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First, this story highlights the relationship between the working class, proletarians, and the aristocracy, bourgeoisie, within the context of a capitalist society. As farm animals, they work not for themselves, but for the profit of someone else and they are only fed and rested enough so that they can perform more work. And when the animals are no longer productive, they are killed off and replaced. This relationship, though easily illustrated through farm animals, is applicable to social classes today. Socialist theory argues that for the rich to be rich, there must be a working class that is poor. This is clearly illustrated not only on a national level, but a worldwide level as well. Ideally, it might be nice to picture a world where people own what they work for. That every person contributes and takes equally. But as the story develops, readers see more of why this type of utopian society cannot exist, an example of a communist system trying to exist in a capitalist world. The animals are protected within the boundaries of their socialist farm and they thrive under this system of equality. But soon, they are forced to interact with the outside world and that’s when communism turns into something else. It becomes a totalitarian society under the rule of one leader. And slowly readers see that for socialism to work under a communist rule, everyone, even those outside of the community, has to be under the same system. Lastly, this story demonstrates the power of knowledge and how the uneducated and ignorant can be easily manipulated. Squealer will often twist words and events around to make Napoleon look good. And while it may seem obvious as readers to see the manipulation, this sort of thing happens in real life too. The public can oftentimes be misinformed and manipulated about certain issues if they are ignorant about it. Facts and events that seem so concrete may not actually be true. Nowadays, it’s often up to individuals to find out for themselves.

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