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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He, by this example, represents the exploited class, the working class. The author uses symbolism to express how well rebellion is developed for this character. Boxer works harder hard so he can leave the farm. He continuously works, ‘’from morning to night he was pushing and pulling, always at the spot where the work was hardest,’’ (Orwell 29). Boxer believed without work, where would he be?
In this story of Animal Farm, it represents characters and situations that establish a certain time in the Russian Revolution. Also animal farm reflects the Russians and farmer Jones that it represents the Russians Czar. Napoleon represents Joseph Stalin, and Snowball is Leon Trotsky. Boxer serves as an allegory for the Russian who help out to establish the Soviet Union. Animal Farm failed because not all animals are equal.
The windmill is first brought to everyone 's attention by Snowball, who researches on how to build one and draws out the plans. While this occurs, Napoleon slowly takes full control over the farm by eliminating Snowball. The pigs try to make Snowball look guilty and they want the working animals to dislike Snowball at all costs. "Napoleon had never been opposed to the windmill, on the contrary, it was he who had advocated it in the beginning," said
He encouraged the other animals with his strength and inspirational words “I will work harder!” (Orwell 74). Boxer is a much different worker than the other animals on the farm because he motivates the other animals to keep going and not run off. He is determined and loyal when it comes to comrade Napoleon and the work on the farm.
They have been told that after they are old and not able to work anymore, they would be take care of in their senility. But this does not happen with Boxer, just like it did not happen with the veterans and working class of Russia, under the regime of Stalin and Tsar Nicholas II. Boxer is almost 12 year old, so the time for him to retire is coming, but one month short of that, he falls and gets injured seriously, while working on the rebuilding of the Windmill. When Clover asks him what happened, Boxer
The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupt, then forgotten. This is all due to the lust for power that the pigs Napoleon and Snowball have that made them all selfish and corrupted. Animal farm in context to The Russian Revolution in terms of corrupting influence of power : Orwell 's goal was to portray the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the early years of the Soviet Union that resulted in a more oppressive and deadly government than the one it overthrew.
Manipulation is the most deceitful way for us to achieve the things we desire the most. Throughout George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, language and the use of persuasive language lead to the accumulation of power. Language and the disappearance of Mr.Jones is where Napoleon dictatorship is made possible. The powerful rhetorical and their smart manipulations skills of language for any situation was what controlled the farm of its entirety. Pigs manipulated the Seven Commandments,Napoleon dictating, and the deceitful lies told by the Pigs were all methods for them to gain more power.
Using the examples of Napoleon and Boxer this essay will discuss the truths of human nature and express the traits of these characters both good and bad including; loyalty and obedience as well as selfishness and greed. Napoleon represents the corrupt political dictators that have been in power before and even after the novel was written. He slowly and subtly put himself into power of the farm and was very manipulative in the way he got there. The animals were always ensured that everything he did was for the good of the farm but as the book goes on Napoleon’s hunger for power is revealed.
Deception is a powerful tool, and in the wrong hands, can steer everything in the direction of complete chaos. Deception is particularly dangerous to those who aren’t as smart as those who seem to be deceiving them, because they honestly can’t tell whether or not they are being misled. This is how the pigs stayed in power with hardly anyone questioning their motives. None of the other animals on the farm realized they were being played. After the successful revolution, the pigs began to build their new government.
“Animal Farm” by George Orwell, is a story to show how absolute power corrupts, just as Stalin’s power did during the Russian Revolution in 1917. In the allegory “Animal Farm” each character represents a political figure from the days around the Russian Revolution. For example, Joseph Stalin is represented by a pig named Napoleon, Squealer, another pig, represents Stalin’s propaganda department, and the dogs represent the Secret Police (KBG). Using the nine dogs that Napoleon raises (intimidation), Squealer (propaganda), and manipulation, Orwell illustrates how Napoleon was able to gain and maintain control of the farm. The nine dogs that stay by Napoleon at all times are useful for Napoleon to gain and maintain control of the farm because they scare the other animals, intimidating them so that they do not disobey Napoleon.
“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” – John Steinbeck. According to John Steinbeck it’s not absolute power that corrupts people, its fear of losing that power. When people gain power that he may do as he/she would like, then forthwith he/she starts contemplating about how he/she may preserve this load of power, and if he/she contemplating about how to preserve this power then he anticipates losing it
Trying to gain freedom on the farm, the animals obtain a leader, Napoleon, who is much more harsh and stern than the former farm owner, Mr. Jones, has ever been. Symbolizing a ruler from the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, Napoleon brings the farm into a hole, they have a hard time getting out of. Napoleon kills various animals, and has also broken the Seven commandments the animals promise to abide by. In the beginning, the farm was run by Mr. Jones, who is later overpowered by the animals on the farm. To gain power, Napoleon starts to earn their trust by making it seem as if he is a trustworthy comrade.
During the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin was obligated for changing Russia into the Soviet Union just as old Major tried to change Manor Farm into Animal Farm. Events and animals in the book are parallel to the events and people in the Russian Revolution. Animal Farm, which was originally named Manor Farm, is ran by Mr. Jones until the animals take charge. Mr. Jones takes poor care of the animals such as refusing to feed them. The animals decide to rebel against him and take charge of the farm.
Boxer, Clover, and Mollie are horses that represents the working class. Boxer portrays the proletariat workers because they are unskilled laborers. He is a cart-horse who has incredible strength, dedication, and loyalty towards Animal Farm. Boxer is not the most intelligent animal on the farm, but without him, nothing on the farm would be accomplished. Clover is a female cart-horse who is a friend of Boxer’s
Throughout the captivating satire, Animal Farm, the reader explores a variety of ideas and opinions surrounding communism, through the characters and their development throughout the story. Of these characters, Boxer, a strong and hard working horse, although not the main focus in this novel, did play an important role on the farm. His good nature ended up threatening the farm’s leader, and drove him to his death. Although Boxer doesn’t hold the main source of power over all of the farm animals, he is definitely a highlighted and important character.