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Repeating History Essay

708 words - 3 pages

The saying “history repeats itself” is used quite often, but how many times have you actually seen it happen? The book Animal Farm portrays the idea of history repeating itself. The character Benjamin and the pigs in the story show history repeating itself throughout the book. In addition to these characters within the book, North Korea displays history's repetition outside the book.
The actions of the pigs express this theme by starting with good intentions, but slowly becoming more and more like what they were trying to avoid. In the beginning of the story Old Major gives a speech to the animals on the farm, and in this speech he mentions how cruel the humans are. During his speech Old Major uses Boxer the horse as an example when he says “You, Boxer, the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will sell you to the knacker, who will cut your throat and boil you down for the foxhounds.” (Orwell 11). He then proceeds to tell the animals that once they revolt the cruelty will end, and at first it does, but soon the pigs begin to act more like humans. The pigs act so much like the humans that at the end of the book it is said that the other animals can’t even tell the difference between the pigs and the humans. The pigs end up acting the same as the humans and just as cruel, completing the circle of history.
In addition to the pigs, the character Benjamin implies the idea of history repeating itself. In the beginning of the book it is stated “ When asked whether he was not happier now that Jones was gone, he would say only “Donkeys live a long time. None of you have ever seen a dead donkey,” and the others had to be content with his cryptic answer.” (Orwell 30). This implies that Benjamin has seen this process happen before and knows that the cruelty that they had lived with during the time of Mr. Jones will return, even though the pigs are in charge. This theme of history repeating is inferred through the character...

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