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Animal Farm: Through The Eyes of Injustice

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Siham Karamali

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Transcript of Animal Farm: Through The Eyes of Injustice

A prominent theme within Animal Farm is the misuse of power as a means for control, accumulation of wealth, etc.
Napoleon and the pigs abused their position of leadership, manipulating the working class animals for their own benefit


" Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer-except, of course the pigs and the dogs." (Orwell, 86)
Analysis of Quote
Napoleon and the pigs created a divide amongst the animals (working class vs. upper class)
With their position of power, they manipulated and exploited the animals, profiting from their laborious efforts
the farm had gotten richer without making the animals themselves any richer-except, of course the pigs
" (86)
While the working class animals were barely given any food and were forced to work in dangerous conditions, the pigs were accumulating more money which was traded for luxurious items like alcohol, etc.
As the "rich were getting richer, the poor were getting poorer"

Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are.
You well heeled big wheel, ha ha charade you are.
And when your hand is on your heart,
You're nearly a good laugh,
Almost a joker,
With your head down in the pig bin,
Saying "keep on digging",
Pig stain on your fat chin [...]
ha ha charade you are, you're trying to keep our feelings off the street [...]
you gotta stem the evil tide, and keep it all inside."
The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they assumed the leadership.
" (Orwell, 17)

Pigs were considered more intelligent and possessed leadership qualities which made them appear to be more respectable
Through this facade, Napoleon was able to brainwash the animals and achieved civil obedience from the animals
Animals blindly followed due to the assumed knowledge that the pigs claimed they had
From this, the pigs abused their power , leaving the animals to do all the work, while they took the wealth gained from the working class

This work was strictly voluntary, " This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.
" (40)

Animal Farm appeared to be progressing in the eyes of the other animals, but in actuality, the pigs were misusing their power for their own personal/monetary gain
Napoleon pretended to give the animals choices and rights (" This work was strictly voluntary") that originated from Animalism
However, he would deduct necessities in order to gain civil obedience from the working class ("-but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.")
Animal Farm: Through The Eyes of Injustice
Exploring the Abuse of Power Within The Novella and Society
Written by Roger Waters
pigs are compared to men ( in Animal Farm, the working class animals could no longer distinguish the pigs from Farmer Jones)
Napoleon masked off his evil intentions through propaganda/limitations for the working class as to gain civil obedience
In Animal Farm, the animals were ordered by the pigs and had to endure harsh working conditions
Those who did not work had their food rations reduced to half
The pigs abused their leadership, making the animals complete all the laborious tasks while they simply watched and profited from the animals
Napoleon suppressed any voices or opposition that could reveal his true nature
He assigned his guard dogs to chase Snowball away from the farm
He re-educated the animals to obey authority
He acted as a demagogue to appeal to their emotions as to avoid any questioning/suspicion
Unmasking Corruption in Liverpool
In society today, many politicians and leaders propagate certain ideals (Animalism in the novella), but in secrecy, they use their own position of control in order to manipulate the masses as to benefit themselves
The artwork is ironic as the mask is shown as a human face, while the underlying identity that should be a face is masked
Similarly, in Animal Farm, Napoleon and the pigs appeared to be leading the farm to prosperity (accumulated wealth on the farm), however, in reality, their actions were to benefit themselves (pigs were the only ones who had an improved quality of life)

1. Orwell, George. Animal Farm (Signet Classics). New York: Signet Classics, 2004. Print.
2. Cross, Jessica. "Toronto Police Officer Punched Man He Carded in a Case of ‘street Justice,’ Judge Finds." 12 May 2015. Web. 24 May 2015.
3. "Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption in Liverpool." Artinliverpoolcom. Web. 24 May 2015.
4. " 'Pigs (Three Different Ones)' Lyrics." PINK FLOYD LYRICS. Web. 24 May 2015.

Abuse Of Power : Police Brutality
Abuse Of Power: Police Brutality
" Judge says officer doled out 'street justice', awards victim $27K"
QUOTATION: " A Toronto cop doled out illegal "street justice" to a black man who'd done nothing wrong, a judge has found. Superior Court Justice Fredrick L. Myers censured the cop who stopped, carded, punched, searched, and detained the innocent man." (Cross)
The officer abused his position of power; as an officer, he is granted authority to arrest/detain suspected individuals with justification
However, he used his job description as a way to harass an innocent man simply because of the colour of his skin (any personal convictions should not interfere with the safety of others)
There are regulations that even police officers must abide by as to respect the comfort and privacy of others
In Animal Farm, the "police" force was Napoleon's attack dogs who abused their authority to eliminate Snowball from the opposition
Snowball was innocent and their actions were not justified (it was simply of their own personal gain)
QUOTATION: " Myers, in a decision released Thursday, said the officer violated the man's rights and shattered his faith in the rule of law."
As a result, the victim became fearful of the police and lost faith in the accordance of the law
Police uphold a very high position in society as they are responsible for the safety of civilians
Civilians depend and trust the police, thus if they abuse their authority, it will spark fear in the victims and they will feel violated like Mutaz Elmarady had felt in this case
Some individuals may even tolerate this injustice out of fear that they may also be victimized
In Animal Farm, because the pigs abused their leadership, the animals were exploited and faced many struggles
When they finally discovered this reality, they felt violated and used by their governing class
They lost faith in the essence of Animalism that had led them astray
Mutaz Elmarady was walking home with his hands in his pockets when he was suddenly stopped by an officer and carded (ask for identification to check legal age)
When he refused, the cop began to punch, kick, and handcuff him, going so far as to throw him against the ice
There was no evidence whatsoever to prove that Elmarady could be a suspect of possible criminal activity
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