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What perspectives can be compared in Animal Farm and Julius Caesar?

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In both Animal Farm and Julius Caesar, we're presented with elite power struggles in which the masses are largely bystanders. In Orwell's story, a radical revolution takes place which is supposed to result in the empowerment of the poor benighted farm animals. Yet as soon as Napoleon and his gang have achieved power they proceed to repress, starve, and kill the very creatures in whose name the Animalist revolution was carried out. One elite has simply been replaced by another. Ultimately, neither man or beast has the interests of the ordinary farm animals at heart.

In Julius Caesar, each side in the elite power struggle tries to get the Roman plebs on their side. Brutus makes an impassioned speech at Caesar's funeral in which he tries to justify his assassination, knowing as he does how much the common people loved him and how restless they are in the wake of his murder. In his own speech, Mark Antony then uses the love of the plebs for their fallen leader to turn them against Brutus and the...

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