We all know that one government and ruler that abuses their power; Kim Jung Un and Kim Jung Il with North Korea. Just like in the real world, Napoleon the pig from Animal Farm by George Orwell is that one ruler who made everything fall to pieces when he became the farm’s new leader. With the abuse of power in the book, George Orwell proves that the damage has caused more bad than it does good for everyone involved within the situation. Taking power with force is dangerous because it can result in death and harm to others. Napoleon did this using his nine dogs that he trained.
Power has been the crux of humankind since its birth. Wherever power is found, corruption is sure to be near. In the Animal Farm, George Orwell expertly captures this corruption of power through the antagonist 's use of propaganda, manipulation, and deceit in order to benefit himself at the expense of his peers. From the start of his reign, Napoleon stressed how vastly superior the pigs intelligence was to that of the rest of the animals.
Animal Farm by George Orwell is a book well-known for being a satirical allegory for the events that occurred during the era of Joseph Stalin. The story contains many unique elements from plot to characters to figurative language that make it a must-read book for everyone. The book has basic elements of a typical book including book’s structure--it starts at the exposition of a conflict and the events are displayed in chronological order and a third-person omniscient point of view. In this perspective, the audience is aware of everything all characters think, say, and do.
By ruining Snowball’s reputation and erasing, or taking credit for, his contributions to the farm Napoleon controls the narrative in way that makes him seem like a hero and makes his former political rival into a evil traitor. This
“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.
The pigs have most of the power so, “The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership,” (Orwell 46). This is significant because since the pigs were superior in knowledge, they were able to assume most of the leadership, which created their power. The pigs would soon take advantage of that power and corrupt most of the farm. Soon, the whole entire farm was chanting, “Long Live, Comrade Napoleon,” and, “in April, Animal Farm was proclaimed a Republic, and it became necessary to elect a President.
became " All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others" All these commandments were changed to suit the pigs. It created a situation where the pigs were seen as part of a higher class and the other animals were lower class. Napoleon teaches the sheep to sing “four legs good two legs better” whilst all the pigs walk around on two legs showing they are smarter and they are better than the other animals. Another point that shows the lack of equality on the farm is the pigs need for the apples and milk to make sure they are smarter whilst small portions of food are handed out to other animals who are the hard workers.
In the course of time, it is unusual to see how a simple attempt of idealism can eventually transform itself to a corruption in society. In Animal Farm by George Orwell, the animals, glittered by the dream of Animalism rebel against Mr. Jones, the farmer of Manor Farm in a battle, retreating him off the farm. Manor Farm was then renamed, Animal Farm, and because of their extensive knowledge and intelligence, the animals quickly agree to rely on the pigs to take care of their welfare and well-being. Slowly, this one step of leadership evolved into an ever-growing hierarchy and a way of living a life of luxury and leisure for the pigs. In order to secure a life of luxury for his fellow pigs, Napoleon (with Squealer as his spokesmen) uses language
Initially in Animal Farm, intending to help the animals achieve equality, the pigs (Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer) with their “superior knowledge” take the initiative to set Old Major’s dream into motion. At this point, power is already subtly shown as the pigs are the ones to “direct and supervise” the revolutions whilst the other animals have completely no say in the process of executioning the humans. Moreover, with Snowball giving orders e.g. “you do not need sugar” and Napoleon claiming that he will “lead the way”, it hints that the pigs are determined to take advantage of their intelligence to gratify their desires for controlling the animals. In fact, the farm is able to achieve prosperity and joy until Napoleon’s strong desire for
Before Snowball was forced out of the farm, the procedure of farm was running smoothly, without a problem. There is no sign of corruption through a process of voting, every animal has the right to share ideas. However, Napoleon later realises with this power, the power of objection, he cannot move very far with his opinions, since there is always one to correct his idea. Later, he decides remove Snowball since the power that he exerts through power of negation was simply too much. Similarly, the story of to kill a mockingbird, through a characteristic of coming of age story.
Power can have the persuasive action in undoing the moral ethics of one’s character. This can be seen throughout history, such as World War II and proven by the actions of Napoleon in the allegory, Animal Farm, by George Orwell. As Lord Acton said “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In history what was viewed as a villain, is never the same as the perception. A leader does not begin wanting to do wrong, they start with the best intentions, but power is a tricky thing.
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.
'Animal Farm' a novel written by George Orwell and 'How I live now' written by Meg Rosoff, both use the idea of characterization to explore the significance of the theme, power. Power is an important theme to both texts as, the theme of power connects to the protagonists internal journey; it also helps to compel both texts. Themes can be conveyed through the use of techniques, e.g. characterization, as done in both 'How I live Now' and 'Animal Farm'. The corrupting effect of power is one of the central themes of Animal Farm. At the beginning of the book we see that, Old Major describes the oppression that the animal experience, and predicts that the day will come when they overthrow their human masters and build an equitable society.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects in a ruler is their ability to control their subjects. In this case, Farmer Jones’ ability to control the animals, and Napoleons’ ability to control the animals. Farmer Jones didn’t have good control over the animals due to the fact he was careless
In the story, Napoleon symbolizes the evil dictator/tyrant that brainwashes his subjects and manipulates them into thinking a certain way, and he does this through force. He trains nine dogs as his security guards and uses them to intimidate the others and force them into listening to him. He uses death as punishment to anyone that speaks or does anything against him and what he wants. “When they had finished their confession, the dogs promptly tore their throats out,