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Animal Farm - Utopia and Dystopia

  • Date Submitted: 06/30/2015 09:25 PM
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Decay of a utopia into a dystopia
A utopia is what most societies aim for. It is an ideal society in which everyone is equal.   However, it is very hard to achieve due to the human corruption that is created to serve the people. In the novel, Animal Farm, the author, George Orwell, illustrates how Napoleon and the other pigs were the ones responsible for the decay of a utopia into a dystopia. The author showed that through the pigs abusing their power, taking advantage of the animals' lack of intelligence and by changing the laws of Animalism.
First, the pigs deteriorated the utopia into a dystopia by abusing their power. The pigs did not work hard and they left all the hard labour for the other animals. This was shown when “The pigs didn't actually work, but directed and supervised the others” (45). Due to the fact that the pigs were the smartest animals on the farm they attained the leadership position, which gave the pigs a great opportunity to abuse their power. The fact that there was a group of animals that worked really hard and another group that did nothing other than 'directing and supervising' caused great inequality on the farm. Moreover, not only did the pigs not work but they also stole the resources and the other animals' productions. This was shown when “So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and the windfall apples should be reserved for the pigs...all barley would be reserved for the pigs...But the pigs seemed comfortable enough, and in fact were putting on weight if anything” (44-117).Due to the pigs taking all the resources and the food, there was not enough food for the animals. The pigs did not do their work, that is maintaining the welfare of the farm, and they also did not bear the consequences which were not having enough food or money. In fact, they were very comfortable and had no clue what the animals were going through of hunger and hard labour. By abusing their power, the pigs went against the idea of a utopia, which...

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