Communism In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Power to the people, an idea developed by Karl Marx, which ultimately led to the fall of Communism in Russia. Synonymous to Communism, the philosophy of Animalism is envisioned in George Orwell’s allegory, Animal Farm by the wisest and oldest pig on the farm, Old Major. Outlined in his final address to the animals on the farm, the prizewinning boar explains that over his lifetime, he has come to the conclusion that man is the sole reason that animals cannot be free, happy and fulfilled and that the only solution is to adopt his idea of Animalism. When Old Major dies three days later, Napoleon emerges as the new leader after defeating his rival, Snowball, and begins to turn Old Major’s dream into a philosophy. Defined by the Seven Commandments written on the wall of the barn, Animalism preaches about equality between all animals. At …show more content…
Once they have used their education to gain power, they planned to use their superior knowledge to take advantage of and manipulate the other animals in order to assume control of the farm. For example, as years passed and the hierarchy of animals became more evident, the pigs manipulated the final commandment of Animalism in their favour, changing it to “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal to others” (Orwell, 90). Fully aware that most of the animals could not read, the pigs did so in order to allow them to be superior to and have certain luxuries and privileges that were not given to any other animal on the farm. It justified all the cruel actions of the pigs towards the animals and defeated the original purpose of Animalism, while the animals were still oblivious to this slight modification that had such a great