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

The Russian Revolution and Animal Farm

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The comparison of characters, items, and events compared between Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution is shown greatly through Orwell's unique use of symbolism and contrast. Orwell expressed his concern that Socialism had taken a harsh fall under the control of Russia's dominating government of communism; this is what inspired him to write Animal Farm. The term Animalism is introduced to readers for the very first time in this novel and is used to describe the movement in which the animals are working toward. Because the animals are poorly fed and over worked, a demand for revolution from the animals begins when their lifestyle is rapidly transformed into a means of slavery. Mr. Jones, the owner of Manor Farm, is constantly drunk and regularly forgets to take proper care of the animals. The withholding of food is what finally forced the animals on the farm to rebel. In Russia, there were many food shortages which caused many civilians to demonstrate rebellion. When soldiers were ordered to suppress them, things got out of control. Soviet workers and soldiers formed a special group and established a government. It is clearly shown in Animal Farm that if a population is suppressed and not allowed to accumulate things for themselves then an overthrow of the government that is suppressing them will be the result. This "Animalist" movement is lead by Old Major. ...read more.

Middle

After the revolution, she was never around when there was work to be done. Eventually it is discovered that she has many rendezvous with a man that pays attention to her. She eventually leaves the farm to work as a carriage horse. By doing this, she is granted the individuality and freedom she wanted. Mollie represents the people of Russia that were vain. These people were apathetic to the revolution in Russia and were only worried about themselves. These people eventually fled to other more prosperous countries to fulfill their selfish needs. In contrast to the vain people, there were loyal, more gullible people that were fooled into thinking that Stalin was good just because he was "Communist." Even after Stalin revealed himself to be a ruthless tyrant, these people continued to support his regime. Boxer, a loyal, hardworking horse, exerted himself to the fullest under Napoleon's rule. He woke earlier than all the animals to do extra work and if anything were to go wrong, he would say to himself: "I must work harder." Later in the book he assumes another motto to explain the tyranny of Napoleon with: "Napoleon is always right." This foolishness eventually runs Boxer out of strength and he collapses. The conniving Napoleon offers to help by arranging a visit to a veterinarian and it is then that Boxer's friend, Benjamin, a wise donkey, discovers that Boxer is not sent to a doctor but to a butcher. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is ironic that the downfall of the windmill the animals tried to construct several times throughout the book can represent the downfall of the Soviet government. Orwell died long before this took place. After this happened, the communists changed the country's name to the Soviet Union, but after its collapse more recently, the country is back to Russia. In the book, the farm was titled Manor Farm and changed to Animal Farm. In the end, Napoleon converts it back to "The Manor Farm." Even after the revolution and all the changes made, the animals reverted back to the same way of life as before it all started. At the end of this novel, it is clearly seen that Animal Farm is much worse a place for the common animal then it had been previous to the revolution. The food is scarce, the leadership is harsh, and the workload is exhausting. The conditions of normal everyday life on the farm had changed for the worse. The pigs, the leaders of Manor farm, celebrate their victory in winning a position in the higher places of life while the other animals still work hard, eat little, and follow the relentless rules of their new life. However, if a population is suppressed and not allowed to speak for themselves, an overthrow of government is the result. This is how history recorded the Russian Revolution and Animal Farm brilliantly demonstrated the political aspects of the revolution through symbolism and contrast of characters, items, and events. ...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. The main elements of Napoleon's character.

    Squealer is a coward. He is "unaccountably ... absent" during the Battle of the Windmill. Like Napoleon, he uses his intelligence and his talents for his own personal gain and survival. Because of this, he quickly and cleverly attaches himself to Napoleon.

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

    the truth to try and persuade people that greed and selfishness will not bring happiness. On the other hand Jones was also very horrific; he also used the animals to make money. Jones represents the Tsar and the corrupt regime that the revolution replaces.

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Comparison of Orwell's Original Novel with the animated ...

    The cat's purpose is to show the audience the savage nature of the dogs as she gets grabbed and shaken to death leaving her limbs twisted and broken. The reason it happened is she was in the wrong place at the wrong time; she got in the way during the chickens strike.

  2. Summarization of animal farm chapters 1-10

    Napoleon is wounded in the tail. Finally, the fierce dogs force the men to take flight, but not until the animals have paid a heavy price. In spite of the losses, Napoleon orders that the animals rejoice in their victory.

  1. Animal Farm.

    The animals greet Old Major's vision with great enthusiasm. When he dies only three nights after the meeting, three younger pigs- Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer-formulate his main principles into a philosophy called Animalism. Late one night, the animals manage to defeat the farmer Mr.

  2. Animal Farm Book Report

    Napoleon had a notion that if he gets the upper hand on Snowball he will win in the end. So he has to plan his tactics that Snowball won't realise what he is doing, so he can take over the farm by himself.

  1. Animal Farm Bookreport - plot outline and its links to the Russian Revolution.

    and he will overwork his self and die, however Boxer would not listen to her. The neighbouring farmers and Mr. Jones were afraid of rebellions happening on the other farms and tried to take back Animal Farm. In a furious battle, the animals stood strong and were victorious over the

  2. 1984, and Animal Farm.

    After spending this time writing, he decided to live directly among the poor, first in London and later in Paris. In many ways he did this in order to reveal to the members of his class that such injustices existed.

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