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A Comparison Between Animal Farm And The Russian Revolution

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"Ignorance is strength" In this date and time that still applies to our world today for those that have knowledge. Those who know have power over those who don't. The story of Animal Farm is a story of revolution, abuse of power, and a lesson in history. Revolution started with a speech given by the prestigious Old Major. He was a prize boar that had pasted his prime. He still commanded the respect of all the animals. He spoke of equal rights and fair treatment. He felt that animals should not work for humans for only the very bare necessities. Since the animals were stronger and the humans weren't strong enough to run the farm without the animals' help, the idea came forth that it was the animals that were superior. USA Today magazine called this book, "A political satire..." that pokes fun at the revolution in Russia."Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. And remember also that in fighting against man, we must not come to resemble him..." This statement made in the book at the end of Old Major's speech was one of the major catalysts for the revolution that would take place shortly after the wise boar's death. It would also be the basis of the 7 Commandments. The abandonment of the 7 Commandments was where things had gone from bad to worse. It was bad enough that the humans were treating the animals badly but and extra blow was given when the pigs started abusing their power the way the humans did.In the beginning beast pride was instilled in every animal. The night of the meeting Old Major sang Beasts of England. It painted a picture of a better world for all walks of beasts. More food, freedom, and pride were a reachable dream to them. The commandments were a way to separate the apartheid the humans put them through with the new "better" life that was in store for them under the command of the pigs. Slowly the pigs began to turn to the ways of humans. The commandments changed to the astonishment of the animals. The pigs were two-faced liars that were out to fill their greedy bellies and stroke their egos. The commandments were altered as follows from this:1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings is a friend.3. No animal shall wear clothes.4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.5. No animal shall drink alcohol.6. No animal shall kill another animal.7. All animals are equalTo this:1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings is a friend.3. No animal shall wear clothes.4. No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.5. No animal shall drink alcohol in excess6. No animal shall kill another animal without reasonThe pigs didn't work (just like the humans). They started negotiations with neighboring farms (humans). They began going against the rules that all the beasts had fought and some even died for. All the newly instilled values were being...

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