Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9
  10. 10
    10
  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Document length: 2759 words

Why Did George Orwell Write Animal Farm?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why Did George Orwell Write Animal Farm? Before I can answer the question - 'Why did George Orwell write animal farm,' I must explain some of the history from the time George Orwell lived in. The novel - 'Animal Farm' is based upon reality. Although there is no actual reference, it is easy to see that the book is based upon the Russian Revolution. The story of the Russian Revolution is told as an animal fable. There are several different reasons why George Orwell has chosen to write the book in this way. Here I will outline three of the main reasons. The first reason is to simplify human behaviour and events, which can become complicated when told as reality. The second reason is to allow us, the reader, to stand back from the story, and understand easier, the actions of the animals. The third and final reason that I am going to outline is to express that although the animal world is unlike our world, it is also very much the same. This statement may be seen as a contradiction, but if you look into the story in more depth, you can see that the behaviour of the animals, especially the pigs, is similar to that of the human race. By describing the Russian Revolution as an animal fable, George Orwell is able to demonstrate how changes that seem good at first, can also turn bad. The novel - 'Animal Farm' shows these changes, when the animals decide to dismiss their current leader, Mr Jones, and run the farm by themselves. ...read more.

Middle

All the animals try to think of ways to capture snowball, should he return to the farm. These thoughts show that the animal's trust that was once in Snowball has now gone. From now on, we can see the animals starting to suffer. One of the main reasons is hunger - "starvation seemed to stare them in the face." The pigs are very careful though, not to let humans know that there is a food shortage on the farm, and when Mr Whymper is on one of his routine visits, Napoleon orders the food bins to be filled just below the brim with sand, then topped with grain. Whymper now believed that there was no food shortage, and reported this around the village. The pigs had also now, suddenly taken up residence in the farmhouse. It became known that the pigs ate in the kitchen, and slept in the beds. The pigs seemed to recall one of the commandments - "No animal shall sleep in a bed." When Muriel was fetched to read out the commandment to the rest of the animals, she read - "No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets." Clover was suspicious of this commandment, as she was sure that there wasn't originally any mention of sheets. Squealer soon settled everything, by saying the pigs were merely sleeping in the beds, and were not actually sleeping with sheets, so this was acceptable. The pigs were said to be sleeping between blankets. The animals were forced to accept this when they were told that if the pigs didn't get the rest they required, then Mr Jones would come back. ...read more.

Conclusion

The days of Mr Jones are recalled, when he used to carry the whip. Then the sheep burst into their new song, which had been taught by Squealer, of "four legs good, two legs better." This is a much-changed version of the previously sung song, which was "four legs good, two legs bad." The wall upon which the seven commandments had been wrote had again changed. Instead of having the seven commandments, there was only one commandment, wrote in white paint on the wall. It read "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." This is a contradiction because you cannot have one thing more equal than another thing. The real meaning is that the pigs are more important than the rest of the animals. When the animals look into the farmhouse, they glance from pig to man, from man to pig, then from pig to man again, but "it was impossible to say which was which." The pigs had become almost human, both in behavioural terms and in appearance. So why did George Orwell write 'Animal Farm?' One of the main reasons is to pass a message to the reader. Do not trust your leaders. What may seem good can be corrupt. He saying that if you give a person power, that person will always want more and more power - Power corrupts. When the pigs were seen as animals, they could be trusted, but looked at as humans, they cannot. Human nature is such that we cannot be trusted. Animal farm can be seen as a question of 'what kind of a future society do we want?' this is what George Orwell was trying to express when he wrote animal farm. John Keymer ...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. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Comparison of Orwell's Original Novel with the animated ...

    This tells the readers that Old Major is wise and powerful amongst the animals, and unlike Mr Jones he does it through gaining respect through his qualities instead of enforcing his ideals through violence. In chapter one, Orwell describes Old Majors appearance as King like which highlights Old Majors high status upon the farm.

  2. Animal Farm.

    the intelligentsia and an inability to recognize even the most blatant forms of political corruption. Exploited by the pigs as much or more than he had been by Mr. Jones, Boxer represents all of the invisible labor that undergirds the political drama being carried out by the elites.

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Animal Farm - Snowball's Diary

    4 star(s)

    had respect for me because some of them asked questions like 'When will the windmill be ready?' and 'Will we still have to work?' We had to work together to bring in the harvest and to feed ourselves. Every animal worked together as a team except our so-called comrade Napoleon

  2. 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell. Choose one animal from the story, speaking as ...

    His eyes were glazed and his sides matted with sweat. A thin stream of blood had trickled out of his mouth. He spoke in a very weak voice. He said it was his lung, but that it does not matter, as he believes we could finish the windmill without him.

  1. Animal Farm - How does Orwell show the commandments being changed and broken during ...

    Squealer who is cleverer than some of the animals knew some of the animals couldn't read and used this against them and then he said that if the pigs

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

    When Squealer adjusts the Commandments to suit the pigs, he is able to persuade the animals that they simply learned them wrongly: "You did not suppose, surely, that there was ever a ruling against beds? The rule was against sheets!"

  1. The main elements of Napoleon's character.

    It is the same with physical pleasure --- he produces thirty-one young pigs. 4 Self-importance Napoleon feels superior to every other creature on the farm. (He is, after all, the only Berkshire boar.) He feels the leadership is his natural position.

  2. Summarization of animal farm chapters 1-10

    Snowball dashed for Jones, who fires his gun. Snowball is injured, and a sheep is killed. Snowball retaliates and hurls Jones into a pile of dung. The panic-stricken men are kicked, bitten, and trampled. All the men fled except the stable boy, who has been accidentally injured by Boxer.

  • Over 180,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work

Marked by a teacher

This essay has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the essay.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the essay page.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review under the essay preview on this page.