How does Orwell show his ideas about communism through Animal Farm?

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It is greed that corrupts the communist ideals in Animal Farm. I think that Orwell is telling us that although the idea is good, and everyone can get behind it, it is not so easy in implementation. It was Napoleon's greed that did them in, and there will always be a Napoleon.

A writer asserts his point of view in all kinds of ways, and one of them is characterization.  In general terms, the most negative aspects of Communism are depicted by the animal with the most negative connotation --a pig.  We use the term pejoratively to describe people who are selfish or greedy or dirty or smelly.  All negatives.  It's no coincidence, then, that Orwell chooses pigs to represent the worst of what Communistic...

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