Animal Farm Essay

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“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” The pigs had greedily gained themselves power over the entire farm. The dreams of the original boar, Major, when he told the animals about the upcoming revolution had been warped and distorted into that of a power hungry man’s dream. "As Clover looked down the hillside her eyes filled with tears. If she could have spoken her thoughts, it would have been to say that this was not that they had aimed at when they had set themselves years ago to work for the overthrow of the human race. These scenes of terror and slaughter were not what they had looked forward to on that night when old Major first stirred them to rebellion. If she herself had had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak, as she had protected the lost brood of ducklings with her foreleg on the night of Major's speech. Instead - she did not know why - they had come to a time when no one dared to speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes." (Orwell, Animal Farm, Page 54) These words from Clover show the drastic change that had become of Animal Farm, and just how quickly dreams will go awry. Major and the entirety of Animal Farm had dreamed of a place, described above by Clover, where everyone would be equal and would help each other. Obviously this dream of theirs did not exactly come true. Not only did their dream not come true, but it had gone completely and disgustingly scary – animals were being torn to pieces, their rations were slowly diminishing far below what they ever were before the revolution, and they worked all day every day at a pace that was not according to each animal’s capacity by any means. Their dream was not a dream any more; it was a nightmare. The pigs changed the rules as different circumstances arrived. While the needs of the animals was supposed to be the main purpose of their living as the leaders of the farm, the needs of the pigs seemed to override all else. The pigs made each animal work for their food or else be subjected to a docked pay, all the while the pigs stayed in their little buildings, claiming that their work was to be the brains of the farm. Each time the pigs do something against the commandments originally given by Major, they have a pig change the writings on the wall to make sure they are found innocent when confronted by the elderly animals who question it. The pigs are never wrong. By the end of this novel, the poor animals of Animal Farm are well accustomed to the brutal ways of man - or rather - pig. The pigs have greedily stored away whatever rations they wish to save for themselves, along with the beds, the farmhouse, and anything else their little piggy hearts desire. Man is a…