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What conditions are needed for revolution to occur? Based on your readings so far, what is the single most significant factor leading the animals to revolution?
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, farm animals revolt against Mr Jones and the other humans on the farm to get the lifestyle they want. After years of mistreatment, the animals finally decide that it is time to rise up against the power that commands them as they are tired of the life they live. The farm owners are living luxuriously and for the animals on the farm life is “miserable, laborious, and short”(2). The animals are forced to “work to the last atom of our[their] strength” and are “given just so much food as will keep the breath in our [their] bodies” (2). In the animals eyes, the “life of an animal is misery and slavery”(2). For the animals this unhappiness is what pushes them towards revolution. They are sick of being taken advantage of by humans. They are sick of being miserable, hungry and having to constantly work. They are sick of living the life they live when they understand that their lives could be better without man. Working hard and having “nearly the whole of the produce of our[their] labour” stolen from them, is not how they enjoy themselves (2). The most significant factor that leads the animals to revolution is the vision of life without humans and therefore life without misery. The animals have a glance and idea of how brilliant life would be without humans and how they could get a more luxurious life through rebellion.