What point do you think George Orwell attempts to make in Animal Farm?

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Orwell's story is illustrating the fact that revolutions often result in worse conditions for the people involved than they suffered under before. This was the case with the Russian Revolution, which is what Animal Farm is referring to allegorically throughout. After the Czar was overthrown, the Russian people expected freedom, equality, and prosperity. Instead, a dictatorship comparable to the pigs in the novel took over the government and imposed force and terror on the people. Millions of peasants died of starvation because they were opposed to collectivization. Millions were sent to concentration camps. The oppression was begun under Lenin but became even worse under Stalin. Orwell was a socialist himself, but he believed in democratic socialism, wherein the people have the final authority, as in Britain and the United States. Revolutions usually result in dictatorships under which the people are oppressed almost as severely as they were before. The major problem, as Orwell seemed to view it, is with human nature. People are selfish, and the most selfish tend to rise to the top. Napoleon in Animal Farm is a good example. The honest, hard-working people will always be exploited, like Boxer.

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