What is the main point of Animal Farm?

The main point of Animal Farm is that power should never be in the hands of the elite, and that despots, totalitarianism, and communism all have dangers associated with them.

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The main point of Animal Farm, a withering commentary on totalitarianism, is that dreams of a better society can easily go wrong if people don't first take a stand against despotism and, second, pay attention to the abuse of language. Power corrupts and must be contained and controlled so...

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The main point of Animal Farm, a withering commentary on totalitarianism, is that dreams of a better society can easily go wrong if people don't first take a stand against despotism and, second, pay attention to the abuse of language. Power corrupts and must be contained and controlled so that no one group can amass too much of it.

The tragedy of Animal Farm is that the pigs, especially the unscrupulous Napoleon, gain too much power and end up using it despotically, replicating the behavior of the humans they displaced. This is tragic because it could have been prevented. If an animal like Boxer had taken a stand against Napoleon when it was still possible, he would have rallied other animals to him and could have curbed the tyrant's excesses. Instead, he exhibits blind loyalty. He abdicates his responsibility to question Napoleon's outrageous actions and speak truth to power. This is a huge mistake. All the little abuses must be addressed immediately or big abuses will follow.

Second, and very importantly, the animals fail to pay attention to language and to how the pigs are cleverly twisting it to support their own agenda. Orwell is showing that ordinary people have to use their heads and analyze what the people in power are saying to them. Slogans and propaganda may sound and feel good, but they are usually used for evil purposes.

Orwell's point is that democracy and equality are not givens: people have to exert themselves to protect these freedoms

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George Orwell's main point in Animal Farm is to show how the best of intentions and ideas can, and generally do, become corrupted in practice. Orwell was himself a socialist, and he clearly has genuine sympathy for the thoughts expressed by Old Major at the beginning of the book. Old Major is is right that the animals are exploited and that they would be better off if they could organize themselves into a cooperative society where they worked for the common good rather than serving a master who simply takes the products of their labor, leaving them with just enough to sustain life.

Orwell once described England as a family with the wrong members in control. This description applies, to some extent, to any society. The people (or, in this case, animals) who seek power are not those most inclined to use it for the common good. Snowball is not a perfect leader and might well have become corrupt over time, but he is highly intelligent and offers hope for the future. He is defeated by Napoleon simply because Napoleon is more ruthless and violent. Any type of person may inherit a kingdom, but it is generally unscrupulous, power-hungry men who manage to seize one. Such men have little interest in implementing someone else's idealistic program of reform, which means that revolutions undertaken in the name of the people, or animals, are generally betrayed by their leaders.

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I would argue that the point of George Orwell's Animal Farm relates to the dangers of any despot, whether or not this autocratic leader has sociocultural similarities to you.

At the beginning, the animals of Animal Farm exist under the tyranny of Mr. Jones, and their life is miserable. By the end, they are under the tyranny of Napoleon and the other pigs, who have learned to walk on two legs and be as similar as possible to humans. In their long term, the animals' happiness and satisfaction with their lives have not improved. They are simply under the jurisdiction of a new leader—one who played on their emotions to obtain this power.

At its heart, Animal Farm is a criticism of the type of communism implemented in the Soviet Union. Just like the communist leaders, the pigs started out talking about equal rights and how everyone should have a say in how things are run. It turns out, both in Russia and on Manor Farm, that the new leaders are no better than the old. Both are committed to their own motivations, and neither actually cares about those living under their rule.

In a nutshell, the point of Animal Farm relates to the necessity of a just political system. It is an allegory showing the perils of the communist movement and of totalitarianism.

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At its heart, Animal Farm is a warning against the dangers of totalitarianism. Specifically, Orwell argues that after a revolution, the people should not allow power to be concentrated into the hands of a single individual or small group of individuals because if this happens, that power will corrupt the leaders and turn them into self-interested tyrants.

Orwell supports this argument through the characters of the pigs, particularly Napoleon, who become increasingly greedy and self-interested as the story progresses. Moreover, they corrupt the ideas of Animalism, the foundation for their new society, and, by the end of the novel, have become just as tyrannical as the humans they overthrew. More importantly, by the time the other animals realize what has happened, it is too late. They are trapped in a dictatorship, unable to change their situation.

In terms of allusions, this argument also applies to the political situation in the Soviet Union. Through his allusions to Soviet leaders, particularly Stalin, Orwell shows that this exact thing happened: Stalin corrupted the principles of communism and turned it into totalitarianism.

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The main point of Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is to criticize communism, or at least the way that communism was implemented in the Soviet Union.

The book shows how the communist movement starts with talk about helping the people and about letting everyone have a voice in their own lives.  But then it quickly evolves to the point where the communist leaders (Napoleon the pig, etc.) are no better than the people they replaced.  They put themselves above the common people and they run things tyrannically, driving out those they disagree with (Snowball because of the windmill).

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The main point of Animal Farm is about the nature of power. At first, the revolution had noble intentions. The communist ideals, seen in the seven commandments, sound great in theory. However, in time the leaders on the farm are not able to follow those ideals with any consistency. As the story progresses, they follow the ideals less and less. Towards the end, they completely betray any ideals. This is precisely why at the end of the book, Orwell has the pigs turn into men. 

Clover cannot see who is man or pig, or pig and man. Here are the words of Orwell:

No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

From this quote it seems clear that the main theme is about how power corrupts. To ground Animal Farm in history, we can say that even though Orwell believed in communist ideals, he believes that the Soviet Union, under Stalin, implemented these ideals in a perverse and wicked form. 

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