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Animal Farm Essay

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Animal Farm Essay Animal Farm by George Orwell is widely known as a novel that holds many parables to modern society. Whilst it is often interpreted as an allegory to the Russian Revolution, its application may be broadened to include other examples of totalitarianism. George Orwell uses his novel to illustrate the corruptive nature of absolute power, and the hold it is allowed to gain through the use of propaganda, fear and the distortion of language. Throughout the novella, poems, chants and songs are used as propaganda. These pieces serve as an aid to social control. Just like successful propaganda departments in communist countries support the leader's image and lie in order to do so, Squealer takes on the same role in Animal Farm. ...read more.

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that honors Napoleon and highlights the loyalty to the farm instead of the wish of a free state that was the songs original meaning. Another way in which the faithfulness to the farm is reinforced is the use of fear. The "secret police" are often employed exercising fraudulent total authority similar to the KGB during the Russian Revolution. These "police" use fear by means of enforcing support of the corrupt leader. Akin to them, the Dogs in Animal Farm use fear as a method to coerce the animals to work. "...there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn. ...read more.

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This revised version defeats the whole purpose of the word "equal" as it is not possible to be "more equal." In the end this directive becomes a way to maintain a dictatorship instead of upholding Old Major's principle of peace and amity. George Orwell's Animal Farm has become a classic of political literature. It is a fable that shows how unrestrained power can easily lead to total dictatorship. Written in an easy to read style, this simple story is as timely today as when it was written fifty years ago at the beginning of the Cold War. The moral of the story is that power can corrupt, and that if people, like animals, want to keep their freedom, they cannot blindly obey their rulers. ...read more.

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