Power Corrupts The Mind In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Power Corrupts the Mind; Analysis of the characters in George Orwell’s Allegory Animal Farm In the allegory, Animal Farm, George Orwell uses farm animals to symbolize important leaders during the Russian Revolution. At the beginning of the novel, the animals revolt against Mr. Jones, the owner of the farm. Shortly after winning control of the farm, the animals decide that the pigs should be the leaders because they are the most intelligent animals on the farm. Throughout the story, the pigs begin to make decisions without telling the other animals and begin to make changes to the original laws that were established at the end of the revolt against Mr. Jones. As the story nears the end, the pigs are deeply corrupt and noticeably similar to …show more content…

Throughout the novel, Boxer is the main workforce of the farm. During the building of the windmill on the farm, Boxer would awake early so he could get more work done. Even though the plan of building a windmill fails, Boxer continues to have a herculean work ethic even though he is of lesser intelligence than the other animals. The failure of the windmill symbolizes the failure of Joseph Stalin’s Five-Year Plan. Boxer represents the common working class that unwittingly accepts their base existence, because they believe by hard work they will get ahead and that their leaders will protect them (“Overview”). Clover, Boxer’s female counterpart, is another horse who represents the working class. She represents those in the working class who realized they were being exploited but don’t act upon it because of their laziness or apathy (“Overview”). The way the pigs take advantage of the other animals lesser intelligence represents the way the communist government took advantage of the people of the working class. Mollie is another horse on the farm who is willing to comply as long as she is pampered and petted. Mollie represents the people of the working class who remained faithful to the Russian czar but whose lust for material things blinded them from the importance of freedom …show more content…

The birds argued that this motto excluded the birds because they had wings and could not walk upon four legs. Squealer calmed the birds by saying, “A bird’s wing, comrades, is an organ of propulsion and not of manipulation. It should therefore be regarded as a leg. The distinguishing mark of man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief” (29). In Russia, there were several classes of citizens left out of the socialist rhetoric (Newspeak). The rural farmers, the clergy, and other non labour citizens felt left out just as the birds felt

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