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Date: 05/12/12 Period: 1
Literary Analysis Animal Farm
Symbolism’s in Animal Farm
The characters and events that George Orwell put in his novel, Animal Farm, can be incorporated to the similar events and people affiliated with the Russian Revolution. People like Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky can be analyzed and exemplified by the two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, in Orwell’s Animal Farm. By authoring this novel, Orwell aimed to expose the truth behind the totalitarian-type government in Russia at that time. However, he did this in a strategic way by using animals to signify the different people that played a role in the Revolution.
The book commenced with Old Major, Mr. Jones’s prized boar, telling all the other barn animals of a dream he had. He tells the animals of a rebellion that will happen, he is not sure when but it will happen. With this in mind, the barn animals realize that they can never truly be free under the human’s control. The animals decide to put the rebellion into effect, and actually take over Manor Farm (also known as Animal Farm). Soon after they take over the farm, the animals create a system called Animalism. Animalism is based on the fact that all animals are equal and that all humans, and things associated with humans, are a threat to them, as they say man is their enemy. However, this all changes when Snowball is driven out by Napoleon. Snowball and Napoleon represent the two struggling leaders in Russia, Trotsky and Stalin. Snowball is an intelligent pig, who dreams of a better life for all the animals and thinks of them as equals. However (like Stalin did to Trotsky), Napoleon banished Snowball and repeatedly filled the other animals’ heads with nonsense about Snowball being a traitor and lies about him being a horrible influence on the animals.
Napoleon then takes advantage of his power, and turns the farm into a totalitarian-type government. He begins changing around the 7 commandments...