Essay On Animal Farm Introduction

  • 05-24-2005, 06:07 PM#1

    Christian Ballesteros


    Animal Farm Essay

    Hey people! i wrote this essay for a "rough draft" for my english class, feel free to e-mail me with questions, concerns, and comments .<br>For you that do read this, please do not just copy and paste it, if you do rephrase some of the words, and tell me you did so. It would make me happy, that someone used my work! Christian B.<br><br> In Animal Farm, George Orwell gives a very expressive and accurate description of what happened in Russia after Czar Nicholas II was forced to surrender. The story being an allegory Orwell uses animals to represent people and events that happened in Russian from 1917-1939. Mr. Jones represents Czar Nicholas II, they both lost control over what they administered, Mr. Jones controlled Manor Farm, and Czar controlled Russia. Animal Farm as well as Russia needed new leaders; in Animal Farm the pigs were the ones to stand up; in Russia, Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky stood up. Orwell chose to represent three famous Russian leaders with three pigs--snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer--in order to show us that power can corrupt us, the story being an allegory he chose the pigs, the smartest animal on Animal Farm.<br> Since Old Major was dead and Jones was gone, the Animals, ironically, needed a leader to be in charge of the new Animal Farm, where they were all free and equal. <br>Pigs were considered the most intelligent; Snowball and Napoleon were the most distinguished among them. The pigs become corrupted by power, Napoleon wants the farm to be governed by pigs, and that they should be the only ones to have a say. On the other hand, Snowball thinks that everyone should have an opinion, and that they shall have meetings to discuss new plans with all the animals. Snowball and Napoleon constantly argued; Napoleon was already hungry for power and soon after the Rebellion, had plans of getting rid of his opponent (Snowball).<br> Trotsky and Stalin fought for power, but Stalin eventually eliminated Trotsky, having him expelled from Russia. In the same manner, Napoleon directed the dogs he had raised to attack Snowball. Thus, he had eliminated his only rival and was free to control the farm, and he has Snowball expelled for the farm. Upon the expulsion of Snowball, Napoleon’s first decision was to cancel the Sunday Morning Meetings. “They were unnecessary”, he said, and “wasted time”. In the future all questions related to the work of the farm would be settle by a special committee of the pigs. This is also very much alike the Command Economy that Stalin had made, in which the government made all economic decisions. <br> As Stalin gained more power, it was essential for him to eliminate any who might challenge him, and also to keep a bodyguard around him to prevent any harm from coming to him. He assigned a secret police to assassinate people who were against him and to keep him safe. Napoleon needed his personal army also, and this was the dogs’ actual purpose. Squealer the pig was very persuasive and “.... could turn black into white.” He communicated to all the other animals what Napoleon had said, and always convinced them that it was right. Lenin, much like Squealer made sure that everyone agreed with Stalin’s decisions, and persuaded them to think that it was always the right move. <br> Animal Farm characters have strong connections to people and things that actually existed during the Russian revolution. Orwell did a great job contrasting three famous Russian leaders, with three common farm pigs. <br><br> © Christian Ballesteros. 2003-2004

  • 10-27-2005, 08:34 PM#2

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    Thank You

    Hey, i just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
    This is really good and u have a lot of good points in here to use......
    I am doing an essay comparing Jones to Czar and it is still confusing but this helped a lot...... :-D


  • 11-29-2005, 06:34 PM#3

    Rather Bewildered


    Thank you so much for posting your essay! I couldn't see any of the connections until now. I am currently studying Animal Farn in English I, and this helped a lot. This was soo much better than the essay i wrote in class today!

  • 12-12-2005, 11:14 AM#4

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    Hey!! Your essay is really good!!
    I have an essay to do, on animal farm, and its due to wednesday...i really have no idea about what to write!! So if you can help, i'd appreciate it!!
    Here's the question:
    -->Imagine you are Benjamin and are at the end of your life after having witnessed the events described in ’’Animal Farm’’. Before you die, you regret not having used your intelligence to rebel against the pigs and deeply regret you apathetic position throughout. It is now your dying wish to both expose the corruption of the pigs to the other animals and to inspire them to rebellion in the same way that Old Major did. Write the speech that you deliver to the animals in a secret meeting that you have called. Remember to use effective rhetorical devices in the same way as the other persuasive speakers in the text have done...

    If you could reply, until tomorrow, you'd help a lot!!

  • 12-12-2005, 12:34 PM#5


    Good essay, although I don't think the Squealer=Lenin jives with historical fact. Lenin ruled the Soviet Union before Stalin, who took over when Lenin died of a stroke.

    Bob Dylan might have taken this lesson from "Animal Farm" for one of his songs:

    Don't follow leaders
    And watch the parkin' meters

  • 10-02-2006, 12:23 PM#6

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    good job keep writing like dis to help other people like me.

  • 12-25-2006, 04:33 PM#7

    Registered User


    wow this was a outstanding essay!! i just finished reading animal farm in my english class and i have to say that you made a lot of great points.

  • 12-26-2006, 11:55 PM#8

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    No offense, but this essay is poorly written. You make some excellent points, but your presentation could use a lot of work.

