Animal Farm: Symbols
Animal Farm by George Orwell is a book based off of the Russian Revolution. Orwell tells the story by placing symbolism on a farm. During the book, there is clear symbolism of the revolution within each chapter, which comes with much drama on the farm. The abuse of power on Animal Farm causes pigs stealing milk and apples, changing the commandments around, and refusing to work.
The pigs on Animal Farm take advantage of their power, and steal milk and apples. During chapter 3, it becomes evident to the animals that their harvested apples and milk have gone missing. The pigs eventually admit to the thievery, but assure the animals it is for their own good. You do not image, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfish and privilege? Many of us, actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proven by science, comrades) contains substances absolutely necessary to the well being of pigs(Orwell 35 and 36). The animals are persuaded and then, had assumes as a matter of course that these would be shared out equally; one day(Orwell 35). The small brained animals are letting the pigs take full advantage. This is just the start of the pigs taking control.
The pigs take more advantage of their power and use it to get out of work. All animals on Animal Farm have important jobs. Each animal works hard in order to make the farm fresh and properly working. But as for the pigs, did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they would assume the leadership(Orwell 27). The animals on the farm fall for the illusion of power set on the pigs. Again, the rest of the animals get fooled.
The pigs on Animal Farm, yet again take their power too far and change the farm commandments. In chapter 2, the pigs create seven commandments each animal must follow. Throughout the book, the pigs break these rules, and right before the animals catch it, the pigs assure them that the commandments are not their actions. The pigs take much power toward the end of the book, and decide to change the commandment, all animals are equal, to, All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others(Orwell 134). This change in commandment causes the pigs to gain even more power; such as, the animals are forced to step out of the way when pigs walk past, and all animals have much respect for all pigs.
In conclusion, this book tells the story of the rise of the Animal Farm, and all of its struggles. The animals fall for extreme persuasion and let the pigs steal their apples and milk, get out of working, and change commandments (without the animals knowledge). I think this book was very good and interesting.
Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York, Signet Classics, 1996.
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