Animal Farm Chris talamo

When a group of citizens in a country gather together to make a difference, the situation can turn hostile. Without question, in the book “Animal Farm”, by George Orwell, the animals face a similar conflict internally.Although the book “Animal Farm”, by George Orwell, was seamlessly a fable about barn animals, it really illustrates the challenges within communist governments, such as how the Chinese government faced the peaceful protests in the spring of 1989.

In this novel, a group of farm animals on manor farm are fed up with farmer Jones’s unfair treatment, and decide to revolt. When the animals gained their freedom, they needed to find out how to govern themselves.

When a community tries to make a difference, there can be a struggle for power.

The novel, “Animal Farm” addresses my research topic because the whole story is built around the government and how it is run in a communist fashion. In China, there was a struggle for power in the government during the spring of 1989.

When the animals gained their freedom from human oppression, the pigs were set as the leaders of the farm on account of how intelligent they were. All of the other animals trusted them because they believed that whatever they did was for the good of the farm. Over time, the pigs took more and more power, and control the other animals using propaganda and deception. In addition, the pigs kept on insisting that if they keep working, things will be better. The main mindset of all the animals is that life is not as bad as when they were under human control.

When the animals gained their freedom from human oppression, the pigs were set as the leaders of the farm on account of how intelligent they were. All of the other animals trusted them because they believed that whatever they did was for the good of the farm. Over time, the pigs took more and more power, and control the other animals using propaganda and deception. In addition, the pigs kept on insisting that if they keep working, things will be better. The main mindset of all the animals is that life is not as bad as when they were under human control.

In the end of the book, the pigs take on human customs and act like humans, carrying around whips and treating the animals much worse than before.

From the pig’s point of view, they are trying to make the animals work so they can be pampered, and they can have high numbers of their produce. In addition, the pigs aspire to be more like men, or even better than they were by getting them to do more work.

During spring 1989, there was an up-rise among students fighting for political reform. The people wanted to have democracy, as opposed to the communist government they currently had. Student leaders led peaceful protests all across the country, trying to make a difference.

Finally, nearing the end of May, there was a huge gathering in Tiananmen Square. Throughout the weeks prior, the peaceful protest grew and grew, filling the whole square. By June 3rd, the government took action. Tanks filled the streets, opening fire on and forcing out people in the square. Many student leaders were arrested, and it is unknown how many people were injured.

This became known as the “Tiananmen Square Massacre”. Although this event was significant in China’s history, the main event seen worldwide was the video of a man blocking a column of tanks from continuing. He signified the resilience of the public, and how they should stand up to the suppression.

From the Chinese government’s perspective, they think that they have no other choice, and they need to clear out the square from the “threatening” crowd. They also believed that any other country, ESPECIALLY the United States, would react in the same way faster than they did.

The Tiananmen Square Massacre relates to my topic because in both situations, the government took too much power to keep control over the people of the country.

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