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8 th Grade English Abdur RH ANIMAL FARM LITERARY ANALYSIS “ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.”- GEORGE ORWELL Introduction Over the course of history millions upon millions have people have been oppressed beyond imagination. And to what did they owe this oppression? Because of manipulative leaders who needed a target; leaders who knew no more than to glorify themselves. Whether it was Hitler’s infamous Holocaust that killed 11 million people, or Rafael Trujillo’s Parsley Massacre, or even modern day China that puts over 1 million people in “re-education camps”, they are all the same. The people they oppressed all wanted to be free but were instead abused by their leaders who covered themselves up with lies. Stalinist Russia was no different. After overthrowing the monarchy of Tsar Nicholas II, Russia was taken over by Vladimir Lenin and later Joseph Stalin who instilled a dictatorship worse than his former oppressors. Countless citizens were killed. George Orwell, author of Animal Farm cleverly linked his novel and the Russian Revolution with allegorical
symbolism. Ultimately, Orwell’s inclusion of the pigs’ fallacious statements- specifically plain folk, scapegoating, and simple solutions- allow for him to highlight their manipulation of the animals by instilling feelings of enmity toward humans and the pigs’ other enemies through propaganda and persuasion. Through this, Orwell makes it clear to the reader the tactics of the Russian government to keep themselves in power. Body 1 To begin, in the beginning of the novel, in Old Major’s final speech before he dies, Old Major uses simple solutions and scapegoating in order to lay the foundation of Animalism and a Rebellion which allegorically represents the introduction of Communism by Lenin into Russian society. In his speech, after emphasizing the misery of the animals on

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