Orwell was born Eric Hugh Blair in 1903 to Richard and Mabel Blair in Motihari, Bengal. Orwell had two sisters but was never able to grow close to them as a result of his distant travels. About eight years later Orwell was shipped to England where he would begin what would become a rather promising foundation to his education. Orwell graduated from Eton at age eighteen only to be sent back to India as he acquired the job of an Imperial Police Officer. Following his five years of service Orwell moved to London by free will where he truly absorbed the world of the unequally impoverished. Grasping these sights would soon spark something in Orwell as they helped lay the foundation for his two well-known political satires “Animal Farm”, and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”. Not only bound to books, Orwell wrote an intricate essay “Politics and the English Language” depicting how manipulation can result from vague writing as he continued to branch out from his primal ideas. At the age of forty-seven unfortunately, Orwell pasted away due to an artery bursting in his lung. Luckily, his works are here to continue to entertain as well as enlighten readers. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell is a novel based on the lives of animals living on the Manor Farm. Even though the title of the book suggests the book is simply about animals, the story is a much more in depth re-creation of the workings of society in Communist Russia. The animals in the book show identical characteristics to those that were a part of the Russian Revolution. The animals of Manor Farm are unhappy, in fact, growing angry. Jones the farmer is not only a drunk, but also a terrible farmer. Led by the pigs, which are the “brain workers”, a successful revolution is carried out. They plan a future for the good of all animals, as they hope for a better life. They operate the farm themselves as they struggle through the hard times and battle to retake the farm. Later on there are political struggles between the pigs who can’t agree who should be leader as they are filling up with greed. With greed there is always downfall. The pigs seem to be changing the rules to suit themselves while having ways of frightening those who speak out, similar to that of the Russian KGB. The one pig that really had a good heart (Leon Trotsky) is run out by the power hungry pig (Stalin). The plan turns into a nightmare, as living conditions for the animals fall even worse than before. In the end the provisions from the start are broken as pig befriends man and man befriends pig turning the sole purpose of animalism into something completely different. Disturbingly, it was “impossible to say which was which”, as the differences of both pig and man were no longer present. Animal Farm’s purpose is to shed light on the Russian Revolution by sizing down the different parties and armies to a sense where their interactions are more understandable. The characters in the story are given extremely similar characteristics to those that actually took part in the Russian Revolution. The satire in Animal Farm is not direct, but allegorical because the human beings are disguised as animals. The actual “human” beings in this story symbolize the capitalist class of society, while the animals represent Communists. The Rebellion against Mr. Jones is most likely a historical portrayal of the Russian Revolution, while the sign of the hoof and horn on the flag adopted by the animals is the hammer and sickle on the Russian flag. Orwell’s “Animal Farm” can be enlightening to readers on the subject of the Russian Revolution and its ties, as it’s basically a re-enactment. This book does have great significance as it helps the average person look past the face of communism and into the horrors that it created. Orwell’s book completely covers the topic, but only
by George Orwell shows how taking responsibility for one’s education
helps to maintain freedom throughout the society.
was written during the
greatest rivalries the world has ever known. The book shows how abuse of power leads to
inequality within the citizens. In the novel there is lots of tyranny, because of the failure to
actually get education. Some of the animals feel that taking responsibility for one’s education
helps maintain freedom.
Front Page Cover: The animals take the rein in an animal farm.
The world was shocked when the story of the astonishing events that occurred in an animal farm in England were brought to light. Apparently, after much neglect and abuse, the animals had had enough and decided to overthrow its abusing owners. Last week, a group of pigs, horses, cows, chickens, dogs, and other farm animals reached their limit and while the farmers were whipping them they started fighting back until the farmers were ran…
BY GEORGE ORWELL
Eric Arthur Blair, known b
y his pen name George O
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elist and journalist. His w
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ntelligence and wit, awar
eness of social injustice,
opposition to totalitariani
sm, and commitment to
World War II and Animal
Farm was published on the heels of World War II,
in England in 1945 and in the United States in
George Orwell wrote the book during the war…
Animal Farm and The Russian Revolution: A Comparison and Discussion
Animal farm was first published on 17 August 1945, despite the book being finished nearly two years before. The book was originally published with the title Animal Farm: A Fairy Story. However A Fairy Story was removed when the book was published in the US. Later variations of the title include: A Satire and A Contemporary Satire. This is due to the obvious satirical nature of the book and the direct comparison made between it and…
Animal Farm Essay
The allegory that the story contains allows for interpretation on a number of levels. I think one
of the most important interpretations and messages of the book concerns the Russian Revolution.
Animal Farm is a sort of representation of the events in Russia beginning with the fall of the Tsar in
1917. It is mainly about Stalin’s government of the country from the 1920s to the end of the Second
World War. Orwell criticizes Stalin for his barbaric and undemocratic methods in…
I am reading George Orwell's Animal farm. The entire book stands for and represents the
russian revolution. During the russian revolution the last emperor Tsar Nicholas the second
was overthrown and Joseph Stalin rose to power. The book is a perfect portrayal of the
revolution at which these events took place. I believe that his purpose for writing this book
was to give people a different perspective on the Russian revolution and what happened.
Giving the animals qualities and characteristics that matched up with important people during…
Orwell’s goals in writing Animal Farm was to portray the Russian Revolution of 1917 as one that resulted in a government more oppressive, totalitarian, and unequal than the one it overthrew. Mr. Jones is based on Tsar Nicholas II, who was the last Russian emperor. During his rule, the Russian people experienced terrible poverty and uproar, marked by the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1905 when unarmed protesters demanding social reforms were shot down by Nicholas' army. As the animals under Mr. Jones lead…
Question-How important is knowledge of the Russian Revolution have a solid understanding of Animal Farm?
The whole point of Orwell's 'Animal Farm' is to portray by means of a fable-allegory the events leading up to and following the Russian Revolution. The story may indeed be read and understood as a simple tale, but it is meant to convey much more than that.
For a young child it is not important to understand the political significance of the story. However, for an adolescent…
Animal Farm is at first glance a fable with a goofy plot and fun animal characters but once you look deeper it shows itself as a satire on Soviet Communism. It was written by George Orwell in 1945 at the end of World War II. I chose this book as my favorite because even though I was forced to read it in school I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading it as an easier way to understand the way Communism was working in Russia and how Stalin abused his power rather than…
Animal Farm is a novel by George Orwell that strained the Bolshevik
Revolution and Soviet communism. Most places and characters in the novel have
some symbolic reference to one another. For example, I believe that Animal Farm represents
the Soviet Union. In the novel after The Rebellion, the animals rename the farm to Animal
Farm. Before the Rebellion, the original name of the farm was Manor Farm. I also believe that
the name Manor Farm represents Russia.…