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. Comrade Napoleon begins to break the rules of Animal Farm and use the animals as his slaves. The Father of All Animals decides that he and the pigs are better than everyone else on the Animal Farm.
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.
As the Russian Revolution commenced in the early 1900’s, in which millions of people rebelled, several leaders sought power, with Joseph Stalin taking firm command. Similarly, Animal Farm, a novella written by George Orwell, allegorically represents the downfall of Marx’s manifesto of communism. On Animal Farm, the pigs distinguish themselves by immediately taking control and eventually changing the Commandments of Animalism to benefit only the pigs. Napoleon (Stalin) drives out his rival, a pig named Snowball, leaving him the opportunity to become an egoistic dictator. Manipulating a corrupt society, Squealer, Napoleon’s propagandist, uses rhetoric to control the animals’ rights and thoughts with clever words, in which Boxer's lack of intelligence leads to constant laborious work and later, his death.
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.
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.
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. Napoleon also uses manipulation to gain and maintain a firm control by changing the Commandments for the farm in ways that work to his benefit. Squealer, Napoleon’s propaganda department, Keeps the farm animals believing in Napoleon by describing what they hear and see to make it seem harmless. Using effective tactics of fear, convincing propaganda, and manipulation, Napoleon gains and maintains control of Animal Farm. “Animal Farm” has corruption and equality in a way the animals try to succeed and achieve a goal to make the farm better.
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. Conclusion George Orwell’s book Animal Farm highlights the themes of equality, lies and revolutions.
As in Animal Farm, the pigs immediately were put in power because they were more intelligent than the other animals. At first, this worked out fine. But after Snowball was chased out, the pigs became more and more corrupt. The pigs changed the commandments for themselves constantly. One original commandment was that no animal shall drink alcohol, so they would not be like the humans who were getting drunk constantly.
The government is typically a totalitarianism one where a self-absorbed leader degrades most inhabitants, like in Animal Farm. In the novel written by George Orwell, the presence of narcissism amongst the pigs results in unjust control of the animals, as well as deprivation of their freedom and the ability to interact with the natural world. The use of propaganda within Animal Farm shows a great example of how media controls citizens in a dystopia. In order for the pigs to maintain total control of the farm’s society, they manipulate the other animals. The author presents, “he announced that, by a special decree of Comrade Napoleon, Beasts of England had been abolished” (Orwell 88).
The small minded people follow blindly by their leaders because the people’s ignorance is easier for them to be told to do something rather than themselves to think of it on their own. For example, in the book the sheep made it easier for the pigs to take control over a large group of the farm animals. The pigs were able to easily change the commandments because the sheep were to ignorant to notice that the commandments drastically changed from what they had been before. This also reminds me of another one of James Orwell’s books, 1984, in that book the government changed the citizens vocabulary so they are socially and politically
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.
The pigs do influence the attitude and behaviors of other followers on animal farm. They rule the farm and make the decisions and if the other animals do not listen, they did not see the light of the next day. The character of the pigs is extremely different from most of the other animals. The pigs represent the higher power in the real world. The pigs are self-serving.