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The contrast between ‘Beasts of England’ and the reality of life under Animalism.

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The contrast between 'Beasts of England' and the reality of life under Animalism 'Beasts of England' is the song that Old Major hears in his dream and which he teaches to the rest of the animals during the fateful meeting in the barn three days before his death. It is based on the communist anthem 'Internationale' which is another similarity between animalism and communism and like the communist song 'Beasts of England' encourages revolution and stirs up the emotions of the animals. The song gives the beasts both courage and comfort on many occasions before the revolution when they were still living under the harsh rule of Mr Jones and after the revolution to spur them on to try and live up to the ideals of the song. The haughty optimism of the words "golden future time," which appear in the first and last verse, serves to keep the animals focused on the Rebellion's goals so that they will ignore the suffering along the way knowing that in the end they will be in utopia. ...read more.


The song is a dream of a world in which there would be only animals and they would all live in equality and they would all own "Riches more than mind can picture" but as happened in communist Russia and other totalitarian states the intelligentsia, in this case the pigs, become corrupt rulers who take all the riches for themselves. An example of this is when the pigs, namely Squealer, convinced the animals that the pigs needed apples and milk for themselves so that they would be able to work hard mentally otherwise the farm would fall back into the hands of the humans. This "golden future time" was not imagined to include having terrifying dogs by the pigs' sides stopping some of the animals from speaking their mind and killing others who supposedly disobeyed orders or werew supposedly treacherous purportedly working for the universal scapegoat Snowball. The animals had to live under a constant state of fear from the secret police, the dogs, which Napoleon used to stop them from rebelling. ...read more.


Squealer said that this was because the song was purely about the rebellion which had been completed and so was useless but in reality it was because Napoleon's new regime of terror was in total contrast to the principles of communism and its seven commandments. As the regime grows crueler and autocratic Napoleon increases his dealings with humans against the theme of the 'Beats of England' and the Seven Commandments which he amended to suit him. In the end the pigs are seen to be indistinguishable from the humans showing that their oppression had increased to the level of that of the humans if not greater due to their notations of elitism because they were more intelligent. This portrays the situation of that in the 1950s under Stalin when he had become more corrupt and despotic than his predecessors the Tsars. The animals were forced to believe in the lies of the pigs because of their lack of intelligence, ingenuousness and the state of terror created by the elitist pigs. They therefore forgot about the dream of a state of bliss under animalism and accepted their new way of life as better than before the rebellion without ever knowing the truth. ...read more.

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