How does Mr. Pilkington's statement "If you have your lower animals to contend with, we have our lower classes" encapsulate Orwell's intention in depicting the political ideas of Joseph Stalin? How does this idea extend to today's world?

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In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the animals who work on Manor Farm want to achieve better and more equitable treatment than they have received. As a result, they rebel and take over the farm.

Ironically, the animals work like slaves even after the rebellion and are no better off than they were before. In fact, in many ways, they are worse off, largely because of the avarice of their new masters, particularly Napoleon.

The new social order is only a thinly veiled reference to the communist order under Joseph Stalin. In fact, the animals call one another “comrade.” Soon after the revolt, the new animal masters grow close to Mr. Pilkington, who states, "If you have your lower animals to contend with, we have our lower classes."

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