October 27, 2014
The Destruction of the Utopian Vision
“The search for Nirvana, like the search for Utopia or the end of history or the classless society, is ultimately a futile and dangerous one. It involves, if it does not necessitate, the sleep of reason. There is no escape from anxiety and struggle.” -(Christopher Hitchens) Hitchens quote relates to the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell as it represents the classless society and high class society through animals and humans, the animals struggle as they have to work hard and do as they are told by the humans or else they may face consequences. Later, a pig, Old Major has a utopian vision that he shares with the farm animals, about creating a revolution and taking over the humans on the manor farm by planning an attack and expelling the humans from their return, but then dictator ship takes over, creating a dystopia once again. So, George Orwell demonstrates the utopian vision being destroyed by animals own kind. The pigs slowly use the utopian vision to manipulate the animals into believing and doing what they say in order to gain power. The destruction of Old Majors utopian vision can be seen through these key elements of the storyline. The equality of shared wealth in the beginning as the utopian vision, the working conditions, the changes of the seven commandments and the realization of the pigs metaphorically becoming humans, Therefore, in George Orwell's classic novella Animal Farm, Old Major's utopian vision of a farm for all animals degenerated into an autocratic dictatorship.
In the beginning of the novel "Animal Farm" by George Orwell the animals lived in a dystopia with the humans ruling over them. Old Major an old pig on the farm announces an important message for the entire farm to hear. He tells the farm about a utopian vision, where all animals are equal and free, there is no tyranny or killing of animals or shackles. Old Major lays down seven...