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Introduction
Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, is a novel presenting a fictional world where animals can communicate with each other and act like humans. Animal farm is a book concerned about the politics of leadership and the rise of fall of great leaders; also the events surrounding the Animal Farm are mirrored to the events that took place during the Russian Revolution. There is also a relevance and resemblance of the occurrences in the book with the operations of a business and business communication.
Within the content of the book, there were many parallels identified that existed with business communication, such as the various methods used to communicate with the animals on ...view middle of the document...

Major also professed that all the habits of man are evil, no animal must ever kill another animal and that all animals are equal.
Soon after old Major died, two pigs named Napoleon and Snowball assumed command and commenced planning the attack on Mr. Jones the owner of the farm who treated them with cruelty, seldom fed them, stole the products of their own labor and whipped and slaughter them at his discretion. Napoleon and Snowball conducted meetings with the animals and motivated them which were revolutionary as they revolted and drove Mr. Jones away from the farm. However, the animals’ victory and new found freedom would not last long, as the greed and power of Napoleon and the other pigs took dictatorship over all the other animals on the farm and completely reversed all Major’s commandments and did the exact opposite of what Major told them to do. The modification of the seven commandments caused the animals to follow rules that went against the original laws which had dictated the entire purpose of the animals’ revolution against man. Napoleon essentially resembles the human, as he now portrays the human behavior and the animals are not able to distinguish the difference between the humans and the pigs. Therefore, the other animals on the farm are now faced with the harsh cruelty that even after the revolution they were still exploited and enslaved by the pigs.

The Parallels which exist with Business Communication
Communication is the process of transferring information and meaning between senders and receivers, using one or more written, oral, visual, or electronic channels. The essence of communication is sharing, providing data, information and insights in an exchange that benefits both you and the people with whom you are communicating. In Animal Farm the animals communicated with each other by conducting group meetings, engaging in debates, forming committees, written communication by the use of seven commandments which acted as their policy and law to follow. The ways in which the animals operated bear a close resemblance to that of the operations and structure of an organization.
The animals communicated both externally and internally. Communication channels such as word of mouth was utilized to transfer information and messages, for example Mr. Whymper acts as an intermediary between Animal Farm and the outside world, he receives and pass on communication from Napoleon to the other humans and spread rumors about the activities on the farm, as well as collect and sell eggs. Also, the pigeons were used as messengers to spread news about the rebellion to the other animals on farms across England, which caused animals on the other farms to lash out and rebel against their human masters. Napoleon and Snowball conducted meetings every Sunday with all the animals where the work for the upcoming week was planned out and resolutions were put forward and debated by the pigs, and everyone voted for the resolution symbolizing...

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