Based upon Animal Farm, what deductions can a reader make about the kind ot political system of which Orwell would approve?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Based on Animal Farm, I believe Orwell is looking to see a society that doesn't allow a free-for-all system, but more importantly, not a dictatorship. Throughout the story, we see Napoleon's flaws and faults arising as a lying and cheating leader. The problem with this is that it can really happen in any society that contains a leader, even a democracy. He actually wanted to see socialism succeed, however, the problem with communism came when a leader took advantage of the people.

Based on Animal Farm, I think Orwell's biggest desire is to see a society in which a leader is seriously held accountable. Clover would have liked to do this regularly but she lacked the intelligence to do it. Benjamin had the intelligence, but not the will to act.

We need both kinds of people in a society to make a leader do what is right for the people.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that based on what was shown in Orwell's work, there would be an endorsement of a political system predicated upon freedom and individual voice.  One of the most dominant themes of the work is the result of a political order that seeks to eliminate individual voice the craving for order, symmetry and the consolidation of power.  Orwell would support a political order that seeks to broaden individual voice and ensure that there is more opportunity for individuals to voice dissent and act upon it without political recourse.  Certainly, Orwell would also favor a political government that believed in checks and balances, limitations of the power of central authority.  I cannot see him being able to endorse any system that allows a Napoleon and his ilk to gain power.

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