The Political Cycle Depicted In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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The novel I choose to read for this assignment was Animal Farm; by George Orwell. This novel discusses how things like greed, wealth, corrupt leaders, and shortsightedness can destroy any chance of a Utopia. These qualities are shown mostly through the pigs, as they start to take control they lose sight of the original 7 seven commandants upon which Animalism was created. As the pigs become more powerful the other animals slowly start becoming less aware of what is really taking place. The pigs are were pretty much destroying whatever shred of animalistic society they had left and replacing it with a cold hard dictatorship in which all the beliefs that made animalism were changed to the pigs advantage. And as animal farm slowly spirals downward, it is the working class animals (particularly Boxer and Clover) that suffer and soon enough become viewed as the protagonists of the novel. This is mainly because they are the animals that we can sympathize with the most, as they become helpless against Napoleon’s murderous followers. But in contrast we see Napoleon and the other pigs as the antagonists of the book, because as the story progresses you see them becoming more like the tyrannical humans they had at a time overthrown. However, they did not start out like this during the revolution, only after they had taken a position of power, were they corrupted by their thirst for more power. The main characters are: Napoleon, the pig who is recognized as the leader of animal farm, he is extremely crafty, vindictive, dictating, and proves himself to be more perfidious then his comrades. Snowball, is an intelligent, passionate pig that constantly fights Napoleon for power. He is very fanatical about the cause of Animalism and only wishes to maintain Animal farm as it was intended to be, whereas Napoleon is only interested in complete power over the other animals and material things such as whisky and clothes. Then there is Squealer, Napoleon uses him to spread his propaganda and twist the truth. Squealer is the one who justifies all that the pigs do wrong to uphold their power. And lastly is Boxer, the cart horse who is the hardest working animal on the farm, as he always puts in extra work wherever it is needed. He is a little slow witted and lacks the ability to think independently, and he lives by two mottos “I will work harder”, and “Napoleon is always right”. Napoleon uses his loyalty to his advantage always working him too hard without break, and yet Boxer never falters to believe in Napoleon’s cause.

After have read the first three chapters I think that I have an idea of what was going to happen next. Using context clues and what I think of as foreshadowing I believe that the pigs are going to manipulate the other animals to get what they want. A perfect example of them doing this is in chapter III when the cow’s milk goes missing and the freshly harvested apples have all disappeared. To...

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