Power leads people to be “corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton). In his quote, Lord Acton proves that humans who are hungry for power will become corrupt. George Orwell’s Animal Farm shows Napoleon, a pig is hungry for power which causes him to be corrupt. At the time when George Orwell wrote his novel, leaders were power-hungry and corrupt.
In both situations it caused various individuals to have their rights taken away while other individuals took advantage of the situation. The allegory in Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, reveals the conflict between individual rights and societal concern as certain individuals only took interest in their own welfare and disregard societal concern. The actions of Napoleon, a Berkshire boar who takes leadership of Animal Farm, is similar to Joseph Stalin’s, the new dictator of the USSR, as they both kill for their own greed of power. An instance where Napoleon had killed for his own benefit would be when the nine dogs, that Napoleon has raised, executed that animals that had confessed to being in league with
“He was Jones’s secret agent all the time” (79). This explanation means Napoleon betray Snowball for his own benefit, to become the only leader. This is significant to use of accusation because Napoleon uses Snowball to get more support and to gain more power. In the book, it is shown as animals who opposes Napoleon are the real brave
In addition to being used for eliminating uncomfortable opponents, violence is used as a tool for political oppression in Animal Farm. The situation at the Manor Farm conjures up Maximilien Robespierre 's reign of terror, where any political opponents were violently punished. Likewise, in Animal Farm, any animals that oppose the leadership of Napoleon and the pigs are brutally punished. For example, when four pigs at the farm give Napoleon a distorted account of how they kept in touch with Snowball after his exile, Napoleon decrees his dogs to “tore their throats out” (Orwell 59). Napoleon’s use of violence is so effective that it helps him to instill the idea that he “is always right”
When the pigs introduce punishment and a death sentence for committing crimes against Animal Farm, many animals are ‘slain on the spot’, moreover, this is the first time since Jones’ displacement when there is blood spilt on the farm. Napoleon creates his own personal guards, who also punish the lower animals who betray Animal Farm. These ‘dogs wearing brass studded collars’ are a force none of the working-class animals wish to cross, for when they do, harsh repercussions follow. The animals that had confessed to their heinous crimes were executed by the dogs who ‘tore their throats out’. By doing so, the animals experience physical fear for the first time since Animal Farm was formed.
But, it turns into a disaster and Napoleon, one of the pigs, takes over the farm by manipulating the animals and gets guard dogs. The authors obvious irony and symbolism helps support the theme that history repeats itself because no matter what, the bad and good are constantly on war, and only repeat rather than make progress. Napoleon and Mr. Jones are paralleled two characters that help represent that history repeats itself. Mr Jones was overthrown by Napoleon, but Napoleon later acted exactly like Mr. Jones. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and man to pig, and from pig to man again, but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
There is also the aspect of Physical fear towards the end of the book, when Napoleon has ruthless and bloodthirsty dogs accompanying him at all times. The pigs use the psychological fear of Jones’s return to control the animals and make sure there is no further rebellion. Squealer, who represents the propaganda during the Russian revolution, lies to the animals about the pig’s actions. To end any argument, he uses the phrase “You do not want Jones back.”
Animal Farm CARTT Everyone has needs and wants. As power and greed come into play, people put their wants over the needs of others. They are so blinded by their desires that they fail to recognize if others’ necessities are met. In the novella Animal Farm, by George Orwell the more powerful and educated pigs take advantage of the inferior, weaker animals on the farm; overworking and manipulating them.
4th period “You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you” (Unknown). In the lord of flies by William Golding, Jack turns evil and is not himself. A former choirmaster and “head boy” at his school, he arrived on the island having experienced some success in exerting control over others by dominating the choir with his militaristic attitude. His main interest is hunting, an endeavor that begins with the desire for meat and builds to the overwhelming urge to master and kill other living creatures.
This quote showcases the specific way Orwell places his words to change the tone of this story. For example, in the quote it says that pigs are “generally recognized” as being the cleverest of animals. Orwell could have said that the pigs are the cleverest of animals, but he did not. This causes the reader to think: what if the pigs are not the most intelligent? What if the pigs manipulate the animals into thinking they are the most intelligent?
Imagine yourself rising in power and subconsciously growing in greed, where desires to achieve goals through absolute power gradually leads to its abuse and guides society into corruption. The allegorical novel, Animal Farm written by George Orwell represents a hidden message of greed, power, and how an individual that has the ability to control others at their command will escalate to a great extent to maintain power in any circumstances. In history, this can be seen through the Russian Revolution in 1917, where as an overall result, dictators with greed and absolute power remained in control. Therefore, greed and power together will lead a society into corruption.
In George Orwell's Animal Farm, Napoleon, a pig leader that represents Stalin from the Russian Revolution plays a big role in the book as the pig leaders are a superior group among the population of Animal Farm. In the story Napoleon is representing Stalin in Animal Farm as the main leader after Mr.Jones is ran out of the farm and Old Major died, resembling how Stalin took over rising to power in Russia. Napoleon started as a seemingly good leader but that soon changed… Napoleon, just like Stalin started to have problems with citizens of their own community and tried to hurt people and take things away. Both leaders can be shown using their superiority and power to their advantage to get everything they wanted and felt was necessary.
George Orwell’s Use of Power. In Animal Farm, a novel written by George Orwell uses the symbols: Stalin, the working class and the upper class to convey that the more intelligent someone is, the more power they will have. George Orwell writes a novel about animals who represent human beings to show that the less intelligent someone is, the harder life will be. Stalin was very intelligent so he could own anything, if they did not listen or obey Stalin, they were punished.