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Sara R Fletcher HUM1111 112803 Professor Mr Marano ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell George Orwells novel Animal Farm does an excellent job of drawing parallels from the situation leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 Animal Farm is a satire that uses its characters to symbolize leaders of the Russian Revolution The animals of Manor Farm the setting of this novel which symbolizes Russia overthrow their human master after years of mistreatment Led by the pigs the farm animals continue to do their work only with more pride knowing that they are working for themselves as opposed to working for their human master Farmer Jones Slowly over time the pigs gain power and take advantage of the other animals They gain so much power that they become just as power hungry and corrupt as their human master The theme in the novel being that in every society there are leaders who will if given the chance likely abuse their position Old Major is a prize white boar who helps point out to the animals that no animal in England is free He continues to tell the animals that the their labor is stolen by man who benefits alone The animals in return get near nothing just enough to keep them away from starvation Old Major gave many speeches to the farm animals about hope and the future He is the main animal who got the rebellion started even though he died before it actually began Old Majors role compares to Lenin and Marx whose ideas would spark the communist revolution Lenin became the leader and teacher of the working class in Russia and their determination to struggle against capitalism Like Old Major Lenin and Marx wrote essays and gave speeches to the working class poor The working class in Russia as compared with the barnyard animals in Animal Farm were a laboring class of people that received low wages for
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