When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleonassume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion. The animals revolt, driving the drunken, irresponsible farmer Mr.
It is also worth mentioning that despite efforts to teach them to read, many were unable to learn and thus they could be taken advantage more often. In this case the working class is ignorant because they cannot read and even more oblivious because they are unwilling Animal farm and 1984 see that it was still a violation, even if it was to root out a possible traitor.
The working class, represented by the majority of the animals, are shown to be at the lowest end of the spectrum throughout the book.
In many ways, Boxer is a symbol for the whole of the working class, not just in the novel but in real life as it has occurred throughout history. This would have been seen as an ultimate treachery among the animals—an act of pure brutality on the part of the humans even though it is later another animal who does it to him.
The reader is not focused so much on the actual death of Boxer necessarily, but at the hypocrisy that surrounds it. It shows the other workers that even though he was committed to the ideals proposed by the leadership, he was expendable once his purpose was served.
The social stratification that began with the overthrowing of Mr. Jones has once again worked itself out and come full circle and again, it seems that there must be a leader and some degree of oppression in order for society to function.
This is made even more complicated by the fact that there is not a natural dominance of animals except for the fact of education and rhetoric. It might be natural for some of the animals to be followers while others are leaders, but the skillful speech of Squealer makes the playing field even more unbalanced.
The pigs, under the cruel eye of Napoleon and with the silver tongue of Squealer, are able to maintain control through one mouthpiece. At one point, after the pigs have violated one of the commandments about not sleeping in beds like humans, everything is clarified with the working class with a simple statement by Squealer.
You did not suppose, surely, that there was ever a ruling against beds? A bed merely means a place to sleep in. A pile of straw in a stall is a bed, properly regarded.
While it would have been easy for the animals the working class to rise up against this hair-splitting, they merely agree that Squealer is right. In the end, it seems that the masses are prone to believing anything as long as it is put to them well enough.
Furthermore, it shows the process of social stratification as it happens by demonstrating how the weaker parties can fall victim to those who are more powerful—even if the power lies in words. While there are a number of examples of Squealer or Napoleon turning language around to fit their own uses, there is perhaps no more powerful statement than that which twists the idea of equality itself around.
It seems as though all of the wrangling of words throughout the book mostly by Squealer or Napoleon was leading up this final moment.
Before this, only the smaller commandments were being violated such as the drinking of alcohol, for instance. By the point when this statement about equality is made, however, the lower class working animals have proved themselves to be so pliable that they will accept this twisting of the meaning of the word equality.
Jones owned the farm.
It is proposed by old Major, the white boar, when he first gathers the animals together and calls for a revolution. The problem is, this book is not necessarily about change at all. Instead it is about the ineffectuality of change when dealing with social structures.
From the first moment, when Mr. Jones is overthrown and the animals take over, the process of social stratification has begun. The working class animals are taught but are weeded out in a sense and tested with the skillful manipulation of Squealer.
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