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Human Nature Essay

705 words - 3 pages

George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a satirical allegory through which he presents his cynical view of human nature. He uses the animal fable effectively to expose the issues of injustice, exploitation, and the instillment of fear in human society.

The element of injustice in Animal Farm and today’s society is evident. Napoleon, a large boar, thrives off the idea of power. He is willing to starve the animals to achieve this power status. Once the pigs assume authority, the increase in work led to the animals becoming hungry much quicker. With the pigs in positions of authority, their requirements are put above others therefore, most of the food was given to them which left most animals stricken with hunger. Much like the fable, Animal Farm, there is a lack of food in parts of the world. Society today has the same motives and will cut off food supplies to third world countries in order to get the necessary amount of food needed. Much like the novel, society put ...view middle of the document...

Napoleon willingly uses his comrades to do his dirty work. During the beginning of the fable, Old Major gathers the animals together to explain that they are being exploited by the humans that have ownership of Manor Farm. The animals agree and unite to change the cruel ways in which they are being treated. However, Napoleon uses most of the animals to take charge and run the Manor Farm the way that he thinks it should be ran. Such as having specific jobs each animal is required to do. Napoleon blames his fellow comrades to give him an innocent image. He uses Snowball to blame multiple times so it appears that Napoleon himself is innocent. Boxer, a noble workhorse, is the most exploited of all the animals in the novel. His dedication and loyalty to working, ended with his death and then being sold to buy whisky for the pigs own satisfaction. Squealer, Napoleon’s right hand man, would be given orders and have him deliver the news to the animals in such a persuasive, believable manner so that Napoleon would not be the one to blame if the animals took offense to the news given to them. The residents of animal farm were exploited, beginning to end.

Many people instill fear in one another to get what they want. Government’s in third world countries have similar motives just as the pigs in charge of Manor Farm. The pigs can be considered as a government on their own. Speaking out against the government is frowned upon in the novel and in many countries today. Napoleon eventually becomes a corrupt dictator and utilize the other animals through violence and tyranny. The hens were being starved for going against Napoleon and it was declared that if any animal fed them, they would be killed. When the puppies were born, Napoleon had taken them to train them in a certain manner. Once the puppies were fully trained, they protected Napoleon and instilled fear in the animals by growling at them. He would kill the animals, to prove his dominance among the animals and to further his rule among them as well.

It is in the nature of humans to seek power and authority. Many may go as far as to exploit those weaker than them, or disregard what is right, just to obtain power. It may be suggested that because humans will always be power-driven, it is natural that history will repeat itself.

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