http://global.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/551569/socialismSocialism is quite similar to communism, but less controlling and more effective. Socialism was all about equality, it was based on that the society should work together in cooperation to provide resources and such to support the community as a whole, everyone has to contribute to earn something. There is a sort of private ownership in this ideology, unlike communism, but limited to basic necessities like a home, food, water, but everything is shared amongst the community (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2013).
How does socialism link to animal farm?
1. Everyone in the community is equal.
2. The community works together cooperatively to produce the things necessary for it to run, the products are shared equally amongst the community members, everyone has to contribute.
a) All animals are equal (the last commandment).
b) The animals all worked in the farm, the products they produced were all shared amongst the animals and they received an equal ration of food.
Socialism is seen more at the front of the story in Animal Farm, it appeared when the revolution took place but it was slowly cast aside and the farm was eventually run with fascism. The most important commandment, all animals are equal, that was set down by the animals is an obvious sign of socialism in the farm. After that we can tell from the way the farm is run, it is also based on socialism, the animals were happy and were proud, they still worked hard but they got what they worked for. It was not until Napoleon started to abuse his power that the animals became overworked and unhappy.
GEORGE ORWELL'S EFFECT
Orwell chose this to represent his support for socialism because we can feel in the book that the animals were happy at first when the farm was still a socialist place. But when the farm started to become more and more fascist, we can see the animals lives slowly degrading and their spirit slowly fading away. He used the events in the book to show that socialism is a good ideology and that everyone can benefit from it, even though we cannot have everything to ourselves, working together and getting the same distribution of resources is a perk and can make everyones lives happy and better.