05 Jan An Allegory of a free-thinking society
Since Mawonaj focuses on free-thinking society, it seems appropriate to begin this blog with Animal Farm , an allegory of a fractional and divided society run by animals which mirrors the Russian revolution and its totalitarianism nature, written by George Orwell.
“Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies. Man serves the interests of no other creature except himself. And among us let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle. All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.” –George Orwell, Animal Farm, p.10, 1945.
Animal Farm tells the tale of barnyard animals thriving to manage themselves for their own gain after rebelling against their master, but before long the animals start behaving and dressing like the humans, and the pigs propel themselves to the top of the social ladder, tyrannizing the rest of the animals, which demonstrates how good intentions can be subverted into despotism. Thus the animals inherit the toxic nature that initially inspires the rebellion.
The story exposes the illusion of a true struggle between animals and humans. It pinpoints the well-being of the animals against the profit of humanity, a Marxist point of view through the lens of Old Major, one of the protagonist who recognizes the miserable conditions and imbalanced environment and encourages his fellows creatures to rebel.
“The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth. But is this simply part of the order of nature?… No, comrades, a thousand times no!… Why then do we continue in this miserable condition? Because nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us by human beings” (Orwell 1945, 7).
Orwell develops the animals in the novel masterfully, honing in on the age old message that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. When given a taste of power, the pigs are met with an insatiable hunger that propels them into tyranny far worse than the Farmer. As the pigs progressively blur the line between man and beast, the other animals are forced to follow suit, with many still unbeknownst the fact that they are once again enslaved.