Discuss how Animal Farm is an allegory that exposes the nature of all totalitarian regimes.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am leery of any inclusive statement that possesses "all" in it.  Yet, with this one, I think I am on safe ground because Orwell's target is any political order that seeks control and power more than the general welfare of the individual good of its citizens.  Much of Napoleon's leadership is representative of totalitarian regimes.  The fact that it is told in allegory form should not be seen as anything but a clear statement about the nature of politics and leaders in the modern setting.  The fact that the government of the farm says one thing and does another is representative of the totalitarian regime that is more concerned with its own consolidation of power more than anything else.  The missing milk and apples is an example of this.  The need to help the leaders of the farm think and even "suffer" for the good of the people is how Squealer constructs this reality to the animals, and is also representative of how totalitarian regimes seek to assert their own control under different guises.  At the same time, Napoleon's chokehold on power and silencing of dissent through force that is designed to be stated as for "public good," but really benefits him is another example of how totalitarian regimes function.  The reconfiguration of the Commandments of Animalism is an allegorical way to reflect this.  The ending where the pigs and humans are no different from one another is Orwell's final slap in the face of totalitarian rule that has perverted both language and authority in order to advance its own individual agenda and goals.  The fact that he was able to bring this in allegorical form actually makes the process of totalitarianism and the hopeful outrage to it more understandable.

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