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In Animal Farm, animals are used as a metaphorical representation of humans, exhibiting how human nature is flawed through being selfish, violent and lusting for power. Contextually, the novel itself is used as an allegory for the Russian Revolution of 1917, representing how a capitalist society was overcome by a flawed communist state. The pigs in Animal Farm, lead by the character of Napoleon, represent the rival revolutionists, and whilst their ideals seem desirable at first, readers are exposed to the harsh realities that such a communist state represents, as one is able to witness the tyranny that the pigs enact over not only Mr. Jones, but ultimately the rest of the animals. This is done firstly subliminally through careful doctrinarian and propaganda, then later more overtly and forcefully. '....this sudden uprising of creatures whom they were used to thrashing and maltreating just as they chose, frightened them almost out of their wits." The use of the verbs "thrashing" and "maltreating", exposes the physical abuse of power from the pigs, whilst the following phrase "frightened them to their wits", with a focus on the hyperbolic adjective "frightened", and use of the noun "wits", highlights the gravity of the impact the pigs had on the rest of the farm animals, and further supports the notion of abused power being maintained through violence and intimidation.
In Animal Farm, themes are explored through the events and characters in the novel, and are an allegory for the Russian Revolution. The theme of power, control and corruption is explored throughout the novel. The animals use their own power to take control of the farm. They gang up on Mr Jones and his men and physically kick them off the farm. The pigs use their power of speech or rhetoric to maintain their control of the other animals. '....this sudden uprising of creatures whom they were used to thrashing and maltreating just as they chose, frightened them almost out of their wits. The animals surprise the men with their 'sudden' change in behaviour- it frightens men to see the animals realizing and using the power.
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