• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Animal Farm" is often read as a critique against Soviet communism, which it is and was clearly meant to be. But it is much more general than that. It is a warning that all who desire to be political leaders are suspect. George Orwell.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Well first for some delightful information about the book, and the author. "Animal Farm" is often read as a critique against Soviet communism, which it is and was clearly meant to be. But it is much more general than that. It is a warning that all who desire to be political leaders are suspect. George Orwell, after all, is the man who said, "That rifle on the wall of the laborer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there!" Some--probably most--events in the book are clearly taken from the Russian experience. The animals all address themselves as "comrade", for example. And the fight between Napoleon and Snowball seems a near parallel to that between Stalin and Trotsky. But others seem to be taken directly from the American experience. The animals are Irish and English, kicking out their English overlord. ...read more.

Middle

Someday comrades, he says, there will be a rebellion and the animals will take over. Old Major dies shortly after the meeting. Three of the pigs, Snowball, Napolion and Squealer develops Majors teachings even further and calls the ideology Animalism. The three of them manages to make all the animals at the farm, believe in, and fight for, their ideas. The rebellion comes sooner then anyone could've imagined. The animals are left to starve, and when they finally help them selves to some food, their crapulous owner, Mr Jones, and his men, furiously crack their whips upon them. Overtaken by rage, the hungry animals chase their tormentors off the property. Suddenly they have the farm to them selves and they almost immediately rename it, from that day on, it's to be called Animalfarm. A new era begins, where all animals are equal, though the pigs have some privileges, since they consider them selves to be the hardest working animals. ...read more.

Conclusion

Napoleon has a great deal in common with Stalin. If you know the history of Russia and think hard enough you could probably find an equivalent to most of the characters and events in the novel. "Animalfarm" is definitely worth reading. Though it may seem as if you have to know the Russian History in order to get something out of this book, that is definitely not the case. The message is crystal clear even without that knowledge. After all, Russia isn't the only country where a good idea has been abused and used for evil purposes. George Orwell wrote Animal Farm to inform the public of the potential corruption of communism and the totalitarian state of government. The book is an incredible extended metaphor that will inform you of your most important asset, your freedom. Although 'Animal Farm' is only 10 Chapters in length, it is extremely thought-provoking with the meaning behind the story. Its appeal is that it passes comment on various Communist and Rascist regimes which were particularly prevalent in the 20th Century, but it also gives an insight into human behavior. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Animal Farm section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Animal Farm essays

  1. Summarization of animal farm chapters 1-10

    Napoleon ends his speech with 'Long Live Animal Farm'. After the singing of the 'Beasts of England', the animals disperse and begin to grumble about Napoleon's new policy. As usual, Squealer, the propagandist, assures the animals that the resolution against engaging in trade had never been official. Every Monday, Mr.

  2. Compare and contrast the themes of revolution in Animal Farm by George Orwell and ...

    The authors both show us that ambition, greed and selfishness will achieve nothing. Both of these characters do vary in a way but are very similar as both the authors portray them in the same way. The difference in their character was that Monseignuer had no feeling and he even killed a bay and did not care.

  1. The main elements of Napoleon's character.

    There is something depressing about this for the reader --- and even more so when we see that it is related to one of the book's main "messages". Boxer has all the positive attributes of a good leader --- except for one.

  2. Animal Farm.

    a small scale, reducing the vast and complex history of the Russian Revolution to a short work describing talking animals on a single farm, Orwell is able to portray his subject in extremely simple symbolic terms, presenting the moral lessons of the story with maximum clarity, objectivity, concision, and force.

  1. Animal Farm Critical - George Orwell has written his novel 'Animal Farm' on three ...

    It is clear from this to the reader that the rations are being reduced, but to some of the less bright animals 'readjustments' could be anything. When twisting the truth cannot work, Squealer persuades the animals that what they remember never actually happened.

  2. Although Animal Farm is often seen only as an allegory of the Russian Revolution, ...

    in those days, during the traumatic Russian Revolution and maybe make comparisons with modern equivalents. This can prove quite successful since Orwell has used characters that are fairly simple and quite easy to compare with according to their character and processes of manipulation.

  1. Symbolism and the underlying political message. A comparison of two 20th century novels: "Animal ...

    Some people said that Golding wanted to show what happens when there is not enough law and order. But Golding himself said that he deliberately made the boys too young to have sex as an issue and chose not to make their problems with survival the main message.

  2. The parallels between Animal Farm and soviet history.

    In the prologue to Animal Farm George Orwell puts in writing: "Although various episodes are taken from the actual history of the Russian Revolution, they are dealt with schematically and their chronological order is changed." As there are countless similarities a few significant ones are: "the human beings are the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work