Witnessing Hitler’s and Stalin’s movements from afar, as well as fighting totalitarianism in the Spanish Civil War, Orwell came to believe in the rise of a new species of autocrat, worse even than the tyrants of old.
This cynicism is reflected in both of his highly successful novels, .
Most notably, even when the windmill is finished it is used for milling corn instead of its original purpose of supplying the animals with electricity in their stalls.
From the very beginning of the novel, we become aware of education’s role in stratifying Animal Farm’s population.
is a satire of totalitarian governments in their many guises.
But Orwell composed the book for a more specific purpose: to serve as a cautionary tale about Stalinism.After all, even if another Rebellion were to take place, its leaders would eventually come to emulate Napoleon.According to Baker, technology turned out to be the force freeing people from Orwell’s age of dictators.The following Battle of the Windmill represents World War II itself.Despite his fairy-tale clarity in satirizing some historical events, Orwell is less specific about others.Orwell emphasizes the insidiousness of totalitarianism early in the novel, when the pigs take the fresh milk and apples.The pigs justify their actions on the basis of their superiority; they are smart and need more nutrition than the other animals to fuel their brainpower.These ambiguities help the reader focus on the overall satire of Stalinism and the broader warning about the evils of totalitarian government.’s 1996 Signet Classics version, Orwell’s pessimism stemmed from his having grown up in an age of dictatorship.Orwell cements this idea in the book’s final scene, where he writes, “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike.No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs.