As William Dawson, essay writer for Omnibus three says: “This is one of those rare books that is entertaining and funny, yet teaches serious and important insights about man and God’s world.” (Dawson, 2006) This analysis will be focusing on two themes of Animal Farm by George Orwell. Firstly, on the danger of ignorance, and secondly how violence and fear were used as a means of control. These two themes are important to be able to recognize; as they are definitely happening in our world quite a bit today.
“This is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion! No argument may lead you astray…animals in perfect unity. All animals are comrades.” (Orwell, 1954) This is how the book began and with a true sense of dignity, all the animals agreed that freedom would soon be at hand. They knew that whether it came now, or for future generations, it was worth work to gain complete and absolute freedom. With this goal in mind the animals thought they could conquer anything; unless, it was their own kind that were causing the oppression.
However, no one even noticed any oppression happening, and because it was their own kind, they were under oppression without knowing, due to the sly activity of Napoleon. For example: Napoleon made the excuse of caring for the puppies, (Orwell, 1954) while in his mind he was actually preparing them to be tough dogs which would later help in his power control plan. They were too busy with looking to the greater good, and never took the time or rather, courage, to talk things out with their comrades. This is where the term ignorance fits in. Ignorance is when one is destitute of knowledge, uninstructed, uninformed and untaught. (Webster, 1828) Because of all of the animals’ ignorance and obliviousness to their surroundings; they end up being overruled and controlled with the fear of violent actions.
At the beginning of the book, the animals wish to rid themselves of violence and fear when old Major reveals the details of his dream. They have this beautiful image in their minds, with plenty of food, pastures of grass, etcetera and are ready to defeat anything that may come in their way of accomplishing this goal. Soon after, this image is faded by Napoleon and the puppies; that were now full grown beasts. By the time the animals realize they are being taken over its too late. Napoleon & Squealer have discovered the power and forcefulness of violence and fear. For instance, whenever anyone questions Squealer, (Orwell, 1954 pg 35) he...