History Literature / AnimalFarm

9th May '18 4:50:27 PM BatmanKalEl
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The pigs tend to be power-hungry and SelfishEvil, especially Napoleon. Those who aren't corrupt end up dead: the genuinely idealistic Old Major dies before the revolution even happens, and any pigs who oppose Napoleon get purged along with all the other dissidents. Snowball is more AmbiguouslyEvil, but he gets run off the farm pretty quickly once Napoleon decides he's a threat.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The pigs tend to be power-hungry and SelfishEvil, especially Napoleon. Those who aren't corrupt end up dead: the genuinely idealistic Old Major dies before the revolution even happens, and any pigs who oppose Napoleon get purged along with all the other dissidents. Snowball is more AmbiguouslyEvil, zigzags between AmbiguouslyEvil and WellIntentionedExtremist, but he gets run off the farm pretty quickly once Napoleon decides he's a threat.
26th Mar '18 6:15:20 AM Estvyk
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* {{Hypocrite}}: The pigs, but especially Napoleon who hoards sugar for himself, not even sharing it with the other pigs, because it will make them fat.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: The pigs, but especially Napoleon who hoards sugar for himself, not even sharing it with the other pigs, because it will make them fat. Even before Snowball is driven off, the pigs already hoard milk and apples for themselves.
26th Mar '18 6:09:27 AM Estvyk
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* CrowdSong: ''Beasts of England'' is one; it's change to ''Animal Farm'' and later ''Comrade Napoleon'' reflects the change of anthem in the Soviet from ''The Internationale'' to the ''Hymn of the Soviet Union'', which itself reflected the change from socialist internationalism to Stalin's "socialism in one country".

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* CrowdSong: ''Beasts of England'' is one; it's its change to ''Animal Farm'' and later ''Comrade Napoleon'' reflects the change of anthem in the Soviet from ''The Internationale'' to the ''Hymn of the Soviet Union'', which itself reflected the change from socialist internationalism to Stalin's "socialism in one country".country". It's sung to a tune which is said to be a cross between "La Cucaracha" and "My Darling Clementine". Indeed, the lyrics fit with both tunes.
21st Mar '18 1:47:48 PM KingLyger
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* FullCircleRevolution: Most of the pigs stage one of the best known examples of the trope in western literature. It's the core theme of the novel.

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* FullCircleRevolution: The CentralTheme of the novel. Most of the pigs stage one end up just as oppressive and greedy as the humans they drove out, using propaganda, lies, and deceit to get their way. The rest of the best known examples of animals end up even worse off than before, and they can no longer tell apart the trope in western literature. It's pigs and the core theme of the novel.humans.
21st Mar '18 1:37:43 PM KingLyger
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* TheBadGuyWins: But not in either film adaptations.

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* TheBadGuyWins: But not in either In the original story, the pigs become just as oppressive and cruel as the humans ever were. The film adaptations.adaptations feature {{Bittersweet Ending}}s of varying sweetness.
13th Mar '18 8:14:42 PM SprayPay
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!! Tropes in ''Animal Farm'':

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!! Tropes in ''Animal Farm'':
All tropes are equal, but some are more equal than others:
5th Mar '18 8:58:15 PM catstuxedo
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* MeetTheNewBoss: The ending of the novel is the animals slow realization that they can no longer tell the difference between the pigs and the humans. Metaphorically, this is Orwell's declaration that Stalinism was essentially just another form of conservative capitalism, keeping down the working classes (or the other animals). Which explains why they had to change it for the movies, of course.
* MoodWhiplash: What was supposed to be a tragic moment in the film, as old Major dies getting accidentally shot in the head by Farmer Jones right before his cause is fulfilled, becomes pure {{Narm}} when he ''falls off the roof of the barn, does a triple backflip, and crashes dead in a haystack.''

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* MeetTheNewBoss: The ending of the novel is the animals slow realization that they can no longer tell the difference between the pigs and the humans. Metaphorically, this is Orwell's declaration that Stalinism was essentially just another form of conservative capitalism, keeping down socialism that exploits the working classes (or the other animals). Which explains why they had non-pig animals) it claims to change it for the movies, of course.
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* MoodWhiplash: What was supposed to be a tragic moment in the live-action film, as old Old Major dies getting accidentally shot in the head by Farmer Jones right before his cause is fulfilled, becomes pure {{Narm}} when he ''falls falls off the roof of the barn, does a triple backflip, and crashes dead in a haystack.''
16th Feb '18 1:47:59 PM BatmanKalEl
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* CounterfeitMoney: Mr. Frederick bought timber from Napoleon with banknotes. They were discovered to be fake and Napoleon got so mad, that he declared a death sentence on him.

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* CounterfeitMoney: CounterfeitCash: Mr. Frederick bought timber from Napoleon with banknotes. They were discovered to be fake and Napoleon got so mad, that he declared a death sentence on him.
14th Feb '18 5:00:10 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The pigs tend to be SelfishEvil, especially Napoleon, who believe themselves to be the leaders of the farm. Possibly averted with Old Major, who dies before he gets a chance to wield any power. Snowball is ''not'' an aversion - being nicer than Napoleon still leaves plenty of room for being corrupt.
** It is stated that some pigs do protest against the regime... and promptly get offed.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The pigs tend to be power-hungry and SelfishEvil, especially Napoleon, Napoleon. Those who believe themselves to be aren't corrupt end up dead: the leaders of the farm. Possibly averted with genuinely idealistic Old Major, who Major dies before he gets a chance to wield the revolution even happens, and any power. pigs who oppose Napoleon get purged along with all the other dissidents. Snowball is ''not'' an aversion - being nicer than more AmbiguouslyEvil, but he gets run off the farm pretty quickly once Napoleon still leaves plenty of room for being corrupt.
** It is stated that some pigs do protest against the regime... and promptly get offed.
decides he's a threat.
27th Jan '18 7:08:17 PM MackWylde
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* CentralTheme: The corruption of communism. Its also a satirical/symbolic take on the rise of Stalin.
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