Power Hungry Pigs At some point of a communist society, a group of people decide that they are better than everyone else and it leads to too much power in the wrong hands. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Napoleon believes that every animal should be treated the same and not be controlled by humans. He also believes that pigs are superior and should be treated with more respect.
Jones and his men. Mr. Jones didn’t treat the animals fairly, and in certain scenarios he would forget to feed the animals completely and as a result, the animals decided to question the authority figure, Mr. Jones and eventually chased him and his men from the farm. The animals successfully questioned authority and drove out their human masters to establish a government led by two pigs; Napoleon and
Having “power is [the] authority and strength,…ability to act, or control” (“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutly”) which motivated the pigs to corrupt an attain Dictatorship government. The novel Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is demonstrating how the pigs are corrupt in Animal Farm. Old Major’s speech began a rebellion, but ultimately the pigs corrupt to become human into their own advantage by removing the principles of Animalism. Becoming human required the pigs to use propaganda to manipulate the other animals to corrupt their power in ‘Animal Farm’. As the pigs corrupt Animalism using lies, they careless about the other animals’ mental well-being.
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.
A historical event that could relate to this is when Stalin starved millions of his citizens when they didn’t want to work. Orwell’s allegory “Animal Farm” reveals how too much power tends to change a person by doing horrible things, which causes conflict between individual rights and societal concerns, through the uses of symbolism of Napoleon. Napoleon, who symbolizes Joseph Stalin, shows that how much power tends to corrupt one by using tactics and taking advantage of others to attain a goal. In the story, Napoleon frames as well as kill his comrades to get to his goal, while creating fear among the animals. Before the trial started, Napoleon persuaded the pigs into admitting on false charge against Snowball.
Like Napoleon, Stalin would get rid of anyone who would rebel against his rules or disagree with what he was doing... According to the article "Stalin Banishes Trotsky" by the Editors of History.com, “He ordered someone to kill Trotsky.” This evidence
This is due to believing that educated leaders are always right. This is very obvious in Animal farm as Napoleon, used Squealer, the master of manipulation as his mouthpiece to manoeuvre the farm animals. Snowball was blamed by Napoleon for every disaster happening in Animal Farm, from the destruction of the windmill to a broken window. The animals buy it as well since they could not read or write. For an example, Boxer always says ‘Comrade Napoleon is always right’ even when he is not.
Power corrupts everyone, even the “people” fighting against it. Anytime an individual gains more power than other it leads to rebellion and change. The government in the United States of America is based off this idea, our founding fathers made sure to keep this abuse of power out of our Constitution. Friedrich Nietzsche a german philosopher said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
Napoleon mislead and misinformed the animals, under his power. The animals had their own opinions and beliefs but weren’t educated enough to propose them. The farm came to know that “some animals are more equal than others”(134), their last state was as bad as their first. Napoleon formed an alliance with the human enemy to establish his personal dictatorship, the ruling of the pigs became more and more indistinguishable from their human neighbors. “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 tell which was which” (141) Orwell’s message again, is that history can repeat itself, we must be careful and prevent that from happening, or we could end up in same situation as before, like the animals
An example of this is when Squealer always talks about Jones coming back (Shmoop). This is rhetoric because it makes them falsely believe Jones will come back and convinces them to do what the pigs want. Another example of a threat is when Napoleon kills the animals that go against him (Shmoop). This threatens that any thoughts of rebellion will lead to severe consequences, so they don't try to go against him.