What is the difference between "The Gentlemen of the Jungle" and Animal Farm? 

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The main difference between “The Gentlemen of the Jungle” and Animal Farm is that Animal Farm has a revolution from within, and “The Gentlemen of the Jungle” is about colonialism from outside forces.

Animal Farm is the equivalent of one country that remains a country.  One of its citizens, Old Major, has a vision of a cooperative government.  He tells the other animals, and they revolt against the abuses of their human leader and make their own country.

`Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. (ch 1)

The animals agreed to make their own country.  They also ruled themselves (in the sense that the pigs are animals).

In “The Gentlemen of the Jungle” a man is sitting in his hut in the rain.  He has made a “friendship” with an elephant.  The elephant asks to put his trunk into the man’s hut, and the man agrees because his trunk is small. 

As soon as the elephant put his trunk inside the hut, slowly he pushed his head inside, and finally flung the man out in the rain, and then lay down comfortably inside his friend’s hut …

The next thing the man knows he has been kicked out of his hut.  When the man turns to other animals for help, they continue taking his huts.  The elephant claims he was protecting the man’s hut from the hurricane, and the animals accept it because the man does not have a representative.  This is an example of how colonialism worked in Africa, when more powerful countries came in and stole African land under the guise of helping.

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