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Alvin Kernans observation that the beast fable is an effective literary tool is quite true Storytellers have used beast fables since the story was invented Something that has remained popular for so long must be somewhat effective The representation of people as animals reduces their characters to the most basic stereotypes The reader doesnt have to waste time in trying to figure out the characters personalities In short their inside is represented on the outside by their own physical being One of the first and most obvious of Orwells stereotypes is exemplified by the pigs They represent the government officials and political figures A great number of people would find that a quite suitable representation Politicians have always been reputable as dirty dishonest and simply undesirable individuals Pigs are among the filthiest animals to roam the earth Some would say the same about politicians I for one feel that this comparison is very fitting The second main comparison Orwell makes uses Boxer the work horse to represent the Russian working class Laborious individuals and those who possess great physical strength are often said to be as strong as a horse Boxer is both hardworking and extremely powerful He was able to do as much work as all the other animals combined He was also dedicated to his tasks His motto I will work harder gave the rest of the farm inspiration to carry on He worked himself to death for the well-being of others Horses are known for their loyalty and determination Boxer is a fine representative of the common hardworking citizen The other stereotypical members of society are also clearly represented Mollie the horse is a portrayal of the upperclass citizens who lose out because of socialism She had privileges that no other animal on the farm had These were stripped from her when the animals took over Her losses eventually caused her to run away and seek her benefits with
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