Napoleon has solidified his power by using fear mongering. For example, whenever the animals disagreed with what Napoleon had said, “the dogs growled so threateningly that they accepted his explanation without further questions” (36). This shows that Napoleon used the dogs to scare the animals and make them accept the pigs’ orders. The animals were scared of the violence used and the pigs’ power, so they obeyed the orders fearing consequences. In addition, Napoleon and Squealer always rhetorically asked the animals "surely, none of you wishes to see Jones back?"
We often find that it is simpler to stay hidden in the dark, rather than step out into the light. As citizens it is our responsibility to call out our leaders if they are not taking notice of what we, the people, want or need. The animals, in Animal Farm, overthrew their farmer and attempted to form a fair government, but soon became dictated to, by the pigs. The book records the evolution of tyranny to totalitarianism which became as terrible as their first situation. In Animal Farm, George Orwell illustrates that it is the responsibility of the citizens to stand up against injustice and inequality.
He makes them believe everything he and the pigs are doing is for the greater good of the whole farm despite the fact that it is not. Squealer controls them in many ways but the strongest or most apparent are telling the other animals Mr. Jones their neglective abusive owner will come back, lying about Boxer the horse’s death, and finally changing the unalterable commandments into one that reads “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. One of the very first and most used techniques Squealer uses is instilling fear in the animals. He does this by threatening Jones’s return.
He therefore had used the animal’s fear to gain power; and later on, the supporting “sheeps broke out into a tremendous bleating of ‘Four legs good, two legs bad! (Orwell 55)’” to end any chance of discussion on this topic. This is one of the propaganda the sheeps used to support Napoleon. In
Napoleon then become ruler, and is said to be a very good, wise pig. Napoleon knows that he has all the power because the pigs are the wises animals on the farm, being considered wise, every animal did what he said This is where the power goes to bad use and messes up the whole farm, the main reason that they overthrew the human owner was because of the way he treated the animals and the way he ran the farm, Old Major wanted ever animal to be equal. Since . Napoleon and the other pigs were breaking their own rule that they made and adjusting them to their benefit. They started to have human like characteristics, killing other animals that were in no stable condition, overworking animals.
Animal Farm: How Does Napoleon Stay in charge? Power is used in multiple different ways, in this case it was not used in a positive way. Animals on Animal Farm had wanted to be free from their owner, farmer Jones. The pig, Napoleon, comes to power as a dictator since the pigs are more intellectual than the other animals. Napoleon stayed in power by using the methods of Animalism, Fear, and Propaganda.
George Orwell’s novel ‘Animal Farm’ is an tale about a farm full of animals who start a rebellion, they have many problems and it doesn’t always end well. The moral of the story is, “Authority is great unless it is in the wrong hands.” Napoleon states that Jones’s and Snowball’s leadership was unsatisfactory but, he is doing the same things and worse. Animals are willing to work vigorously and believe whoever is leading them because they aspire to be free. Humans and animals do not get along in the beginning, but as the story goes on they become more and more alike.
Napoleon who was in control in Animal farm is similar to Joseph Stalin. One similarity between Napoleon and Stalin is they would eliminate anyone who would disagree with them or rebel against their rules. In the book Animal Farm Napoleon gets rid of Snowball because they didn't agree on what to do for the farm and he was worried all the animals would side with Snowballs ideas not Napoleons. In the book it states, “They dashed straight for Snowball, who only sprang from his place just in time to escape their snapping jaws,” (Orwell 53). This shows that napoleon felt threatened by Snowball and was worried he would take over the farm so he used his dogs to try to kill Snowball so Napoleon could have no choice but to rule the farm.
The satire present here is that the altering of the ten commandments effectively portray how the absurd the concept is. There is no way that animals could become, “more equal” than others. In the beginning of the novel, Old Major expressed that the animals shall overcome their oppressors, but the pigs become the oppressors. Through their chants and the ten commandments, the citizens are brainwashed to believe that everything is just and fair because when the commandments and chants were first written or said, everyone was in agreement, and believed it was fair. The pigs start to alter the propaganda, and the animals still believe that it is fair, when in reality it is not.
In both of these texts written by Orwell, the language can be manipulated as an instrument of control. After Old Major dies the pigs take the meanings of his words toward the rebellion and twist them to fit their behavior and ensure that they’re better than the other animals on the farm. The abuse of language is shown when the pigs changed the seven commandments of animalism to benefit themselves. Some examples of the changed commandments are “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets. No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
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.
Likewise, at the end of chapter three, Squealer was trying to convince the others that Napoleon supported the windmill, and Napoleon not wanting a windmill was all an act to get Snowball out. The animals had questions about the things Squealer said, but Squealer and the dogs made it so they had no more questions, In particular, “The animals were not certain what the word meant, but Squealer spoke so persuasively, and the three dogs who happened to be with him growled so threateningly that they accepted this explanation without further questions” (Orwell 58). All of this was taking away the freedom to ask questions as they were stopped by fear inflicted by the dogs, so they don’t question Napoleon. Also the other animals lose their freedom to understand what is really happening by using big words, which the other animals don’t understand. This all leads to their freedoms slowly disappearing.
Napoleon indoctrinated them innately to fight for him. In turn, the dogs brainwash the farm animals to support Napoleon and influence the way the animals act toward both the pigs and the dogs. Although most animals on the farm "work to their capacity (pg 29)," the dogs do not work, and instead they eat and protect Napoleon without hesitation. Napoleon slowly turns the dogs from a form of labor to a form of tyranny. Every step toward Napoleon 's totalitarianism is one step further from the farm animals '
If something is constitutional, it goes with and agrees with what the constitution stated. Checks and balances would change Animal Farm in a really big way. Checks and balances would help Animal Farm to eliminate Napoleon's abuse of power when he killed lots of animals, slept on a bed, and allowed pigs to get up later than others. Napoleon killed lots of animals even though the sixth commandment states "No animal shall kill another animal." (Orwell 25).
As Lord Acton once said “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. When one is given the choice of what actions to take with their power, they are more likely to take actions benefiting themselves than others. George Orwell’s Animal Farm is used to define power and the corruption that comes from absolute power. The quote is demonstrated in Animal Farm as the characters show how power can corrupt absolutely. Napoleon, the fierce Berkshire Boar, starts to become corrupt after he fought Snowball for the mastery, gaining full control of the revolution.