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North Korea vs Animal Farm

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Societal Connections Between North Korea and Animal Farm Leaders Abusing Power Napoleon uses his new status to gain a lot more power than the other animals in a society where everyone is supposed to be equal. Napoleon and the other pigs begin to trade with humans for the benefit of themselves. Napoleon starts to use human items including sleeping in human beds, wearing human clothes, and drinking alcohol. While no other animals are allowed to engage in these activities. Napoleon continues to alter the commandments to benefit himself, without telling the other animals. One example is when he changed the commandment "No animal shall sleep in a bed " to "No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets" (Orwell 67). This allows him and the other pigs to sleep in Mr. Jones' bed. Abuse of Power North Korea Kim Jong Il used military weapons and supplies for personal use, such as kidnapping women. Like Napoleon in Animal Farm, during Kim Jong Il's dictatorship, he took advantage of the general society in many ways. He took away many basic human rights. In many instances, he took those rights and gave himself extra luxuries. In Kim Jong Il's attempt to quit smoking cigarettes, he made the entire country quit for a period of time. Cigarettes were no longer sold in stores. Under the power of Kim Jong Il, international treaties were often broke. Examples are the launching of missiles and possession of illegal weaponry. Freedom Limitations Animal Farm In the novel Animal Farm, the animal's freedoms were limited when Mr. Jones ran the farm. But they found themselves even more limited when Napoleon took over the farm. The animals were forced to work under Napoleon, with little reward. Even after the farm's hardest worker (Boxer) grew old and was injured, he was sold to be slaughtered. Compared to the happy retirement he envisioned. The animals had no ability to question the authority of Napoleon. Any actions that took place, went unquestioned. Partly because of Squealer, who persuaded the animals that Napoleon was right. If authority was questioned, often times that animal was killed or punished. The naive Boxer trusted Napoleon so much he even developed the motto "Napoleon is always right"(Orwell 40). Freedom Limitations North Korea Much like the Animal Farm, there were many freedom limitations in North Korea. Basic freedoms that we take for granite are taken away from this country. Similar to the Animal Farm, the average citizen is unable to leave their country. The Media in North Korea is government run. eliminating their freedom of press. The media often involves propaganda, similar to Squealer in Animal Farm Like the animals in Animal Farm, citizens were unable to choose their leader. North Koreans are able to vote at the age of 17, but there is only one party running. The Use of Violent Tactics Animal Farm One of the main reasons Napoleon kept in power was the use of violent tactics to strike fear in the animals. Napoleon really set off his dictatorship by banishing Snowball from the farm. Napoleon used the dogs to chase him out. The Hens on the farm were being overproduced for eggs. The Hens began to "strike" and no longer produce eggs. After being cut short of food, eventually some of the Hens were executed. A commandment was even altered to make these executions sound more acceptable to the animals of the farm. The commandment went from "No Animal shall kill another animal" to "No Animal shall kill another animal without cause"(Orwell 91). Execution became more common on the farm. Any disloyalty at all would result in execution. Animals would often be forced to confess to things the didn't even do. The executions took place to keep fear in the animals. The Use of Violent Tactics North Korea Executions and violence are common between the North Korean government and the general public. Little people ever went against the government, in fear of being killed. Executions could take place for many things. one including expressing your religion. You may be executed for distrusting bibles. People were also executed for simple, basic things as well. Such as international calls or hoarding food Similar to Napoleon in Animal Farm, Kim Jong Il used violence to strike fear in the public. Often Public executions would take place in large stadiums, one we use for activities like sports. An estimated 1,600,000 million people have been killed for political reasons under Kim Jong Il's rule ("executions")". This is almost three times the population of the Madison area. The Borders of Korea being patrolled.
An attempt to escape often leads to an immediate death. Government Propaganda Animal Farm Propaganda was one the main reasons Napoleon was able to stay in power. Squealer being his main source. The average animal would believe squealers statements. Much like propaganda today. In Animal Farm, Squealer tricks the animals into thinking that the pigs need more milk and food than the rest of society for the benefit of the whole farm. Napoleon convinces the rest of the farm that snowball is the cause of all of the farms problem. Including the destruction of a windmill they built, that was really destroyed by a storm. When the commandments kept getting altered, the animals would question the authority. Squealer just told the animals that they have always been like that, and its their poor memory. Government Propaganda North Korea How could a dictator as crazy as Kim Jong Il stay in power? The answer would be propaganda. Kim Jong Il has full control of all media in North Korea and is able to give the public all sorts of misleading information. Even things as crazy as him altering the weather. When mysterious air messages promoting democracy arrived in some areas of North Korea, the government released a statement saying that these messages will burn your hands if picked up. Propaganda is used in North Korea to create enemies by accusing them of crazy things. Similar to Napoleon accusing Snowball of many actions. One recent example is an article written by Rodong Sinmun released in North Korea claiming that the Newton shooting was an example of the "Corrupt Society" America is ("Young"). North Korea often tries to establish the USA as an enemy through propaganda. With constant messages to the public the America is planning an invasion, or shooting missiles at North Korea. By Dan Dombrowski http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204824/ http://sppiblog.org/news/can-we-really-call-climate-science-a-science http://en.rian.ru/images/17291/23/172912393.jpg http://www.glogster.com/devilcookie4/animal-farm-peer-pressure-/g-6matnu1tj1ooleg3e1uhka0 http://www.calebwilde.com/2011/12/jesus-vs-kim-jong-il/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7531260.stm http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2009/07/george-orwell-and-animal-farm/ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef015392b3e8a3970b-600wi http://www.freepressers.com/2011/11/video-backs-reports-n-koreas-military-ordered-to-shoot-to-kill-refugees-escaping-into-china/ http://worldlitup.com/2011/01/29/borderline-personalities/ Works Cited Orwell, George. Animal Farm (Penguin Modern Classics). New York: Penguin Books Ltd, 2000
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"North Korea Uses Newtown Shootings to Denounce America." NK News North Korea News RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
"Video Backs Reports N. Koreaâuc0uc0 Military Ordered to Shoot to Kill Refugees Escaping into China." Video Backs Reports N. Koreaâuc0uc0 Military Ordered to Shoot to Kill Refugees Escaping into China. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
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"World Report 2012: North Korea | Human Rights Watch." World Report 2012: North Korea | Human Rights Watch. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. Quiz 1. What is one example of Kim Jong Il putting limitations on the public's freedom. 2. About how many executions have taken place under the power of Kim Jong Il 3. What is the meaning of the previous propaganda poster. What is Kim Jong Il trying to say to his people?
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