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Animal Farm book vs movie

            George Orwell's novel Animal Farm does an excellent job of drawing parallels from the situation leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Animal Farm is a satire that uses its characters to symbolize leaders of the Russian Revolution. It shows the potential for evil that exists in every person. Unfortunately, the Animal Farm movie doesn't support Orwell's societal views as well as the book does.
             The different ways that the movie and book tell the story result in the movie not retaining Orwell's true message. The movie opens with Jessie, who is one of the farm dogs, reflecting on all that had occurred on the farm. The movie followed too closely with its narrator Jessie, so the viewer becomes emotionally attached to one animal in particular. The book tells a much more detailed version of the story, and shows the ways in which a variety of the animals were oppressed by the pigs. Additionally, the movie shows Napoleon start to become corrupt immediately after the animals" revolt against Mr. Jones is complete. A definite separation between Napoleon and Snowball becomes evident. The book however, takes the time to develop the story more and it took some time before Napoleon began to abuse his powers. This is more realistic and similar to the way people would act in a similar situation. The movie took a far too cinematic and fairy tale-like approach to the Animal Farm story and lacks the passion that comes through in the book.
             In addition, the video ends on a positive note, which is quite the opposite feeling the conclusion of the book gives. Jessie and a few of the other animals that fled from Napoleon return to animal farm to discover he has been overthrown. The animals now have a new beginning and hope that things will get better because their oppressor is no longer in power. With the farm coming under new ownership, the movie implies that the worst is over and the animals will be able to live the rest of their days in happiness.

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