Lastly, in the end, the animals don’t do anything once the pigs start doing human like things. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, a lesson we must learn to insure we are not led blindly into a worse situation than we had before. I’m just going to say it, the animals on Animal Farm were oblivious and very near-sighted. When the Seven Commandments were changed, the animals sensed something had changed in them, but couldn’t remember exactly so they let it slide. Now this may have been reasonable had it been once, but it happened multiple times.
Likewise, when one of the seven commandments change to, “ All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (63) we can see that the pigs begin making the divide between the two classes even larger than before. The pigs are showing that they matter more and must remain at the forefront of the farm, and this change to the seven commandments show that the pigs feel insecure in their position and feel the need to rectify this with the other animals. Not to mention, when Mr. Pilkington says, “ ‘If you have your lower animals to contend with,’ he said, ‘we have our lower classes!’ ,” (65) this fortifies that the pigs have separated themselves so much from the working animals that even human leaders begin to notice the differences. The pigs wholly consolidate the power by limiting the other animals education and intelligence to see how power mad the pigs have become.
Later, Napoleon teaches the sheep to bleat the slogan “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad” during Snowball 's speeches. This often lost the fight for Snowball and helped Napoleon in his rise to
To begin with, the authority figures, the pigs did not follow the commandments they all agreed upon by changing the rules to fit their needs, such as when they bought whisky and did not share with the rest of the animals and changed a rule after an incident that happened with a pig. When Muriel points out the fifth commandment seems different, the animals read, “No animal shall drink alcohol to excess” (Orwell 73). This shows how after Napoleon, the high class authority figure had his incident he had changed the commandment by adding a couple more words so he can still drink but not a lot. This relates to the authority figures changing the commandments to fit their needs since they changed the fifth
The other animals did not really care too much that the pigs were in control, as all the other animals really cared about was that the humans did not have the power and the control over them. Just like when the pigs started to change the “Seven Commandments” the other animals really were not that fussed. In “The Truman Show” Truman hated all the power and control over his life as all he wanted was to be free and to be able to go to Fiji. In “Animal Farm” they did not care all the much about the power and control whereas in “The Truman Show” Truman hated it and that is why he tried so hard to get out of his puny little town called
“All animals are equal” was the “golden rule” but the same pattern returns once Napoleon changes it to justify his tyranny by adding “but some are more equal than others.” These changes in the Commandments convey Napoleon 's abusive power. All of the animals finally had enough. “But it appears to me that that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be…?”
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. They walked on two legs, wore human clothes, and even lived human
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.
But, they didn't have to be. If the the citizens were more intelligent, if the government was more diverse and if the ultimate rulers were less selfish, then this failed society would have flourished. The pigs manipulated the rest of the animals because they were dumb. If there was more diversity then the death of all of the helpful animals on the farm could have been avoided. And if the pigs would have put the wants and needs of their citizens in front of their own then things like the money spent in trade would have benefited all of the animals not only the pigs.
This represents a detrimental change in the original idea for the ideal society and the degradation of equality on the farm. The pigs gain all authority over the other animals creating social stratification on the farm, making the pigs the government and the other animals the working class who labor for the approval of the pigs. The pigs continue to receive special treatment due to their superior knowledge and leadership
He would be only happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where would we be?’” (18). Despite the fact that these are Squealer’s words, Napoleon is influencing and deforming what Squealer is saying. Napoleon and the other pigs believe the animals are so dumb they cannot make their own decisions and know to follow Napoleon , but they also know the animals may be just smart enough to figure out that what Napoleon is doing and how he is running Animal Farm might not be for the greater good, but for his own benefit.
A leader has incredible power, but with it he can choose to build up the community as a whole or to keep all the power to himself. Many leaders choose to keep all the power to themselves, but they still need a follower who believes every word the leader says. In George Orwell’s, Animal Farm, the animals decide to rebel against Farmer Jones, as they did not like the way they were treated. Life on the farm seemed promising after the rebellion, until Napoleon got greedy. Napoleon ran off any threats to his power and took away the other animals rights slowly, using his trusted followers, until he treated the other animals worse than Mr. Jones.
Orwell’s use of the farmhouse displays the pig’s link to human nature as it symbolises authority and dominance. The pigs move in there along with humans and it becomes “impossible to say which [is] which”(Pg.), this demonstrates the overall supremacy they have other the other animals. Both antagonists take complete power over the protagonists and use it to create a totalitarian society. It is evident that both authors create a dictator, which they use to over-power the other characters. They express the desire for power through these characters and use them to create a downfall in each text.
“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power”(Madison). This quote relates to Animal Farm because there came time after the Rebellion where the animals were free and ruled by just animals, but slowly everything changed. Napoleon evolved to be the leader of Animal Farm and gained a lot of power. This was the kind of power that was abused. He took advantage of the animals on the farm and destroyed their freedom.