Lack of Education and the Rise of Class Stratification: Boxer, Napoleon, and the Fate of Animal Farm

The first president of the United States, George Washington, famously stated, “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter” (Washington). Often an uneducated working class is exploited for labour by the higher intellectual class. This type of exploitation is evident in the novel … Read moreLack of Education and the Rise of Class Stratification: Boxer, Napoleon, and the Fate of Animal Farm

Power and Corruption: A Comparison of Animal Farm and Divergent

“All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is echoed throughout the texts ‘Animal Farm’ (George Orwell, 1945) and Divergent (Neil Burger, 2014). Both texts demonstrate that the struggle for power is deep rooted in corruption and prove this by portraying that power cannot be attained without it. Furthermore, once a taste of … Read morePower and Corruption: A Comparison of Animal Farm and Divergent

Moses the Raven: The “Church” of Animal Farm

Animal Farm is an allegorical novel written by George Orwell based upon the historical events of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The short tale revolves around an overworked group of farm animals that rebel against their owners in an attempt to create a utopian state. Above the quarrelling and altercations of the embittered animals is situated … Read moreMoses the Raven: The “Church” of Animal Farm

Comparison of Values: Animal Farm and V for Vendetta

George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ is an allegorical fairy tale which is profound in its condemnations of totalitarian regimes. The novel explores the concepts of propaganda, totalitarianism and tyranny impacting on the oppressed society with the use of animal characters to expose the evils of exploitation. Similar to ‘Animal Farm’, ‘V for Vendetta’ directed by James … Read moreComparison of Values: Animal Farm and V for Vendetta

Character Textual Response – Benjamin

In the allegorical novel Animal Farm, George Orwell uses animals to represent humans or groups in Stalin’s Russian Revolution. A character who is integral to the development of the storyline is Benjamin, an aged donkey. It is unclear which group or person in Stalin’s Revolution Benjamin represents. However, one theory is that Benjamin is used … Read moreCharacter Textual Response – Benjamin

Consent to Destruction: the Phases of Fraternity and Separation in Animal Farm

Within George Orwell’s simple allegory Animal Farm lie lessons about the complex bonds between leadership, fraternity, and self-agency. The animals are at first subjugated by humans in a communal voiceless suffering, but Old Major inspires them to mobilize their powerful fraternity for their own good. However, the readers cringe as the originally successful revolution becomes … Read moreConsent to Destruction: the Phases of Fraternity and Separation in Animal Farm

The Use of Language in 1984 and Animal Farm

The evolutionary aspect of the human race which sets it apart, in knowledge and complexity, from the rest of the animal kingdom, is its ability to express ideas through language. Arguably, our ability to manipulate language in order to negotiate, disseminate and create ideas, has allowed the human race to survive and prosper more than … Read moreThe Use of Language in 1984 and Animal Farm