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Explain what you believe is Orwell's opinion of communism.

The novel Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, is a satire of the Russian revolution and is written as a fable. Orwell uses real characters and events of the revolution to base the story and it's characters on. The novel portrays Orwell's opinion of communism through the actions and events that take place on a farm and their consequences. He also illustrates how easily capitalism can fall apart. He shows that neither capitalism nor communism can ever work for everyone and some people will always suffer. Orwell illustrates how, because communism can never work, Stalin came to power. He shows that people will always be naturally greedy and take advantage of positions of power. Animal farm is written with symbols to represent to various groups and individuals who played a part in the Russian revolution. This makes it easy to understand for all ages, though is still sophisticated enough to keep all ages interested.

Thefirst chapters of Animal Farm are intended to show Orwell's opinion on capitalism. It is hinted that Manor Farm was once very well run and all animals had been treated decently by Mr Jones. In recent years the farm has fallen upon harder times and many of the crops are failing. Thefirst to suffer the consequences are the animals. This is a direct representation of the great depression of the 1930's. Orwell makes his feelings on the Czar, represented in the book by'man', very clear through Old Major's speech; "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving and the rest he keeps for himself." In Animal Farm Jones has taken up quite heavy drinking and no longer seems to really care for the farm. This shows Orwel…

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