Yes, I do agree that Animal Farm is a story about betrayal. There are parts of story where we can find betrayal. Even though the whole story is not about betrayal, the proportion of theme betrayal is huge.
First, there was a betrayal by Napoleon against the animals in the farm. Napoleon betrayed the animals to gain power and be a leader of the animals. When he got the power to control he liked it and wanted more. The power and being a leader have made Napoleon to betray the animals.
Snowball made rules for the animal farm. He made 7 rules.
“ 1. Whatever goes on two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes on four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.”
After Napoleon gaining power, he changed some of those rules to benefit him. For example, he included ‘to excess’ at the end of rule number 5. Also, he replaced the rule number 6 to “No animals shall kill any other animal without cause”. However, Napoleon drinks alcohol with farmer and talks to him too. He also walks on two legs instead of four. Which is betraying the rules and promises that was made between the animals in the farm.
Truth and Hypocrisy In Animal Farm and The Scarlet Letter Lies are often distorted into truth by those in power, who eventually become hypocrites as they continue to delude for selfish gain. In the process of this distortion, they will do everything possible to conceal and maintain their hunger for dominance and deference. This theme of truth (or lack thereof) and ultimate hypocrisy is skillfully ...
The most obvious betrayal is death of Boxer. When Boxer was sick and badly injured, he is picked up in a van that said ‘Alfred Simmonds, Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler, Willingdon. Dealer in Hides and Bone-Meal. Kennels Supplied’ on it. However Boxer had no strength to escape. So he was taken away. Squealer tells animals that they misunderstood the situation and lies to them that Boxer is taken away to be cared with medication. However, he is actually gone to benefit Napoleon. Because Boxer is the strongest animal in the farm and Napoleon can get money from selling Boxer’s body to Slaughterer, Napoleon is betraying Boxer and all the animals who loved Boxer to gain more power and money. Squealer also tells to the animals that Boxer said “Forward, comrades! Forward in the name of the Rebellion. Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon! Napoleon is always right.” Before dying. This is one of Napoleon’ plan to inspire the animals using Boxer’s death to make animals work harder.
There are many other scenes that show betrayal. Most of the betrayals in the book are occurred by Napoleon to the animals in the farm. Napoleon’s betrayal was caused by his greed wanting to earn money and power. Therefore, I agree that Animal Farm basically is story about betrayal.