Animal farm and 1984
Napoleon, the leader of all the animals of the Rebellion, can be compared and contrasted with Big Brother, the leader of all the people of 1984. Both Big Brother and Napoleon show the qualities of a cruel ruler. Similar to Big Brother, Napoleon is a secretive plotter who works behind the scenes rather than openly. However, unlike Napoleon, Big Brother periodically appears on the television screen. Napoleon and Big Brother both work continually to weaken their rivals, whether it is by removing Snowball or eliminate Rutherford. Both place importance on complicated ceremonies and parades to prevent their workers from thinking about their schemes. Napoleons control over animal farm is not as powerful as Big Brother’s control over the workers in 1984 (Oceania).
In the service of their ruler, Squealer and Winston both revise history. Winston’s task at the Ministry of Truth is to alter the past to suit the present. Squealer’s duty is to amend the Seven Commandments also to suit the present. However, Squealer supports the views and beliefs of Napolean wheras Winston does not support the rules of Big Brother.
Parson and Boxer are both characterized by their willingness to work, constantly volunteering for work whenever something needed to be done. Boxer worked constantly to build the windmill and Parson worked endlessly organizing marches and parades. Preparation for Hate Week was described a “Processions, meetings, military parades, lectures, film shows, screen programs all had to be organized” The most striking between Boxer and Parson is their faithfulness to their master. At the end, one is presumably vaporized.
The characters in Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four have similar and distinct characteristics, which put towards in the growth of theme. Big Brother and Napolean, unrelenting and sly, established a totalitarian group. Winston and Boxer are true followers of their leaders, they always thing the leader is right.
All together these two books share many features, George Orwell is trying to show Totalitarianism/Animalism and fascism. He has set the two stories very well in the way he has compared and contrasted the characters to show different points of political aspects.
Short Summary of Animal Farm
Animal Farm is an allegory of the Russian Revolution, it is based on certain aspects of the Revolution. For example, revolting the government, all of the animals on the farm group together to overthrow their cruel owner because they believe they are not being treated as well as they should be. When the animals come into power after overthrowing their master the pigs consider themselves to be the dictators on the farm, snowball one of the pigs starts to plan building a windmill to give power to the farm but Napoleon is not happy that snowball is leading the animals in thought, so he starts blaspheming him, the animals are agreeing for Snowballs idea but now Napoleon is outraged. Napoleon lets out a high pitch squeal and out of nowhere a pack of dogs he raised from puppies ran after Snowball and chased him into a field and he was never seen again after. Napoleon then considered himself to be the leader and the pigs thought they were the most intelligent out of the animals so they would manage the other animals.
In the end Napoleon becomes what all the animals got rid of in the first place, a cruel ruler. Boxer is then sold to a glue factory after the men came back and he got shot in the leg, it all then collapses all the pigs are seen as drunk Mr. Joness image all of the animals then form to remove Napoleon from power.