George Orwell’s allegorical novel Animal Farm was inspired by the history of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The tale centers around a group rebelling against their farm owners to make a utopian nation. Over the fighting and squabbling of the animals, there is a religious raven who resembles that of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church during the Russian Revolution. This essay will focus on the humorous relationship between Moses and the Orthodox church in the Russian Revolution. First, it is clear that the support of both the church and Moses made it difficult for authority to abolish them. Moses and the Orthodox Church demonstrate how religion can benefit a functioning society by controlling and maintaining sanity among workers and peasants by promoting preaches. Finally, both religious forces sought superior advantages by attaching themselves to forms or authority.
Animal Farm’s Moses the Raven is a symbol of organized religion that threatens socialism or communism. Moses is described as “Mr. Moses, who is called “Mr. He also implied that animals shouldn’t be concerned about building a better future for themselves by focusing only on the idea there was a paradise after death. Moses is also a priest-like figure, since Orwell 32 says that Moses was hated by the animals because he told stories but did not work. Priests don’t have to do real labour as common workers. The pigs initially found it annoying because they wanted animals to be able to see how wonderful Animal Farm was. Moses soon left the farm. He would reappear in the book later. But now things were different and the pigs didn’t want to let him go. It was hard to find out the attitude of the pigs toward Moses. All of them declared contemptuously that Moses’ stories about Sugarcandy Mountain were false, but they let him stay on the farm, and not work, with an allowance for a gill each day.” (Orwell, 88). The pigs now allow Moses to hang around because they now see the value of having their workers listen and do their jobs with minimal fuss and good behavior. Karl Marx (Orwell 16), is Old Major’s real-life equivalent. Karl Marx was the father both of Communism and Animalism. Karl Marx once said, “Religious pain is both the expression and protest against real suffering.” Religion is the sighing, heartbreaking, and soulless of the oppressed. It is the opium people need. The only way to ensure their true happiness is to abolish religion. It is their obligation to stop imagining a worse world. It is the opioid of the people. Marx refers to religion as what happens when the oppressed and the heartless need something to hold onto. Moses was not able to return to Animal Farm. We now see it as less prosperous and happier under Animalism. This is a direct result of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church during the Russian Revolution. Despite all the Bolsheviks efforts to discredit the church’s popularity, the real strength and depth in religion prevails, especially after World War 2. It becomes evident that Moses’s power and strength makes it hard to suppress his popularity. This is similar in nature to revolution religion. Even though the pigs disapproved of the concept of a better universe, they tolerated Moses’ presence, as he was unknowingly benefitting them.
Moses the Raven speaks of Sugarcandy Mountain. There, clover was available seven days a week, sugar was available all year, and sugar, lump sugar, and linseed cakes were grown on the hedges. These fantasies are the root cause of control and sanity among the animals. The animals are pressured and tricked into believing there is an afterlife. They are then made to continue working hard and become lulled into believing him. They realized that their lives were difficult and difficult now. The farm animals that are under oppression have something to be excited about. It is almost identical in its role in the revolution. The church resembled an opioid drug. It was used to help the poor keep working. The workers were able to believe in the religion, which allowed them to maintain control. The idea of an afterlife was a comfort for the poor and hardworking during the revolution. It also helped to eliminate controversy and maintain discipline. The church was essential to avoiding chaos, uproar, or more rebellions. The church was a beacon of hope and stability for the working classes, just like Moses’ role as Animal Farm. Moses was unknowingly a valuable asset for the pigs. They all disowned Moses’ stories about Sugarcandy Mountain, but they let him stay on the farm and not work, with an allowance for a gill a beer per day.” This was only if he talked to the farm animals regularly about Sugarcandy Mountain. The pigs realized that Moses was Jones’ favorite pet because he controlled the farm.
The relationship between Moses Jones & Mr Jones corresponds to that between the Russian Orthodox and Tsar. Rasputin, a mythical faith healing specialist and friend of the Tsar was an example of Rasputin’s trustworthiness. The last Russian Tsar, the Tsar, was Mr Jones. This proves allegory. These two rulers were notoriously negligent, which led to the rebellions. In Chapter 2, it is clear that Moses and Mr. Jones’s pet was an especial spy and tale-bearer. But he was also a smart talker. He goes with the Joneses after the rebellion. He doesn’t need the daily bread or beer so he can leave the farm. Jones looked out his bedroom window and saw that something was happening, then he slipped away from the farm. Moses stood up and began to flap after her, loudly crooning. Moses returns to the farm in the satirized World War 2 story, “The Battle of the Windmills,” after which he is offered “a gallon of beer a daily” (9.8). Unconsciously, he is being exploited. As such, both religions (in the case of Moses) have the similarity of attaching oneself to a higher authority to seek superior benefits.
Many allegories that refer to Russian Revolutionists can be identified in the novel Animal Farm. Moses the Raven is one example. The Russian Orthodox Church is another. Due to their religious beliefs and strength, both were difficult to expel from Russia/the farm. After the Battle of the Windmill, Moses returned to the land. The church also made a comeback following World War 2. They realized the need for them. The belief in an afterlife maintained control over the Russian peasants and slaves, and demonstrated how religion can benefit a functioning society. The Russian Orthodox Christian Church and Moses also bonded with one another in the hope that they would gain something. The similarities between the three characters in Animal Farm are clear. They represent the Russian Orthodox Church’s 1917 revolution in a metaphorical, yet effective way.