The battle of the windmill killed and wounded a lot of the animals. The World War 2 killed many people in the battle. A lot of objects got destroyed in the two battles. In Animal Farm when Boxer died it broke my heart, but it symbolized the betrayal Napoleon brought to the animals. Once Boxer fell ill Napoleon sold him to the slaughter house so that he could buy alcohol for the pigs/dogs.
The quote by Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” is a good example of what is happening in the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. The pigs immediately gain control and leadership of the farm and eventually start to abuse the power. The pigs abuse their power by changing the commandments, living in luxury, and by treating the animals poorly. First and foremost, the pigs start changing the commandments to fit their acts and desires. In the beginning of the story, the animals decide on fair rules that everyone on the farm should abide by.
The division of classes first begins with the power barrier that forms between the pigs and the other animals and soon develops into the pigs moving into the farmhouse, as well as receiving more food and milk than the others, showing a difference in classes and the unjust treatment of the other working animals. This social division begins at the start of the Rebellion when the pigs take the milk and apples for themselves, “So it was agreed without further argument that the milk and the windfall apples should be reserved for the pigs”(53). This small development in the social stratum of Animal Farm leads to the final division of the classes when the pigs move into the farmhouse, disobeying one of the commandments and exemplifying their social status. To account for the pigs’ power over the other animals and their humanization, the final commandment is changed, indicating that the transition of the Utopia to a Dystopia had been completed and demonstrating that the animals are divided into the government and the working class. The animals on the farm notice a change made to the barn wall where the Seven Commandments were once written and realize that now there is a single commandment on the wall, “It ran: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS” (133).
As the novel progressed, the violence escalated as the pigs become more and more corrupt and power-hungry. The turning point for violence was when Napoleon used the dogs to relinquish Snowball’s control. At this point, the conflict shifts from the animals versus Jones to Napoleon versus the animals. From this point on, the animals live blindly under the control of Napoleon and the pigs. Much like Mr. Jones used the whip to assert dominance and control over the animals, the pigs assume his role as the head of the farm.
Old Major, the pig, rasped out in his speech that, “The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.” Old Major had gathered all the animals together in the barn and expressed his desire for the slavery and cruelty to end. The old pig proposed a rebellion in which all the animals rebel against Mr. Jones. Granted, Old Major stated that the rebellion may not take place in any of the animals’ life times. However, after the death of the old pig, the rebellion happened arbitrarily and without warning. After the battle, the pigs took control and things plumped like a bird hit by a stone.
In Animal Farm the animals are brainwashed by the authority figures Squealer, Napoleon and Snowball. Squealer’s influential speeches brainwash the animals to doing what he says, Napoleon’s forceful commands brainwash the animals into doing what he says and, Snowball’s intelligent mind brainwashes the animals that he is a passionate leader and makes the animals do what he says. The authority figures corrupt their power by managing the animals viciously for needs. The three ways they showed this was by: Not following commandments, threatening the animals and reducing food, taking credit over the
One of George Orwell 's most noted themes or quotes for his book Animal Farm is power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I believe that Animal Farm Shirley represents the meaning of this quote. Naturally the pigs obtain all of the power on the farm because of their intelligence. When the pigs use their power they abused it by using the other animals to do their Injustice. Oppressed by mr. Jones and his negligence towards the animals well-being Old Major Lance the farmers rebellion of Manor Farm.
But Napolean thought he was to good for them, and he soon had the title "Leader Napolean", or "Savior of the Animals". The pigs soon started living in the house, and sleeping there, and eating there. The law was that no animal could live in the house, or sleep in the beds, but Squealer convinced the animals that the pigs needed better sleep since they were the smart ones. They also began to have the animals step out of the way in the presence of any pig. After the rebellion, the pigs and other animals had tasks that corrisponded with how old, and what type of animal they were.
The pigs, who were the leaders, frequently displayed this throughout the novel. One example was when tension arose between Napoleon and Snowball shortly after he came up with the idea of the windmill. Napoleon became envious of Snowballs gain in popularity and ended up executing him from the farm. Another theme played in the novel is revolution and corruption. Animal Farm depicts a revolution in progress.
George Orwell, in his novel Animal Farm, illustrates the flaws involved in a system where equality amongst all individuals is the basis for governance. Orwell represents society through various animals living on a farm under the control of human farmers. Throughout the novel, the animals revolt against their human owners under the leadership of pigs who state that once they gain control of the farm they shall all be equal. However, as the novel progresses it becomes clear that the pigs have a hidden motive and assert themselves into positions of power, becoming corrupt and eventually resembling the humans which they initially overthrew. The novel serves as a commentary by Orwell about the ‘’too-good-to-be-true’’ nature of socialist governmental policy, primarily focusing on the rise and eventual spoiling of the communist USSR government, which was present at the time the novel was written.