Power Hungry Pigs At some point of a communist society, a group of people decide that they are better than everyone else and it leads to too much power in the wrong hands. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Napoleon believes that every animal should be treated the same and not be controlled by humans. He also believes that pigs are superior and should be treated with more respect.
Having “power is [the] authority and strength,…ability to act, or control” (“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutly”) which motivated the pigs to corrupt an attain Dictatorship government. The novel Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is demonstrating how the pigs are corrupt in Animal Farm. Old Major’s speech began a rebellion, but ultimately the pigs corrupt to become human into their own advantage by removing the principles of Animalism. Becoming human required the pigs to use propaganda to manipulate the other animals to corrupt their power in ‘Animal Farm’. As the pigs corrupt Animalism using lies, they careless about the other animals’ mental well-being.
“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.
At first, the pigs work to get Mr. Jones off the land and they quarrel with him and his men when they waylaid them in the battle of Cowshed. Then they start conspiring with the neighboring farms and have men to make their deals for them. Suddenly, in the end Napoleon is walking on two feet along with the others and dressing like a man as he drinks with the humans and an amity is established. Honestly, this reversal did not take me by surprise at all, I was expecting nothing less from Napoleon.
In her critically acclaimed novel One Corpse Too Many, author Ellis Peters wrote, “All of the things of the wild have their proper uses. Only misuse makes them evil.” The possession and usage of power is an especially slippery slope. In George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, a main recurring theme revolves around power and how those who hold it will ultimately fall into corruption. The desire for power stems from greed, but power also fuels greed.
Have you ever lived in a society that promised many promises but always broke them? Have you ever been lied to? Animal Farm shows how the societies and rulers oppress their citizens without the citizens realising that. It also shows how rulers will always change when they are in power and only work for their personal privilege. In Animal Farm, George Orwell argues that Napoleon has solidified his power by using fear mongering, manipulation, and scapegoating.
Due to this, the novel written by George Orwell is clearly a dystopia. Orwell composed Animal Farm as an allegory of the Russian Revolution. He wanted his readers to understand what an unsuccessful society looks like, and how power can lead to corruption, like it did in Russia under Stalin’s rule. Citizens became narcissistic, and a totalitarianism government developed. For a society to truly prosper, it must be occupied by citizens who do not have excessive interests in only
The allegory, Animal Farm compares the Russian Revolution in an understanding way to a typical farm life. The main idea in both pieces was to undertake a revolution to see change within freedom, instead it happened to just be the tyrants. In the Russian Revolution the czar was overthrown and only replaced by Stalin who remained a brutal and harsh leader to citizens. In comparison with Animal Farm; the abusive owner Jones, was overthrown by the “mighty” pig Napoleon who became harsh to the other animals and developed similar characteristics to the original leader. George Orwell portrayed his opinion; revolutions fail in that they result only in a change of tyrants.
Had the animals questioned Napoleon, the same way that they questioned their human masters, the farm animals would have remained equal in all walks of life. Instead, the rules slowly became twisted to benefit Napoleon and his followers. Animal farm isn’t the only literary example which illustrates why one must question authority. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is another work of fiction which paints the picture of a not-so-far-off dystopian society governed by a totalitarian government which makes corrupt decisions for what they believe to be the better of all people. The government authorizes book burning, brainwashing, and the killing of innocent people.
Throughout George Orwell's Animal Farm, many lies are told by individuals in power. Unfortunately, this has a notably negative effect on those blindly following the leaders of Animal Farm. The animals leading the farm constantly deceive their adherents, in attempts to hide the true intentions of their actions. The government created by the animals was structured upon lies and deceptiveness that allowed the leaders to do as they pleased without question. In George Orwell's Animal Farm, lies told by leaders of Animal Farm represent the hypocrisy of leadership in the novel by allowing the animals in power to mislead their followers with the intentions of doing whatever they please without