Is Freedom Reality? Essay

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Animal Farm, an eye opening novel about a socialist revolution, this novel has often been associated with the Russian Revolution of 1916, however, it also shares relevance with other revolutions. The Indian Revolution of 1858 parallels Animal Farm in three main way; a unifying flag, an influential anthem and the illusion of freedom.

When your country’s flag is raised up in the sky and is waving in the wind you get a feeling of motivation and are reminded of your real goals. The flag in Animal Farm was introduced by Snowball; he explained the meaning of the flag to the animals. “The flag was green, Snowball explained, to represent the green fields of England, while the hoof and horn signified the future Republic of Animals which would arise when the human race had been finally overthrown.” (Orwell, 21). The Indians had their first flag designed and made by one of Swami Vivekananda’s disciplines, Sister Nivedita. The flag was red and yellow, the red represented the freedom struggle and the yellow represented victory, and the flag had “Bonde Matoram” written on it in Bengali, a language spoken in India (MapsofIndia). This phrase means hail motherland. The flag in Animal Farm gives each and every animal so much motivation, they find strength in the meaning of the flag but their inadequate leader, Napoleon changes the flag to a plain green one. “If so, they would perhaps have noted that the white hoof and horn with which it had previously been marked had now been removed. It would be a plain green flag from now onwards.”(Orwell, 96). By doing this he takes away the meaning of the flag for the animals. The flags in India kept on changing since the Indians weren’t satisfied with it; they wanted a flag that represented all the people in India. The final and current flag of India was designed by Pingali Venkayya. The Indian Flag is a tricolored one; the saffron represents courage, the white represents peace and the green represents prosperity. In the white band there is an Ashoka Chakra that represents the 24 hours in a day. A flag can inspire a person and can give them a sense of pride but only a flag that means something to that person, a flag that represents in some way, hope.

When an anthem is sung it uplifts the mood and shines a ray of hope while sometimes it guides the light to a new beginning. In Animal Farm the anthem is the start to the revolution, it is introduced by Old Major after he gathers the animals and talks to them about his vision as he shows them a utopian farm through his speech. “The singing of the song threw the animals into the wildest excitement” (Orwell, 10). The Indian National Anthem first sung and introduced on 27th December, 1911. The anthem was sung during a session of the Indian National Congress (Suramya). People stood up when the anthem was sung as a sign of respect, this tradition still continues today. The anthem unified the people in India and gave them hope for Independence. Beasts of England, Animal...

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