Animal Farm Compare And Contrast Essay Essay

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Animal Farm Compare And Contrast Essay Essay, Research Paper An English writer by the name of George Orwell published a book in 1943, called Animal Farm. In the eyes of Mr. Orwell, the sole purpose of the book was to expose the Soviet myth of Russia s acclaimed socialist utopia in a way that almost anyone can comprehend. The simplicity of language in the book and the usage of animals to convey the message made it a prime candidate for a cartoon version and thus one was created. This essay will look at the differences between the book Animal Farm and it s cartoon adaptation. The three criteria which will be used as a basis of comparison are: characterization, exposition and theme. The book Animal Farm, is an allegory of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the events that

followed shortly after. In order for the reader to be able to get a firm grasp on the conditions in Russia before, during and after the revolution, George Orwell took great care in ensuring that the all the characters in the book could easily be identified with their Russian revolution counterpart. While reading the book, one should easily be able tell the parallel personality for each character because of George Orwell s very accurate descriptions of the characters. As a result, a great deal of characterization is visible in most parts of the book, as he is constantly building upon the characters. The movie Animal Farm on the other hand is quite different. In the movie, very little time (relative to the book) is spent on developing the characters. In some instances during the

movie we discover that there are some characters in the book that are not mentioned in the movie (e.g. Molly and Mrs. Jones). Also, in Animal Farm the movie, there is little dialogue among the animals, unlike the book. In the book, it is this dialogue that really helps us understand the type of regime in Russia at the time. If someone were to watch the movie but never read the book, it would probably be a lot harder to see the relationship to the Russian revolution. In the book, some of the instances that occur in Animal Farms exposition play important roles later on in the book. At the start of the book you are introduced to a flurry of thoughts and ideas that are very instrumental throughout the remainder of the book. The exposition begins with Old Major, telling the animals of

a dream he has in which all animals are free from the oppressive human regime and equal amongst each other. He is a prophet, planting the seeds of rebellion in the minds of the animals that have gathered around to listen to what he has to say. It is this powerful speech that is the catalyst for the animal revolution which occurs not too long after. In the exposition, they also sing the song Beasts of England , which becomes their national anthem and it is sung throughout the book, playing an important role later on in the book. There are many other things which occur in the exposition that become important symbolisms as the book progresses. The exposition in Animal Farm the movie is the same as the books in terms of plot, but it is different in many other ways. One must remember

that the movie is merely and adaptation of the book into film, so almost all the events that take place in the book will take place in the movie. This is the case with the exposition, yet many other key differences can be seen between the two. Firstly, exposition seemed to rush through some of the events which are very important later on in the book. For example, in the books exposition, Orwell describes many of the animals that are important to the book. In the movie s exposition, very little time is spent on developing the characters of the important animals. Also, the song Beasts of England is not sung in the exposition, unlike the book. Reiterating the statement in the last paragraph, this song plays a very pivotal role later on in the book. While reading the book, one soon