What Happens when you Stand up for Yourself? Animal Farm by George Orwell
George Orwell's Animal Farm reveals what could happen when animals stand up for themselves against the human race and run things there own way.
Taking place on a farm, the animals that exist on Manor Farm are tired to taking direction from and working for Mr. Jones. With the pigs taking the lead, the animals ban together to drive out the humans. Successfully out from underneath the reign of humans, the animals changes the name of the farm to "Animal Farm", create their own set of commandments, and establish routines in order to get all the work down and run the farm.
As time passes, leadership roles are established placing the pigs at the head of the table with dogs taking up the sidelines, becoming the bodyguards. The sheep seem to take on the role of mindless followers of the pigs, but all other animals become the labor force. Initially, the system seems good. Running well and everyone is happy. As time passes however resources shift in the favor of the pigs and the remainder of animals begin working longer hours for less food. As commandments become changed, statuses get exaggerated and animal lives become loss the realization begins to dawn that they have come full circle. The pigs have taken the place of the humans, and the animals are being disrespected and overworked even more so than they were underneath Mr. Jones and his men.
A quick read at only about 125 pages long, Animal Farm keeps the reader entertained from beginning to end. It's hard not to make comparison between the decisions the animals made and errors made throughout human history. For instance, when the animals blindingly follow the pigs through a rebellion and two battles, losing plenty of the lives in the process it's similar to political leaders who get numerous people to rally behind them in and effort to abolish an enemy. Unfortunately, similar to the clueless animals that followed the pigs, too many people can become brainwashed and convinced of a seemingly worthwhile cause which turns out to be superficial in nature.
The Seven Commandments that were established for the farm were originally designed to keep the animals from committing any of the mistakes that the people made but throughout the novel, the animals were unaware of the pigs modifications to the commandments. In human history, there are plenty of instances where political leaders offer empty promises to encourage the masses, but then often times act contrary to the promises. The pigs in this case offered an amazing example. With each new human luxury they encountered that they liked, from sleeping in beds, to wearing clothes and even drinking alcohol, additions were made to the commandments. Even worse was the propagation that the commandments possessed these additions all along, the animals own ignorance was grossly played against them.
Even the sheep, who never seemed to do much of any labor -nothing compared to Boxer, the horse- posed as the propaganda committee for the pigs. Constantly bleating "four legs good, two legs bad" when the animals initially took over the farm and progressing to "four legs good, two legs better" when the pigs took it upon themselves to learn to walk upright, gradually mimicking their supposed human enemies.