George Orwell'S amazing satire of communism and its effect.
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The farmer of Manor Farm, Mr. Jones is a drunken man who makes his animals’ life miserable. He forgets to feed the animals and the animals get really angry. One night, Old Major gathers the animals together and makes them think about their situation. He says that animals don’t need to live such a terrible life. They don’t need to work that hard and be treated so poorly by the owner. The land is fertile and everyone could have a good life. So, why are they so poor? Because of Man. Man is the only animal that doesn’t produce anything; doesn’t give milk; doesn’t lay eggs; is too weak to pull the plow. Old Major tells the animals to think of a Revolution in which they would overthrow Man. They have to make that their goal – they have to really follow that goal and whenever that goal is reached, justice will be found.
“All men are enemies. All animals are comrades” (p. 6) This is important because it shows the ideas of the Bolshevik revolution – the communists saw everyone else as an enemy; people who didn’t want to embrace the ideals of communism were executed or sent to forced labor in Siberia.
Old Major says that all the things man is doing are evil – animals should conquer man but then not act like man; they should not drink or smoke or engage in trade with other men; wear clothes or sleep in a house. Old Major also has this inspirational song for the animals: Beasts of England, which throws the animals into great excitement.
As the animals are singing, Jones wakes up and fires a shot in the darkness; the meeting breaks and the animals go to sleep.