  • 12-27-2006, 12:07 AM#9

  • 05-15-2007, 09:32 AM#10


    Animal Farm

    HELLO EVERYONE!!!! I'm from Argentina and at school we are studying animal farm. I was wondering if any of you could help with something. i have to think about possible essay questions but i cannot really think of any
    can anybody give me hand???

    thanks a lot

    Last edited by aldana; 06-16-2007 at 09:56 PM.

  • 05-15-2007, 05:01 PM#11


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  • 05-30-2007, 11:43 PM#12

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    gr8 essay!

    i read your esay and i thought it was awesome! i also have to write an essay for an english exam on the use of simbolism in animal farm- do you think you could help me?? i'd really really appreciate it!

  • 05-31-2007, 06:08 AM#13


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    Originally Posted by prettym
    i read your esay and i thought it was awesome! i also have to write an essay for an english exam on the use of simbolism in animal farm- do you think you could help me?? i'd really really appreciate it!

  • Animal Farm George Orwell

    See also 1984 Criticism and George Orwell Criticism.

    (Pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair) English novelist, essayist, critic, journalist, and memoirist.

    The following entry presents criticism of Orwell’s short novel Animal Farm, which was published in 1945.

    Animal Farm (1945) is considered one of Orwell's most popular and enduring works. Utilizing the form of the animal fable, the short novel chronicles the story of a group of barnyard animals that revolt against their human masters in an attempt to create a utopian state. On a larger scale, commentators widely view Animal Farm as an allegory for the rise and decline of socialism in the Soviet Union and the emergence of the totalitarian regime of Joseph Stalin. Critics regard the story as an insightful and relevant exploration of human nature as well as political systems and social behavior. After its translation into Russian, it was banned by Stalin's government in all Soviet-ruled areas.

    Plot and Major Characters

    The story opens as the barnyard animals of Manor Farm discuss a revolution against their master, the tyrannical and drunken farmer Mr. Jones. Old Major, an aging boar, gives a rousing speech in the barn urging his fellow animals to get rid of Jones and rely on their own efforts to keep the farm running and profitable. Identified as the smartest animals in the group, the pigs—led by the idealistic Snowball and the ruthless Napoleon—successfully plan and lead the revolution. After Jones and his wife are forced from the farm, the animals look forward to a society where all animals are equal and live without the threat of oppression. But soon, the pigs begin to assume more power and adjust the rules to suit their own needs. They create and implement an ideological system, complete with jingoistic songs and propaganda as well as strict rules. Once partners and friends, Napoleon and Snowball disagree on several issues regarding the governing of the farm. Snowball's attempted coup is repelled by a pack of wild dogs—controlled by Napoleon—who also enforce punishment against the other animals when they oppose or question Napoleon's rule. Before long, the pigs separate themselves from the other animals on the farm and begin to indulge in excessive drinking and other decadent behavior. Under the protection of the dogs, they consolidate their iron-fisted rule and begin eliminating any animal they consider useless or a threat to their power. Animal Farm ends with the majority of the animals in the same position as in the beginning of the story: disenfranchised and oppressed under a corrupt and brutal governing system.

    Major Themes

    Critics note that like many classical animal fables, Animal Farm is an allegory—in this case, of the Russian Revolution and the rise of Stalin's tyrannical government. It is generally accepted that Orwell constructed his story to reflect this purpose: Manor Farm represents Russia; Mr. Jones is the tsar; the pigs represent the Bolsheviks, the bureaucratic power elite; Snowball is Leon Trotsky, who lost a power struggle with Stalin; Napoleon is Stalin; and Napoleon's dogs are Stalin's secret police, known as the GPU. The corruption of absolute power is a major theme in Animal Farm. As most of the animals hope to create a utopian system based on the equality of all animals, the pigs—through greed and ruthlessness—manipulate and intimidate the other animals into subservience. Critics note that Orwell was underlining a basic tenet of human nature: some will always exist who are more ambitious, ruthless, and willing to grab power than the rest of society and some within society will be willing to give up power for security and structure. In that sense Animal Farm is regarded as a cautionary tale, warning readers of the pitfalls of revolution.

    Critical Reception

    Animal Farm is regarded as a successful blend of political satire and animal fable. Completed in 1944, the book remained unpublished for more than a year because British publishing firms declined to offend the country's Soviet allies. Finally the small leftist firm of Secker & Warburg printed it, and the short novel became a critical and popular triumph. It has been translated into many languages but was banned by Soviet authorities throughout the Soviet-controlled regions of the world because of its political content. As a result of the book's resounding commercial success, Orwell was freed from financial worries for the first time in his life. A few years after its publication, it attracted critical controversy because of its popularity amongst anticommunist factions in the United States; Orwell was alarmed that these forces were using his short novel as propaganda for their political views. In the subsequent years, Animal Farm has been interpreted from feminist, Marxist, political, and psychological perspectives, and it is perceived as an important and relevant book in the post-World War II literary canon. Moreover, it is considered one of Orwell's most lasting achievements.

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