Symbolism in Animal Farm-CSEC English B


In Animal Farm by George Orwell, various symbols are used to convey deeper themes and concepts. Here’s an explanation of the symbols you’ve mentioned:

  1. Windmill:

    • Representation: The windmill symbolizes the pigs’ propaganda and manipulation. Initially proposed by Snowball as a means of providing the farm with electricity, it becomes a symbol of progress and a better future for all the animals.
    • Significance: As the pigs modify the original purpose of the windmill, using it for their own comfort rather than benefiting all animals, it reflects the corruption and betrayal of the revolution’s ideals.
  2. The Name of the Farm (Animal Farm):

    • Representation: The name “Animal Farm” symbolizes the animals’ rebellion against human oppression and their aspiration for equality and self-governance.
    • Significance: Ironically, as the pigs take control and the farm transforms, the name becomes a symbol of the betrayal of the animals’ initial ideals. The farm becomes more like the human-run farms it sought to escape.
  3. Jones’ Rifle:

    • Representation: Jones’ rifle symbolizes the oppressive power of humans and how they control the animals through fear and force.
    • Significance: The rifle serves as a tool of authority and control. Its disappearance early in the story represents the animals’ rebellion against human dominance. However, its rediscovery later highlights the return of oppressive tactics.
  4. Flag:

    • Representation: The flag represents the original ideals of Animalism and the principles of equality and solidarity among the animals.
    • Significance: As the pigs manipulate the commandments and become indistinguishable from humans, the flag transforms, reflecting the corrupted values of the pigs. The changing flag is a visual representation of the changing principles on the farm.
  5. Old Major’s Skull:

    • Representation: Old Major’s skull symbolizes the loss of the original vision and purity of Animalism. It is a reminder of the ideals that sparked the rebellion.
    • Significance: The skull serves as a stark contrast to the original vision of a utopian society. Its presence, mounted on a stake, signifies the perversion of Old Major’s ideas and the betrayal of the animals by the pigs who now rule the farm.

These symbols contribute to the allegorical nature of Animal Farm, highlighting the complexities of power, corruption, and the distortion of ideals in the pursuit of authority.

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