The animals establish themselves as a master of the farm with unexpected ease, a task they thought would be impossible. The task they thought would be -the exercise of power- proves fatally difficult. What does this irony reveal about Orwell's political philosophy?
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The irony is that the Animals turn out to be little different from the humans they liberated themselves from. If anything, Napoleon was more of a tyrant than farmer Jones. Orwell was making a commentary about the best intentions of a communist state, like Russia at the time, becoming the opposite of a socialist utopia. Orwell thought that universal equality can’t exist because those in power will inevitably succumb to temptations of greed and the euphoria of power.