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The Connection: A New Historic View Of George Orwell’s Animal Farm

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In the middle of the 1930s, Adolf Hitler began his rise to power in Germany, initiating the start of the Second World War and spread fear across Western Europe. During this time period, George Orwell began writing his novella, Animal Farm, which has been said to represent the events of the communist revolution; yet according to an analysis of the new historic lens, no book, no matter the style, can escape the hindrance of social context; proving that the air surrounding the war, impacted the literature written in this time. While it may not be about World War Two, Animal Farm, like all other writings was impacted by its surroundings. An analysis of George Orwell’s Animal Farm reveals that his work, being written in the 1940s, was greatly influenced by the events surrounding World War Two, which took place across all of Europe.
After World War One, Germany was in severe suffering due to the fact that all of the war debts were pinned onto their nation, which caused a great economic depression. This later led to an era of hyperinflation, rendering the German dollar near useless, so much so, children were using stacks of German money as building blocks and it spread the depression across most of the countries involved. . Germany as a whole was on a decline in morale, money, and reliance on their once trusted government.”…the destruction and catastrophic loss of life during World War I led to what can best be described as a cultural despair in many former combatant nations…” In Orwell’s Animal Farm the farm had lost a lot of money and the animals were in suffering without any assistance from their farm’s owner, leaving them without sufficient food or resources. “Mr. Jones, although a hard master, had been a capable farmer, but of late he had fallen on evil days. He had become much disheartened after losing money in a lawsuit, and had taken to drinking more than was good for him. For whole days at a time he would lounge in his Windsor chair in the kitchen, reading the newspapers, drinking, and occasionally feeding Moses on crusts of bread soaked in beer. His men were idle and dishonest, the fields were full of weeds, the buildings wanted roofing, the hedges were neglected, and the animals were underfed” The state of the farm represents the struggle of Germany after World War I, where both leaders are unable to provide for their citizens.
“The social and economic upheaval that followed World War I powerfully destabilized Germany's fledgling democracy and gave rise to many radical right wing parties”(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "World War I: Aftermath.") The morale of the people in post-World War I Germany was crushed, as it seemed that there would be no end to the economic collapse before them. People lost trust in their government leaving them open to radical change. Adolf Hitler was able to plant the idea of a fascist government, even though it seems absurd. Hitler, like Old Major, of Animal Farm suggested wild ideas of change and...

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