Power Struggle In Animal Farm And 1940's

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Through the technique of characterisation, authors Andy Mulligan of Trash and George Orwell’s 1940’s novella Animal Farm explore the idea of power. In both these texts, power is an important concept due to the fact that they focus heavily of the corruption of leaders and the effects on the masses. Within both texts, the author has created characters that desire power and exercise it according to their needs. In Animal Farm, the power struggle is exemplified from the beginning of the novel with the power surge between the animals and Mr. Jones; the farm leader who neglected the farm duties. Moreover once Jones was turned over the power surge between Napoleon and Snowball began. Though he seems like any other animal before the rebellion, it does not take long for…show more content…
As soon as they were weaned, Napoleon took them away from their mothers, saying that he would make himself responsible for their education. He took them up into a loft which could only be reached by a ladder from the harness-room, and there kept them in such seclusion that the rest of the farm soon forgot their existence.”(90) When Napoleon took the dogs knowing he would not educate them, but instead train them for his sole benefit, it enables us to see how restricting the education to pigs only disabled the other animals from creating a revolution and allows him to maintain his power. Although some animals in Animal Farm desired power on the farm, in the novel Trash, power is desired by all of the characters. This enhances the emotional struggle of those who do not obtain power despite it being their sole desire. One of the characters that desire the power excessively is Gardo, a friend of the other two main protagonists of the novel. Unlike Napoleon, Gardo desires power to protect his friends “I had to lead this, because Raphael needs to be
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