Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Animal Farm vs. Marxism

Characters, items, and events found in George
Orwells book, Animal Farm, can be compared to similar
characters, items, and events found in Marxism and the 1917
Russian Revolution. This comparison will be shown by using
the symbolism that is in the book with similarities found in
the Russian Revolution.
Old Major was a prized-boar that belonged to Farmer
Jones. The fact that Old Major is himself a boar was to
signify that radical change and revolution are, themselves,
boring in the eyes of the proletariat (represented by the
other barnyard animals), who are more prone to worrying
about work and survival in their everyday life. Old Major
gave many speeches to the farm animals about hope and the
future. He is the main animal who got the rebellion started
even though he died before it actually began. Old Major?s
role compares to Lenin and Marx whose ideas were to lead to
the communist revolution. Animal Farm is a criticism of Karl
Marx, as well as a novel perpetuating his convictions of
democratic Socialism.

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