Animal Farm: Communism Through The Eyes Of George Orwell

Throughout history, writers have written about many different subjects
based on their personal experiences. George Orwell was the pen name of Eric
Blair. He is one of the most famous political satirists of the twentieth
century. He was born in Bengal, India in 1903 to an English Civil Servant and
died in 1950. He attended Eton from 1917 to 1921, and served with the Indian
Imperial Police in Burma from 1922 to 1927 before moving to Europe.Two of his
most famous books, Animal Farm, written in 1946, and Nineteen Eighty-Four,
written in 1949, were written about the political and social environment
surrounding his life. "The driving force behind his two satires is an intense
revulsion ...

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Fascism, and Totalitarianism, and
by the revolts, wars, and revolutions going on in Europe and Russia at the time
of his writings.
George Orwell was a Socialist2 himself, and he despised Russian
Communism3, and what it stood for. Orwell shows this hatred towards Communist
Russia in a letter he wrote to Victor Gollancz saying, "For quite fifteen years
I have regarded that regime with plain horror."4 Orwell wrote this letter in
1947, ten years after announcing his dislike of Communism. However, he had
thought a great deal about Communism and what he disliked about if for a long
time before he announced it to the public. Orwell "did not expect anything good
from the Communist"5 and therefore Communism personally did not affect him, but
"He was concerned with it (Communism) only because it was a problem for
In Animal Farm, "an animal fable satirizing Communism,"7 Orwell uses
farm animals in England to satirize Russian Communism and its leaders. ...

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in command, says,"Do you not remember how, just at the moment when
Jones and his men had got inside the yard, Snowball suddenly turned and
fled...that it was just at that moment when panic was spreading and all seemed
lost, that Comrade Napoleon sprang forward with a cry of ŒDeath to Humanity!¹"10
Just as Squealer retold the event to Napoleon¹s benefit,the same thing can be
said about Stalin. After he "became dictator of the Soviet Union, he had
history books rewritten to say that he had led the revolution with Lenin."11
This however is not the truth. In reality, it was Leon Trotsky who led the
revolution with Lenin. This is just one of the many comparisons that Orwell
makes between ...

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