They often disagreed on many issues involving the farm until Napoleon expelled Snowball from the farm.However even after the expulsion of Snowball, with the use of persuasive language the pigs still find a way to blame him for any misfortune the farm may encounter. To begin, the pigs blame Snowball for destroying the windmill in which the animals worked soo long to build. “Comrades," he said quietly, ‘do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!
The lesson shown in this story is that power can corrupt a society. Old Major, the wisest pig, says that after he dies the animals should rebel against the farmer and start their own government so that every animal can be happy and be equal. Old Major dies, a new leader must be chosen. Two pigs (Napoleon and Snowball) decide to be leaders and try to get the animals’ votes. Napoleon sends the guard dogs to attack Snowball, after that he runs away and doesnt come back.. Napoleon then become ruler, and is said to be a very good, wise pig.
Lord Acton, the British historian, once said, “All power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell, the character Napoleon puts himself in charge. But, not only that he allows another pig, Squealer, to do his dirty work. And also uses dogs to chase his enemy, Snowball, away . In which leads to other animals not knowing that the farm is being ran the same way as when under Mr. Jones, the old farmer 's, control. But in the end the pigs and humans not only look alike but, also sound alike.
At first, the pigs work to get Mr. Jones off the land and they quarrel with him and his men when they waylaid them in the battle of Cowshed. Then they start conspiring with the neighboring farms and have men to make their deals for them. Suddenly, in the end Napoleon is walking on two feet along with the others and dressing like a man as he drinks with the humans and an amity is established. Honestly, this reversal did not take me by surprise at all, I was expecting nothing less from Napoleon. In conclusion, the story ‘Animal Farm’ is a extraordinary story about power and what it can do to a person or in this case an animal.
As a reader the mood comes across very negative. Both Napoleon and Big Brother control the animals like dictators and do not give them much freedom whatsoever. Both the animals and the citizens from these two stories are hopeless and powerless compared to their leaders. In Animal Farm, Napoleon did not care for the other animals needs, he secretly took the milk for the dogs he was raising. “Never mind the milk, comrades!” cried Napoleon, placing himself in front of the buckets.
Napoleon is taking the easy way out by being lazy and having everything handed to him from his peers which was promised to never happen before the revolt. The animals have forgotten their purpose, and destiny already they are too involved in getting brainwashed by Napoleon. This is an example of Orwell’s philosophy because slowly as time progress Napoleon is getting more power and becoming the new tyrant to replace jones but still act similar to him. As the story progress further Napoleon has most to all power while the animals have little to none. However, the other animals are starting to realize how controlled they are and it feels just as if Jones is still there.
Napoleon has also released many chants to help rally the animals on the farm. The satire present here is that the altering of the ten commandments effectively portray how the absurd the concept is. There is no way that animals could become, “more equal” than others. In the beginning of the novel, Old Major expressed that the animals shall overcome their oppressors, but the pigs become the oppressors. Through their chants and the ten commandments, the citizens are brainwashed to believe that everything is just and fair because when the commandments and chants were first written or said, everyone was in agreement, and believed it was fair.
Napoleon ruled animal farm harshly and overworked the animals. Orwell described, “This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half” (Orwell 59). The animal’s are given a choice in the sense that if they wanted to, they could have Sundays off. However, the brutal consequences the animals would face if they did not work forced the animals to listen to the pigs. The pigs, who are more intelligent, tricked the animals into thinking they have a choice when in reality they do not.
There is a common expression that says men are pigs, and in Animal Farm, Orwell shows us how pigs turn into men. For example, “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which” (Orwell p. 141). Orwell portrays the pigs as leaders that control the animals into believing that what they as pigs are doing is right which leads to corruption. So people’s ignorance contributes to social oppression in that quote from Orwell. Administration is to utilise someone in a skillful way.
After he exiled Snowball off of Animal Farm the food supply gets was a little less for the animals than when Mr. Jones was around. Napoleon had kept majority of the food for him and other pigs to eat. This point goes back to how Napoleon was selfish showing that in Animal Farm power does corrupt those who posses it. In the book Animal Farm Orwell shows us that power corrupts those who possess it through the character Napoleon by showing us he is selfish, manipulative, and abusive. Napoleon likes to do things and worry for his own good and not worry that much about his citizens.