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Response To The Text, "Animal Farm"

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Written Response on Animal FarmAnimal farm, known as one of the great anti-totalitarian novel during the World War II by George Orwell, successfully conveys his criticism upon Communism. George Orwell was the pen name of an English writer, Eric Blair. His first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, was published under his pseudonym in 1933; largely autobiographical in nature, it told about living among the poor. Since the book was not a financial success, he supplemented his writing income by teaching school. His next two published books were novels. Burmese Days, published in 1934, was based upon his experiences in Burma, and A Clergyman's Daughter, published in 1935, was based upon his ...view middle of the document...

The boar calls for a meeting to explain his dream for the farm animals. Although Old Major does not narrate the dream, he does explain the ill treatment given to them by man and the monotonous and unacceptable life they are leading on the farm. He also inspires the animals with his song 'Beasts of England.' The inspired animals seize their very first opportunity to throw out Mr. Jones and rename the farm as "Animal Farm". They engrave their laws, seven commandments, on the barn-wall. Napoleon and Snowball compete with each other for leadership. Although the two boars do not see eye to eye, they come together to banish their common enemy, Jones and his men, in The Battle of Cowshed. After the battle, the rivalry between the two contender comes out in the open. Snowball's plan of building the windmill is declared as 'nonsense' by Napoleon. He also chases Snowball off of the farm with the help of his firedogs. He then puts forth the windmill project as his own.The pigs from the ruling class are non-productive and live off the labor of the other animals. They change the commandments to suit their own desires. Squealer, Napoleon's henchman, tells the other animals that the rules must be changed to prevent Jones from returning to control the farm. They are terrorized into confessing whatever the authorities want and say that they have been scheming with Snowball as his agents. Napoleon's reign of terror is severe and takes a toll of several animals. He snatches every chance to further his own personality. He even negotiates 'trade'...

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