Napoleon's Abuse Of Power In Fahrenheit 451

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However, only using nostalgia and powerful enunciation cannot lead to success alone, for one must already be in a position of society where they have a considerable amount of political power. Napoleon from Animal Farm uses his power to establish his force of elite, unwavering attack dogs, whose purposes are to instill fear in the other animals. In turn, he is able to garner vast amounts of power through intimidation combined with his propaganda. For example, Napoleon eliminates all of his political rivals during a public assembly: “The four pigs waited, trembling…, They were the same four pigs as had protested when Napoleon abolished the Sunday Meetings…. When they had finished their confession, the dogs promptly tore their throats out…,” (Orwell 59). During the assembly, Napoleon abuses …show more content…

In addition, the executions were an extreme method of intimidation, advising future animals against betrayal or conspiration. Thus, Napoleon is firmly seated in absolute power without any possible rivals and rebels to oppose him. On the topic of brainwashed, submissive citizens of a seemingly one-party state, the modern United States of America in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is ruled by the government with no opposition as well. In Fahrenheit, the ownership of any books is illegal and is treated as a felony, meaning that the same means to pursue a murderer will be used to pursue a book owner, those means including a mechanical hound capable of singling out and homing in on individual targets. However, when a target--Montag during the chase, for example--is lost, the hound does not shut off, another target is pursued: “A voice cried, ‘There’s Montag! The search is done…!’ The victim was seized by Hound and camera in a great spidering, clenching grip. He screamed…. ‘The search is over, Montag is dead; a crime against society has been avenged’” (Bradbury

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