Animal Farm's Cultural Assumptions #1
Lately I have been reading the classic book 'Animal Farm' in English this term. In this book I have noticed that the author tells in the story that if you are more intelligent than you are more powerful. The author has shown this through the plot of the story. Firstly, Napoleon, whom is the protagonist, tells everyone that the pigs need all the mil for themselves as they are the smartest and need the milk so they can think better, this is shown through a quote in the book, "Milk and Apples contain substances absolutely necessary to the well - being of a pig". Later towards the middle of the book Napoleon takes the nine newly born puppies and trains them up to be his body guards, meaning if the animals disagree with him he'll send the dogs on them, the dogs are shown as tough and menacing through a quote in the book, "and nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for Snowball". Two chapters after Snowball was chased out of the farm by the dogs, the windmill that was being built was knocked over and Napoleon decreed that the windmill shall be rebuilt no matter what rain, hail or shine. The animals went along to rebuild the windmill even though it was a near impossible task but if they didn't they were killed, this is shown in a quote in the book, "This very morning we begin rebuilding the windmill, and we will build it all through winter, rain or shine". Personally I think that what Napoleon is wrong because as the leader he is making all the animals think his decisions are for the benefit of them, when really the pigs are selfish and take all the good stuff. Also he gets distracted with making all the selfish decisions that he gets blinded from the important, serious issues.
With Napoleon being a selfish leader I find that George Orwell was trying to portray that at the time this book was written, during the cold war in 1943, that people believed that you had power if you were smart. I think this was because people had to be smart during the war to stay safe and leaders needed good strategies for attacks.
Other characters within the book are stereotyped, liked Boxer. Boxer is a strong horse who doesn't stop working and always repeats his motto "I will work harder!". This shows, back in George Orwell's Time, that if you are strong you do more work than the others and this is perfectly portrayed through Boxer.
Throughout this book I think George Orwell is trying to show that if someone is smart and has power doesn't mean they'll make the right decisions. Also that if someone is smart and knows a lot doesn't mean you should follow their every command without thought.