Does Animal Farm illustrate the quote by Orwell found below?Animal Farm can be read as an attack on the failure of the Russian Revolution. In his introduction to the Ukrainian edition in 1947,...

Does Animal Farm illustrate the quote by Orwell found below?

Animal Farm can be read as an attack on the failure of the Russian Revolution. In his introduction to the Ukrainian edition in 1947, Orwell said that he had "little evidence that the Soviet Union was progressing towards anything that one could truly call Socialism.On the contrary,there were clear signs of its transformation into a hierarchical society..." Do you think that the novel illustrates this?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Animal Farm absolutely does illustrate this claim of Orwell's.

In the book, the animals' rebellion is supposed to bring about a utopia, just like Bolshevik Revolution was supposed to.  But then look at what the society actually becomes in the book.  Instead of equality, you have the pigs creating a system that is completely dominated by them.  They have all of the best things in life on the farm.  This can be perfectly encapsulated by the change they make to the Seventh Commandment, in which they explicitly say that "some animals are more equal than others."

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amne | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I am studying this at the moment and I know that Orwell wrote this book based on the quote you have given us above. My english teacher provided us with a book which sets the setting and explains the reason of George Orwell's book. I don't know if you can find a book like this because I live in the UK.

It basically tells the story of betrayl and the replacement of one tyranny by the other all based on Russia.

Now as I don't know Orwell in person the book mentions how Joe Stalin became a hero in the eyes of the British and the United States but Orwell believed that these people were idiots because they were not heroes and it was at this time that he decided to write this book.

It was meant to bring equaliy but didn't instead the pigs took the bigger roles and had more advantage, animals were slaughtering each other and pigs actually started walking and carrying whips which therefore shows that what we thought of Russia, Orwell did not.

 

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