Animal Farm Cause & Effect

When two events are said to be independent of each other this means that the probability that one event occurs in no way affects the probability of the other event occurring. In the novel written George Orwell Animal Farm is quite the opposite as the novel is packed with many underlying messages concerning itself with how one event affects the probability of a spiralling effect. The novel throughout plants many underlying messages but the ones that are felt to be most in line with cause and effect are when ‘Old Major’ realizes his life is coming to an end, this spurs him on to inspire the other younger animals to revolt against the humans so they can be freed of their deprivation, thus the Animal Farm was born. Moreover, when ‘Napoleon’ and ‘Snowball’ are put into power they come to a conflict to whose ideologies will take the animal farm in the best direction, Snowballs being, to build a windmill with which the animals could generate electricity and automate many farming tasks, bringing new comforts to the animal’s lives. Or Napoleon’s, in which the animals should attend to their current needs rather than plan for a distant future. In either situation George Orwell makes it clear that there is a certain cause in which new ideas and actions take place. And in relation, these new actions and ideas have lasting and dramatic effects on the animals lives.When the novel takes place it does a very good and thorough job at setting the reader up for the world they are about to enter. The novel is clearly a spin off of the Russian revolution and does a fine job of finding similar ground in relation to Stalin’s Russia regarding cause and effect.When Old Major gives his speech to the other animals it has great effect on them.(the cause) The animals are able to change their whole perception of reality and mentality. The part that stuck with the animals most throughout Old Major’s speech was “Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland, Beasts of every land and clime, Hearken to my joyful tiding Of the golden future time. (Chapter 1, Paragraph 19) Beasts of England stirs the emotions of the animals and fires their revolutionary idealism.(the effect) As it spreads rapidly across the region, the song gives the beasts both courage and inspiration on many occasions. I think the novel uses this song to great effect due to the fact that it is used as a universal symbol of unity/a national anthem for all animals in which this new found unity allows them to believe in themselves and no longer accept the fact that they are suffering solely due to their human oppressors.

Mr. Jones has been exploiting animals for ages, Major claims, taking all of the products of their labor eggs, milk, dung, and more for themselves and producing nothing of value to offer the animals in return. All this built up anger from the animals mixed with the new found unity of losing one of their own is a major contributing factor to why Animal Farm was even created. Without the cause of Old Major the effect of the revolution would have never been able to take place. Political rivalries are one of the most debatable and indecisive topics to be spoken of and in Animal Farm the idea is no different. After the death of Old Major the animals are at a point in time where they have no real leaders to turn to, they have just found this untaped unity and spirit but no one to lead them to their ultimate goal. Thus Snowball and Napoleon are put into power in hopes of bringing the animals to new beginnings. This could have been one of the most detrimental points in the novel due to what this cause effects down the line. The two of them clearly possess different approaches to how they want to run animal farm but no one of them is willing to compromise with their plan. In spite of this, Napoleon is not willing to sit around and debate, instead he tries to depict this image of Snowball in which he was never on the animals side but instead is evil and wants to aid Mr. Jones and the rest of the humans. Since the animals are very raw to this new patriotic world they know no better than to question Napoleon thus they side with him due to lack of knowledge or understanding, it came to a point that the song comrade Napoleon was used to praise Napoleon. The song calls him the, “fountain of happiness”. It was painted on the barn wall next to a portrait of Napoleon as well. With this the animals were given that idea that Napoleon was so grand and marvelous. It is in all these subtle actions planned by Napoleon that allowed him to manipulate all the animals to make them think he was the superior animal to lead them into the next era of their lives. Overall, if there was never a debate to whose ideology was more logical for the animals (the cause) Napoleon would have never set up all this propaganda set out to make Snowball look bad. (the effect)

In all, Animal Farm is a novel that not only provides an interesting and immersive story, but it does all this while tackling real world issues, alongside the cause and effects these issues can arise. The two main causes and effects that happen within the novel are when Old Major realizes his life is coming to an end he is determined to not leave the animals in the same state of use and abuse while he is gone. In such, he spurs them on to inspire the other younger animals to revolt against the humans so they can be freed of their deprivation. Also, Napoleon and Snowball getting put into power arises a conflict to whose ideologies will take the animal farm in the best direction, Snowballs, to build a windmill with which the animals could generate electricity and automate many farming tasks, bringing new comforts to the animal’s lives. Or Napoleon’s, in which the animals should attend to their current needs rather than plan for a distant future. Nevertheless, the novel challenges readers with harsh but real underlying messages/ themes and it is in the reader’s interest to determine what lessons there is to gain from all these underlying messages.

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