lower and higher class; nothing in between.  More and more the pigs begin to adapt to
human ways, ways that the swore they would never even think about.  These ways were even forbidden in the 7
Commandments, originally instilled at the beginning of “The Rebellion”, but not
surprisingly, soon abolished. At the very end, 
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and
from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which” (Orwell,
chapter 10).

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