Orwell uses the satiric beast fable

Orwell uses the satiric beast fable - Orwell uses the...

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Orwell uses the satiric beast fable, Animal Farm , to make a distinct point about the downfalls of Russian communism. The main purpose of Animal Farm is to point out the ways in which the Soviets turned their back on their own principles. In the form of an animal fable, Animal Farm allegorizes the rise of Joseph Stalin. Animal Farm is an ingenious allegory of the creation and progression of the Russian Revolution. Orwell metaphorically uses beasts to symbolize men as savages. The correlation of man as animal allows Orwell to express his true detestation of the soviet communist. Orwell mocks Russian communism through the symbolism, in Animal Farm , of characters as political figures. SYMBOLISM OF ANIMALS Animal Farm is a fable full of meaning relating to the importance of freedom in any society. The story uses a farm and the rebellion of its mistreated animals to symbolize a much more serious issue. George Orwell expresses his own political opinions through the use symbolism. All the characters are based on an important faction of the Revolution and the main characters are all based on different important and influential historical figures. Symbolism is the most prominent device used in Animal Farm to mock Russian communism. There are many parallels that lead the reader to come to the conclusion that Orwell had a strong hatred of Russian communism. The main parallel is the striking resemblance between Russian history and Animal Farm . - 1 -
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Animal Farm is the equivalent to Russian history from the time period from 1917 to WWII (Lee 194). Orwell uses a variety of characters which are all based on stereotypes. The pigs are obviously Russians. What the pigs say and what the politicians said are cynically similar (Brander 180). The pigs symbolize politicians in a stereotypical sense. Some of them lie, cheat, and steal from the animals they are supposed to serve. Old Major was a prized-boar that belonged to Farmer Jones. Old Major is a boar to signify that radical change and revolution are boring in the eyes of the proletariat (represented by the other barnyard animals), who are more prone to worrying about work and survival in their everyday life. Old Major the eldest pig, who dies in the second chapter, is the character that inspires the rebellion (Soule 177). He has been said to either symbolize Karl Marx or Vladimir Lenin, both of whom were revolutionaries (Fitzpatrick 2). Like Old Major, Lenin and Marx wrote essays and gave speeches to the working poor class. Old Major gave many speeches to the farm animals about hope and the future. Like Old Major, Lenin and Marx wrote essays and gave speeches to the working class poor. "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he
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