Animal Farm: Allegory Of Stalinism



Most directly one would say that Animal Farm is an allegory of Stalinism,
growing out from the Russian Revolution in 1917. Because it is cast as an animal
fable it gives the reader/viewer, some distance from the specific political
events. The use of the fable form helps one to examine the certain elements of
human nature which can produce a Stalin and enable him to seize power. Orwell,
does however, set his fable in familiar events of current history.

Old Major, a eminent pig on the Jones farm, is regarded as the wise superior by
the other animals. He has had a strange dream and calls the other animals
together to talk about their disastrous situation. Old major declares: ”Let us
face ...

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euphoria and idealism.
No voice is raised to ask relevant question or call for a considered debate.

The appearance of rats at the meeting raises a question: ”Are rats comrades?” A
democratic vote results in a ringing ”Yes!”. And Old Major proclaims, ”No animal
must ever tyrannise over his own kind. Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are
all brothers. All animals are equal!”

It was however generally understood that the pigs were the cleverest of the
animals, so the work of organising for the Rebellion fell naturally to them.
Especially two pigs take over leadership: Napoleon and Snowball.

The pigs developed Old Major's teaching into a complete system of thought:
Animalism. Rules of equality, formality, and hard work was proclaimed and
encoded in The Seven Commandments - ”an unalterable law.” The animals enthusiasm
was expressed through a hymn, ”Beasts of England.”

The Rebellion comes sooner then it had been excpected and the successful animals
join together with a will to build ...

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