Miss Maudie Atkinson As An Asset To The Maycomb Community

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In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, we first started to see signs of trouble brewing in the farm when the pigs began assuming superiority. At the beginning of the novel, we saw Mr. Jones, the owner of the farm, as an atrocious human being who cruelly mistreated the animals and utilized them only for his profit. However, after the animals finally decided to revolt and overthrew Mr. Jones and the humans from the farm, we observed the pigs taking over the void that the humans left behind. From that point onward we started to see how the ideals of Animal Farm were slowly neglected by the pigs, especially Napoleon, the self-proclaimed leader of the farm, who started to mimic Mr. Jones and treated the ...view middle of the document...

When the pigs took the milk and the apples that the animals worked for and deserved, the animals were furious and protested. However, Squealer, the pig mainly responsible for talking to the animals, astutely explained to them that “it is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs fail in our duty? Jones would come back!”(36). This incident is also very similar to the doings of Mr. Jones. In the speech that Old Major - the pig who originally proposed the revolution - gave to the animals before he died, he said, “And what has happened to that milk which should have been breeding up sturdy calves? Every drop of it has gone down the throats of our enemies”(8). The correspondence between these two events leads to a parallel connection between the pigs and the humans. The pigs got benefits in the farm that humans used to get such as waking up an hour later and making most of the decisions in the farm. This upper position in the hierarchy of the farm proved to be destructive to the ideals of Animal Farm because it inadvertently gave the pigs an added value as individuals than the other animals. By putting the pigs in a position in which they were better treated than others, the ideals of Animal Farm were being compromised since not all animals were being treated equally.
In addition to viewing themselves as higher individuals, the pigs also destructed the ideals of Animal Farm by exploiting the animals for their own profit. As the novel progressed, the pigs further continued to display actions and characteristics that matched those of the humans. The pigs slowly adopted the human trait of insensitively exploiting the animals for profit. The greatest example of this was when the pigs heartlessly sold Boxer to the glue factory so that they could spend the money on whiskey. Boxer was the hardest working comrade in the farm who had the most to do with the success of the farm. That horse was also one of very few animals who was, almost blindly, loyal to Napoleon. These two attributes were represented in his two personal mottos: “I will work harder”(56) and “Napoleon is always right”(56). When Boxer was healthy, Napoleon and the pigs exploited his labor to get most of the laborious tasks around the farm done. However, instead of sending Boxer to the hospital or letting him retire once he became old and useless, the pigs sold him to the glue factory in order to afford whiskey for their own petty pleasure. This incident displayed the ultimate violation of the tenet of equality in Animal Farm. In contrary to the ideals of the farm where all...

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