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George Orwells novel Animal Farm is a deceitfully simple story about a group of farm animals who tired of toiling for the benefit of humans rebel and create their own way of life only to find themselves several years later toiling for the benefit of one of their own kind the pigs Because of the simplicity of this novel many people consider it to be a childrens story However beyond its lighthearted surface it is truly a satirical attack against Stalinism It is also a lament for the fate of revolutions and the hopes contained in them Adding to the complexity of the book it also shows mans willingness to compromise the truth In the short scope of this novel Orwell expresses many of his ideas about men and politics Major an elderly pig is the one who plants the seed of rebellion in the minds of the other animals by sharing with them a song which he had learned as a young pig but which he has just recalled during a dream This song Beasts of England describes a peaceful life where all animals will live in harmony no longer enslaved by humans Riches more than mind can picture Wheat and barley oats and hay Clover beans and mangel-wurzels Shall be ours upon that day Bright will shine the fields of England Purer shall its waters be Sweeter yet shall blow its breezes On the day that sets us free pp 7-8 The character of Major symbolizes the Soviet Union leader Vladimir Ilich Lennin Lennin too had caused his comrades to rise up in rebellion against the Czarist form of
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