Violence in Orwell’s Animal Farm

Often the contemplation of using force to change a circumstance might seem the answer to achieving a goal, but it lingers in the mind. When the force for change moves from a thought into action, it takes on a whole different set of circumstances. The circumstances ofthese actions can cause great conflict and eventually grow violent. This unfolding of thoughts turned action is not very far off from the norm in our society. When one becomes so intent on making a change, any means will usually be used, even if it results in a violent outcome in order to accomplish an ideal. The media bombards us with stories of individuals who have taken this course of action. But, have they truly succeeded in their goal? Did the use of violence get them what they wanted? Throughout the novel, Animal Farm, George Orwell makes every effort to convince his audience that violence doesn’t change anything in the long term. As a matter of fact, it only breeds more violence as a means to achieve change.

The animals were convinced an act of rebellion would bring about the changes they all hoped for, a better life that would free them from the oppression and neglect that humans inflicted upon them all. “Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.” (4) Surely, an uprising would help accomplish their goal, after all, things couldn’t be any worse, “But no animal escapes the cruel knife in the end” (6), or could it?The animals’ actions of violence against man to free themselves seemed to work, however when the pigs begin to take control of the farm, they become victims of their own devices, looking out for their own selfish interests, trying to behave like humans by having supreme power over the other animals. “The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others” (23). Orwell initially illustrates a clear conflict between man and animal, however, as the story unfolds, the resoluti…

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