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Animal FarmThe novel Animal Farm by George Orwell is a satire of human nature that uses animals to ridicule certain human traits and characteristics The novel depicts mans selfishness and greed as part of human nature and how many innocent bystanders are swept under and destroyed by these selfish and greedy people In the novel these naive bystanders are the animals of the Manor Farm who succumb to their masters first the humans and then the pigs Orwells transformation of the pigs into humans and vice versa shocks the reader who finally realizes the tremendous similarity that our race has with that of the pigs in Orwells novel There is much symbolism in Orwells choice of the pig to be the animal to transform into a human By reading between the lines we can see that he is trying to tell us that humans are the equivalent of pigs A pig is characteristically seen as a greedy selfish dirty animal This is what Orwell is calling the human race The authors choice of the pig over the other animals begins at the very start of the novel It is a pig that instills the hope of a Rebellion against Mr Jones in all the other animals Pigs plan for and carry out the Rebellion Pigs are the ones to take charge after the Rebellion The leadership that is shown by the pigs is also another example of human nature The pig leadership is seen many times throughout the novel but particularly after the Rebellion when Napoleon and Snowball compete for the role of ruler supreme as well as when Napoleon changes the Sunday meetings from debates into a time when orders were given and punishment doled out Humans naturally feel that they are worthy to and therefore should be leaders When reading the novel we are quick to accept the pig as a logical choice to transform into the human but only after an examination
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