Leadership In Animal Farm

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Does leadership determine success? In the book, Animal Farm, the pigs ended up rising to power. The dictatorship of the pigs in turn led Animal Farm down a path of destruction. Animal Farm could have survived under different leadership if one animal didn’t take all the power, if the leader didn’t manipulate its citizens, and if all the animals banded together as a whole. In reality, if one person takes all the power and uses it for his own purposes, it usually ends up a dictatorship. A dictatorship implies absolute power--one person who takes control and makes all the rules and decisions--without any input from anyone else. In Animal Farm the pigs way of ruling was a dictatorship. The pigs rose up in power as manipulative, dominant…show more content…
If they would have banded together they could have seen how Napoleon was using them and completely brainwashing them. For example, if the animals banded together they could have saved Boxer from being taken away. “Boxer! cried Clover in a terrible voice. Boxer! Get out! Quickly! They 're taking you to your death!” (123) If the animals would have all helped in the efforts to save Boxer, he would have been able to be saved. If he could have been saved Animal Farm would have been better off because Boxer was the hardest worker. Napoleon also made it seem like leadership was a bad thing and no one would want to be in his position. “I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure!” (55) The pigs were manipulating the animals and no one animal could see that individually. If the animals banded together they could have stood up against the pigs, and would have had a better chance of realizing that they were being so manipulated. Another example of this is when Napoleon changes one of the commandments for his own good. (to sleep in the house) “Muriel”, she said, “read me the Fourth Commandment. Does it not say something about never sleeping in a bed?” “It says, “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets” (67). Napoleon changes the commandment so he can sleep in the house. If the animals were banded as one, they would have realized that they were being manipulated form they very beginning and Animal Farm would have had a chance to
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