Animal Farm 1.11: "You Drunk Pig!"

Dsytopian LiteratureAnimal Farm
LanguageEnglish Language

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Wrapped in a Cloak of Religion.” Dramatic? Very.

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But when you consider that all that stuff really happened in the human world,

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maybe it isn’t dramatic enough.

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How do these themes compare in the two arenas of Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution?

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Let’s go through the list, shall we?

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Leadership and Corruption…sounds fun, eh?

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Animal Farm was ruled by pigs led by Napoleon;

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the Russian Revolution was ruled by an inner circle led by Stalin.

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Both leaders starved their followers, worked them like slaves, had dealings with the enemy,

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and lived a luxurious life while their followers lived in misery.

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They don’t make corruption worse than this.

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Control Over Intellectual Inferiors…aka what you'll be capable of after watching a

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few Shmoop videos…

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The pigs were such good learners that they quickly realized education equals power.

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Some of the animals learned to read a little, but others never could get the hang of it.

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The animals would never be the intellectual equals of the pigs.

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This allowed the pigs to change rules and the 7 Commandments, re-write history, and

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twist the truth…

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All because the animals didn’t have the mental ability to dispute them.

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Plus, you can never have enough propaganda.

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Feed the illiterate masses a steady diet of posters glorifying the leader and they lap

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it up like mother’s milk.

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Back in the day, Napoleon and Stalin achieved godlike status through propaganda.

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Lies and Deceit…which is basically the main conversation tactic at every Thanksgiving

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dinner we've ever been to…

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We bet Snowball and Trotsky would have a lot to say in their defense…if they were allowed

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to talk or even show their faces.

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Making up horrible stories about them is just one example of Napoleon and Stalin’s use

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of lies and deceit to control the masses and gain ultimate power.

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And, of course, the pigs need milk, beds and creature comforts for their big, piggy brains.

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What a pile of manure.

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Rules and Order….the far less popular spin off of Law and Order…

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You know the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do”? Yeah, we don’t like it, either.

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It wasn’t just the pigs who lived a double standard. Stalin did, too.

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We don’t see him starving or sacrificing his life for the cause… or industrialization…

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or war… or anything.

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Rules are different for those who make them.

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The founding principal of the revolution that everybody should be treated and paid equally

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was soon distorted in favor of the powerful elite.

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They were obviously more equal in both Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution.

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Foolishness and Folly…basically us thinking anyone at Thanksgiving dinner would be interested

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in the latest episode of Rules and Order.

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But in the context of Animal Farm…of course, the first creature we think of is the fashionista, Mollie.

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But other animals are kind of foolish too. The sheep foolishly bleat…

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…without really knowing why. Even Boxer foolishly declares…

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…when he clearly isn’t.

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And remember the folly of the windmill. The hope that it would change the animals’ lives

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kept them focused and dedicated.

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In Russia, great masses of the population believed Stalin’s propaganda so thoroughly

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that they, too, thought he was always right, despite their own windmill, industrialization.

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Dreams, Hopes, Plans….bet you're hoping we'll stop making silly comparisons for each

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of these topics…keep dreaming.

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Ya gotta have a plan.

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Some kind of roadmap to get you to your goals.

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After Old Major’s rhetoric stirred the animals to revolt… Then what happened?

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There was a big, gaping hole in the revolution. Enter Napoleon.

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In Russia, after Lenin died, Stalin swooped in like a vulture on a pig carcass.

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He had dreams and hopes, but they were for himself, not his country.

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Next up….cunning and cleverness…

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Napoleon was cunning, Squealer was clever. Together, they were a formidable act convoluting

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the truth and stomping all over the intent of the revolution.

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Stalin and his propaganda ministry were a juggernaut in Russia doing the same thing.

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The windmill in Animal Farm and industrialization in Russia were clever promises of a better

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life for the masses that turned out to be empty.

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Up to bat next….violence.

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Fear is a great motivator for compliance. Your followers are less likely to give you

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trouble if they know it might be the last thing they ever do.

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Like Stalin said…"Death solves all problems. No man, no problem."

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He eliminated every possible objector, real or imagined, numbering into the millions.

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Napoleon has a few bloody scenes in Animal Farm that show just how well violence works

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to maintain order. Next up. Pride, but unfortunately, no prejudice.

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Sit this one out, Darcy.

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Some pride is good…unless you’re a megalomaniac.

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Napoleon and Stalin fit right in with Dr. Evil, Caligula, and Lord Voldemort.

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And national pride can be an oppressive tool, too.

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The animals wanted the neighboring farms to believe they were doing well.

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Who wants to be the butt of jokes about a failed revolution?

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That certainly wasn’t on Stalin’s list of favorite things, either.

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So they skewed the numbers, spread false rumors of abundance, and put on a good show of bounty

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in the middle of great lack.

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Next up, religion…

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If life on earth is hell, just give up, put in your time and have a blast in the afterlife.

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Or at least, that’s the message believed by the long-suffering proletariat in both

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Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution.

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There were millions who died. We hope they’re getting their groove on in heaven.

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Except for those megalomaniacs.

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Yep. Animal Farm is an alphabet soup of themes… Be careful of food poisoning.