After the rebellion, the pigs and other animals had tasks that corrisponded with how old, and what type of animal they were. Everyone was treated fairly, at least until the pigs discovered their true talent. Lying. Squealer was constantly lying to the animals, and acting as if everything had been well. By the end of the book, the pigs had obtained so much power that they were indistinguishable from the humans.
Class Distinction: The differentiation of one social class from another; a point of differentiation between social classes, as a characteristic attitude, behavior, etc. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm , Orwell gives us greedy and manipulative pigs that represent government officials throughout time. As always the hard working animals put a fair amount of trust in the pigs to lead them; and this is because of their gullibility and lack of intelligence. The pigs use this to instate a hierarchy that leaves them at the top. Class distinction is the most effective mode of persuasion because when the pigs believe their authority is being questioned, the pigs reinstate the hierarchy by convincing the working animals that their job is immensely harder.
The symbol in this is the “communism” that is supposed to happen. The animals are supposed to get more food, work less, and have a more relaxing time. But really Napoleon has all the power and controls all the “communism” that really is not communism. The pigs and dogs are the smartest, and more favorite animals in the farm. Napoleon does not run a very communist farm, but Orwell does a great job showing how the animals are fooled by Napoleon.
Take advantage of the dumber Animals and take more than their fair share of food and change the rules of the farm. The Animals are too stupid to call out the pigs and once the pigs have total control, they come out and say “All Animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”(Pg. 134). This shows in the end those who you let take an inch will take it a mile. The pigs were given a small amount of superiority in order to keep the farm running.
The pigs exploit Boxer and his fellow workers to build the windmill which will eventually be used to supply the pigs with more money for food and alcohol. None of which would go to the working class. Laying the blame of the destruction of first windmill on Snowball shows the manipulation of the government in order to prevent the other animals from doubting them. One other important symbol is the songs. Animal Farm includes many songs, poems and slogans all used as propaganda.
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.
This is evident when Squealer says, “Napoleon had learned… of this misfortune… and was already making arrangements to send Boxer to be treated…” (Orwell, 80). Napoleon is able to trick the animals. Also, the animals are very uneducated, evident in, “…Clover had not remembered that the Fourth Commandment mentioned sheets…” (45). This shows that the pigs do not care for the animals and are negligent to educate them. They use this opportunity to take advantage of them and continuously alter the rules but
He demonstrates that the ones who hold most power in a community are the ones to blame for the chaos and problems in that specific society. The “selfish” are those who will deceive others in order to benefit themselves, without feeling guilt, such as Napoleon. Napoleon, the head pig on the farm “recreates a sort of class system” which the animals had finally overthrown after the humans left, resulting in a developing feeling of resent by the other animals on the farm. “Exploitation” is an important aspect that is incorporated in the narrative, which reveals the moral corruptions of the hierarchical pigs, which eventually allows them to achieve their goal of superiority and power. Alldritt shows how it is natural for someone to betray someone else, if they do not feel the shame in doing it.
It can be said that Old Major had absolute power over the animals at the start of the novel as he was the one who introduced the idea of a rebellion against the humans and had the support of all the animals. With this absolute power Old Major remained honest and therefore was not corrupted absolutely. However, he died, and that symbolized corruption overshadowing his ideals absolutely. Animal Farm tells the story of the rebellion of the animals against the humans which eventually places the pigs (mainly Napoleon) in absolute power, which leads to the absolute corruption of the system which was initially put in place. At the end of the novel, this absolute corruption eventually leads to the animals seeing the pigs as the humans which they initially overthrew: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to
Pigs are remarkably some of the smartest creatures in the world, however that doesn’t mean that they should be in charge of it. In the novel, Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, farm animals rebel against their farmer, Mr. Jones, because they want to live a better, free life. The farm is then controlled by the pigs who in the beginning have good intentions for the farm, but by the end of the novel the conditions are worse than when Jones was running it. The pigs are the most intelligent of the farm animals, therefore they decide to run the farm. Intelligence should not be the only qualification for leadership; a leader should be trustworthy, equitable, and courageous.
The pigs indirectly start to take over the farm. These four pigs have extreme power over the animals; it baffles people to how naive the other animals can be. The four pigs with the most power and the main characters in the novel are Napoleon, snowball, squealer, and old major. Old Major had the higher power over the other animals because he already made himself seem powerful. In
In the satiric novel entitled Animal Farm by George Orwell the character Napoleon represents a group of corrupted leaders who gradually lose sight of what they were working for. The group of pigs, including Napoleon himself, rebelled and fought for freedom against Farmer Jones. However, the utopia that they fought for was forgotten, and the pigs manipulate the other animals. As a result, Animal Farm ends up exactly where it had originally started. Napoleon is deceitful, corrupt, and cunning, and if Napoleon and the other pigs had never appointed themselves the ultimate leaders, Animal Farm would have never failed, and would have been much more successful.
If he could have been saved Animal Farm would have been better off because Boxer was the hardest worker. Napoleon also made it seem like leadership was a bad thing and no one would want to be in his position. “I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure!” (55) The pigs were manipulating the animals and no one animal could see that individually. If the animals banded together they could have stood up against the pigs, and would have had a better chance of realizing that they were being so manipulated.