Throughout the novel “Animal farm” George Orwell, there are changes that lead to corruption. The 3 animals Napoleon, Boxer,and Squealer are responsible for the downfall of the farm. Napoleon being in charge made him do things to only benefit himself. Boxer always agrees with what 's wrong and is being used. Squealer convinced everyone to obey Napoleon even if they don 't agree.
Often times in a communist society, a leader’s use of language can lead to abuse of power. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the farm leaders, the pigs, use unknown language, invoke scare tactics, and create specific laws, thereby enabling them to control other animals, to suit their greedy desires, and to perform actions outside their realm of power. Because of the pigs’ use of broad language, implementation of scare tactics, and creation and manipulation of laws, they are able to get away with avoiding laws and convincing other animals into believing untrue stories and lies that are beneficial to the pigs. Napoleon, Snowball, and Boxer, George Orwell’s main characters in his novel Animal Farm, illustrate how the misuse of power can lead to
Animal Farm George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm reveals the truth about the Soviet Union and Stalin’s totalitarian regime in the 20th century. In the novel some of the main characters are pigs named Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer. In addition to the pig some characters are Boxer, Clover, Benjamin, Mollie and Mr. Jones. The story takes place on Mr. Jones farm that they overruled because they wanted to have an independent rule. The pigs decide to make themselves the leaders and lie to many of the other animals that the pigs know best and make up reasons to prove how they are the best.
He whips the animals and treats them like slaves. Farmer Jones takes the resources from the animals like eggs, milk, and kills them if he wants to eat something. He is basically torturing the animals. As well with Napoleon, known as the terror of mankind after Mr. Jones is overthrown by the animals often Snowball takes place. Despite the fact that, Snowball is actually a good leader, he still acts like a dictator because of his way of controlling the animals.
In the book, Mr. Jones was removed by a civil war within the animals in the humans. “ ...the rebellion had been successfully carried through: Jones was expelled, and the Manor Farm was theirs” ( Orwell 9). Both the animals and the humans grew tired of their rulers because of how they got treated. Old major is Lenin, the leader of the Bolshevik party. Old major is like Lenin because he was the leader of the animals in Animal Farm.
The propaganda used by Squealer in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, as well as the frowned upon dissent and false fantasy of the farm being a utopia, prove that The Animal Farm is a dystopian society. In Animal Farm, Napoleon uses a persuasive pig, Squealer, to act like propaganda and transmit information around the farm to keep the working animals distracted. One of Squealer’s main jobs on the farm was to persuade the farm animals that when the pigs broke the law, the reason was always for the betterment of the farm. Orwell writes, “‘It was absolutely necessary’, he said, ‘that the pigs, who were the brains of the farm, should have a quiet place to work in’” (Orwell 66). Squealer convinces everyone that Napoleon’s actions are ethical, even though Napoleon’s actions are almost always unfair and unjust.
Power and control are one of the most important themes in Animal Farm, Orwell shows that in some of the characters in the novel particularly the pigs who are corrupted by the power they have, this thought is demonstrated by comparing the beginning and the ending of the novel, after the Rebellion the animals are free from the tyranny of Mr Jones and seek to establish equality amongst themselves. However, this equality is short-lived and the pigs begin to bend the rules until inequality returns to the farm “ All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others” (97), the animals had worse living condition with the pigs than with Mr Jones, but at least they thought that they were free. Animals wanted to be independent, work for themselves
It was assumed the animals with wisdom would govern the farm as shown, "... the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy." (ch.5 pg.47) It all clearly points to the fact that all animals (and humans) have different strengths and different jobs and that they are not equal. This is also the case because some of the animals capabilities elevated their status within their society. This inequality sometimes helped the farm by providing a firm government but often lead to harsh mistreatment of many of the animals. The only reason animals often listened to the leader was because he had ferocious dogs protected him and in certain cases he used that power to protect his own interests.
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.
Propaganda that alters the animals’ perspective is not lost on the reader. It is especially tragic irony because the animals are the underdogs of the novel and they undergo abuse without realizing it. The theme the novel hinted to is the danger of prejudice thinking. Napoleon, the leader of the supposed rebellion, uses fear and manipulation to change the way the animals’ view Snowball, a character whose intents are the closest to Old Major’s. Using flimsy accusations such as the collapse of the windmill, and ‘stolen’ items, Napoleon turns the population against him.