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Animal Farm Essay George Orwell (Eric Blair) expressed in this novel a complete system of thought, where Major's ideals change and become yet another stage in revolutionary activity. The whole story is an allegory of the Russian Revolution, and this must of meant something to the author otherwise he wouldn't of wrote it with so much relevance. I think that he wanted to tell everyone in a subtle background way that things are better left as they are, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Old Major, an old knowledgeable boar on the farm begins by supposedly dreaming about the perfect utopia for animals, with no humans where animals are free and provide for themselves. ...read more.


They announced that the basic ideals and principles were to be written in the form of seven commandments. Gradually as time goes on the pigs and especially Napoleon as Snowball is driven out, become dictators and run the farm. The other animals on the farm being as simple as they are could not see any problems with this arrangement and believed everything that the pigs told them, which was mostly Squealer. This is already undermining and reversing the principal that 'All animals are equal'. This soon changes to, 'All animals are equal; some are more equal than others.' Two more other rules get broken on the pigs' part as the story develops: * No other animal must kill any other animal - 'Three hens had come forward and confessed that, inspired by Snowball had entered into a plot to murder Napoleon. ...read more.


In the very last chapter the pigs are seen wearing clothes and walking on their hind legs. The rest of the animals are puzzled and confused by this, and it seems like there are no pigs left on the farm just humans, as the pigs show definite human characteristics, 'Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike.' The final sentence sums up and expresses the distinct change in the pigs, '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.' The Farm has been utterly corrupted due to the pigs being in absolute control. If they all stuck to the principle that 'All animals are equal,' then I think the farm would have run smoothly. Thomas Monger 9c 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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