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Animal Farm "All revolutions are failures, but they are not the same failure," (George Orwell). Describe what led up to the rebellion and how it failed. George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) wrote Animal Farm. He was born in India, 1903, educated at Eton. After working with the imperial Police in Burma, he came to Europe to earn his living by writing novels. He was a political writer who wrote of his own times. He was also interested in war and human nature. Animal Farm was published in 1945. It is a political fable but also an allegory based on Joseph Stalin's betrayal of the Russian Revolution. It is set in a farmyard. Throughout this book, he exposed through the animals the human nature and their desires. Orwell's health was deteriorating and he died of tuberculosis in January 1950. George Orwell said 'All revolutions are failures, but they are not the same failure,' failure is an important word because it is the main theme in the book. There are many factors that led the rebellion to fail, such as, misplaced trust, power, greed, lack of education, jealousy. In this essay, I will discuss these factors and the way Orwell explores the failures of revolution, but first I will discuss why the rebellion happened because you cannot rebel without a reason. ...read more.


and his men tried to stop them but the animals chased them out of the farm, realising that the day that Old Major was talking about which allowed their freedom came soon. Mollie already broke a rule; 'she had taken a piece of blue ribbon from Mrs Jones dressing table...' Before this, everyone burned anything that reminded the animals of Mr Jones, such as, Boxer throwing away his hat and mollies ribbons. However, Mollie is against this because she is clearly seen wearing ribbons in Mrs Jones room. She is the first person to break a rule that was set by Old Major, 'no animal must ever wear clothes' and 'all acts of human is disliked' because most likely a little girl would wear ribbons. This is the first minor sign of the failure of the rebellion. Snowballs wrote out the commandments on a wall and were called 'seven commandments': - "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 bed. 5. No animal shall drink alcohol. ...read more.


Napoleon tries to expand his powers and he does succeed but he also begins to act more and more like a human being, I think that he forgot whom he is! George Orwell's message could have been that good ideas do not always work in practice. There is no such thing as utopia because every single person is somehow different from you in a different way. Animal Farm is about utopia, which the animals did not get because they had two different leaders who had different ideas. Snowball wanted utopia in a different way to Napoleons. Greed is a human nature, which can destroy a revolution for example Stalin (the Soviet Union). History can repeat itself, there have been many corrupt politicians for example Hitler, he also wanted a communist country but it failed. In the whole novel, the animals did not have any freedom during Jones time and after Jones time. The very last line in the book shows that it has taken the whole novel for the animals to realise what has actually happened, and the pigs only ever had there own interests in mind. "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig...it was impossible to tell which was which" ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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