“It is not wisdom but authority that makes a low.” Thomas Hobbes’ quote reveals that the world is all about authority and how powerful people are. In other words, to be able to rule, wisdom is not essential. However, authority is crucial. This quote relates to George Orwell’s Animal Farm as it represents the theme of power by the pigs that use propaganda, intimidation and false informations to take over the farm and to control the animals.
In her critically acclaimed novel One Corpse Too Many, author Ellis Peters wrote, “All of the things of the wild have their proper uses. Only misuse makes them evil.” The possession and usage of power is an especially slippery slope. In George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, a main recurring theme revolves around power and how those who hold it will ultimately fall into corruption. The desire for power stems from greed, but power also fuels greed.
In Animal farm, Napoleon displays absolute power corrupt unquestionably by changing the commandments, satisfy himself, and by betraying his most faithful worker, Boxer. Napoleon changed use his power to gain more “power” aka a more higher status. He changed the law just so he could get drunk. The worst he had ever done was to betray his best worker for a couple of bottles. Napoleon is not a good leader.
All major wars have occurred over the position or want of power. Napoleon Bonaparte, the French conqueror, conquered Europe for the power to rule it. Hitler started up slowly in his political career, and e started World War II, murdering 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. Napoleon in the political rankings of Animal Farm, up to the point which the desire for power corrupted him. Orwell shows how power corrupts a person by turning Napoleon, a good animal, into a monster.
“The creatures outside looked from creature to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” (Orwell 141) This quote represents Benito Mussolini (Dictator of Italy 1925-1945) toward the end of his ruling. Both Napoleon and Mussolini rose to power the same way, treated the people they ruled over terribly, and separated themselves from the rest.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton) This quote is telling us that when people get into roles of absolute power they tend to become corrupt, as a result of that power. This quote can be applied to Napoleon from the book Animal Farm by George Orwell, because at the beginning of the novel Old Major’s words inspired Napoleon. As a result, he believed that humans were evil for forcing animals to work for them and that animals should be able to live freely, not under anyone’s control; however, as the story progresses his belief changed and the animals did not get to live their utopian dream. At the start Napoleon and the other pigs strongly believed that all animals were equal and had the right to live in a place that took care of their well being.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Power itself I know is not always a good thing. In George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm you would be easily be able to pick out reasons why this is. Power Power is corruption itself, I will elaborate to you a few reasons in detail to establish that "power corrupts”. Power corrupts, It is anything but difficult to see that this statement is factual.
Power can have the persuasive action in undoing the moral ethics of one’s character. This can be seen throughout history with the Russian Revolution and can also be proven by the actions of Napoleon in the allegory, Animal Farm, by George Orwell. As Lord Acton said “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In history what was viewed as a villain, is never the same as the perception. A leader does not begin wanting to do wrong, they start with the best intentions, but power is a tricky thing.
“There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.”-Jose Rizal. “Animal Farm,” written by George Orwell depicts a world of talking animals and vicious dictators, but looking further into the meaning of the book you can see that Orwell’s observation and opinion that revolutions often fail in that they end up only in a change of tyrants is very true. Usually people who lead rebellions or people who are at least a part of them are in it for themselves. They do not see it for the good of the common man, but they see a way they can change control into their own hands.
Power, Oppression, and Corruption Animal Farm brings alive the voices and personalities of farmyard animals. It is a twist on the events that took place during the Russian Revolution. This fable tale brings forth the conflicts the fallen Russian Empire through displaying the levels of class and real life people in animals. There is easily a good and a bad archetype, however, using the naivety of the uneducated animals the population is manipulated and leered into a false security. The leaders take control and under the power of suggestion, the public becomes starved, overworked, and silenced.