Comparative study of "Soylent Green" and George Orwell's "Animal Farm"

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Throughout history the glaring flaws and weaknesses of human nature have been inflamed and exacerbated repeatedly to devastating effect. Through the span of even the earliest human civilizations and even more so in modern society, greed has proven to be our worst flaw, promoting corruption within even the noblest of ideals and rendering people blind to the terrible consequences of their self indulgent fancies. The unchecked corruption within the brutal soviet regime under Stalin and the apathetic indifference of the population towards the extent of the destruction of the environment have provoked an outcry from George Orwell and Richard Fleicher in their separate texts "Animal Farm" and "Soylent Green", both voicing concern and condemning the hidden evils of humanity. In the recent past, the most evident spread of tragic corruption was the Russian Revolution in 1917 with its overthrow of Tsar Nicolas II and new found leadership under Stalin.

Finally published in 1945 "Animal Farm" was far more then a satirization of the Russian Revolution. It was a criticism of human nature and its potential for corruption by power. George Orwell could all too easily see for himself the evidence of corruption that was unfolding within the newly found Soviet Union. George Orwell conveyed his cynicism of the high ideals carried by Stalin through his style of narration. The narrator describes events unfolding within the story with an ironic naivety to accentuate and encourage the audience to criticize the insidious spread of corruption through the leaders of the revolution and consequently the corruption and betrayal of the very ideals that the revolution was founded on. "So the animals trooped down to the hayfield to begin the harvest and when they came back in the evening it was noticed that the milk had disappeared." This naive narration mocks the...