George Orwell wrote the novel Animal Farm. Orwell uses the genre ofallegory to illustrate his satirical views of the Russian Revolution. AsBritain and Russia were allies during the War, Orwell was forbidden tostraightforwardly express his opinion.
During the Second World War, George Orwell wrote the novel “AnimalFarm”. Orwell uses the genre of allegory to illustrate his satiricalviews of the Russian Revolution. As Britain and Russia were alliesduring the War, Orwell was forbidden to straightforwardly express hisopinion of Stalin and the Russian Regime so he uses animals as theirrepresentatives, instead.
“Animal Farm” opens with the description of Jones’s neglectfulattitude towards the farm and its inhabitants: “he was too drunk toremember to shut the pop-holes”. Jones can immediately be seen as arepresentative of Tsar Nicholas the second whose selfishness and lackof consideration towards the needs of his people led to Lenin’sRevolution.
When Old Major summons the other farm animals to the barn, he givesthem hope of a happier, more worthwhile future. His ideology is:“remove man from the scene and the root cause of hunger and overworkis abolished forever”. He then tells them they must abide by “Sevencommandments” and must refer to one another as “comrade”. The pigslater title this system “Animalism”. Old Major’s behaviour is symbolicof Lenin’s. When the Russian civilians stopped supporting TsarNicholas the second, they turned to Lenin who provided them with hope.Before Lenin died he established the USSR just as old Majorestablished “Animalism” before his death.
Orwell shows us just how callous Jones is when he doesn’t feed theanimals. The animals later break down the door …
…urveying the pigs and men through a window of thehouse: “it was impossible to say which was which”. This shows us thatthe pigs do not only copy Jones by the way they act but have alsoadopted his appearance as well. Their power has transformed them fromliberators to dictators.
George Orwell successfully shows us in “Animal Farm” that power is avery difficult thing to control. For ten years, Britain was forced toendure the Conservatives but then Tony Blair became Prime Minister. Hewas elected in to this position by promising beneficial things to thewhole of Britain. However, when he realised the extent of his power hedidn’t do half the things he promised he would. It is on very seldomoccasions that leaders do not create a dystopian environment. Even therecent expulsion of Saddam Hussein cannot guarantee that Iraq willever enjoy true democracy.