Thursday, January 1, 2009
Primeo de Enero 2009 The Pigs Napoleon and Snowball
Animal Farm by George Orwell
They lead the Rebellion from the start and
progressively take on the same power and
characteristics as the human master the hel-
ped overthrow . They represent corrupted
human leaders, who led the overthrow of the
capitalist government , only become new
masters in their turn.
Old Major is the wise old pig whose stirring
speech to the animals helps set the Rebellion
in morion though he dies before it actually
begins . His role compare with that of Karl Marx,
whose ideas set the Communist Revolution in
Napoleon and Snowball
Napoleon and Snowball struggle for leadership
of the Farm after Major`s death. Snowball is an
energetic , brilliant leader . He`s the one who
successfully organizes the defense of the Farm.
He `s an eloquent speaker with original -although
not necessarily beneficial --ideas. Napoleon is
a " large , rather fierce- looking Berkshire boar,
not much of a talker, but with a reputation for
getting his own way ." And so he does, Instead
of debating with Snowball, he sets his dogs on
him and continues to increase his personal po-
wer and privileges from that time on. What counts
for him is power, not ideas,
Squealer is shot, fat , twinkle-eyed and nimble,
" a brilliant talker". He has a way of skipping
from side to side and whisking his tail that is
somehow very persuasive, The say he can turn
black into white! That`s just what he does, again
and again: every time the pigs take more wealth
and power, Squealer persuades the animals that
this is absolutely necessary for the well- being of
all. When things are scarce , he proves that pro-
duction has increased - with figures. He is also
the one who makes all the changes in the Seven
Commandments . In human terms he is the pro-
paganda apparatus that spreads the " Big lie"
and makes people believe in it.
Boxer and Clover
Boxer and Clover represent the long-suffering
workers and peasants of the world Orwell pre-
sents then as being big, strong, patient and decent
but not too bright. Boxer believes in the Rebellion
and in iis Leader. His two favorite saying are
" Napoleon is always right " and " I will work harder".
His huge size and strength and his untiring labor
save the Farm again and again. He finally collapses
from age and overwork , and is sold for glue, Clover
the mare is a motherly , protective figure. She sur-
vives to experience dimly and wordlessly , all the
sadness of the failed Revolution.
Mollie , the frivolous , luxury - loving mare, contrasts
with Clover. She deserts Animal Farm for sugar and
ribbons at a human inn.
The dogs represent the means used by a totalitarian
state to terrorize its own people. Think of them as
Napoleon `s secret police.
The stupid sheep keep bleating away any slogan
the pigs teach them . You can guess who they are.
Muriel the goat reads better than Clover and often
reads things ) such as Commandments ) out loud to
Gloomy Benjamin, the donkey , never complains
about his own personal problems.
He is a skeptic and pessimist- we`s almost say a
cynic, if it were`t for his loyal devotion to Boxer.
Like his friend, he doesn`t talk much and patiently
does his work although - unlike Boxer , - no more
that is required . He`s also unlike Boxer in that
he does not believe in the Revolution, nor in any-
thing else , except that life is hard. Whatever poli-
tical question he is asked , he replies only that
" Donkeys live a long time" and " None of you
has ever seen a dead donkey " He survives.
The pigeons spread the word of Rebelilon beyond
the farm .
Moses the Raven , who does no work , but tells
comforting tales of the wonderful Sugarcandy
Animal Farm is a story about a revolution
for an ideal , and about how that ideal is
increasingly betrayed until it disappears
altogether from the new society after the
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