Corrupt Control In Animal Farm

1347 WordsJun 11, 20176 Pages
George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is an allegory of the Russian Revolution and the Stalinists era that followed it. Although it was published over 70 years ago, it is timeless because it discusses the nature of corrupt leaders. Particularly, the novel focuses on their ability to manipulate their citizens for their personal benefit. George Orwell delivers this through Napoleon and his unethical ruling of Animal Farm, and he uses it to show the reader that corrupt leaders will often use their power to favour their own hidden, self-serving agenda. This would be done through manipulation of their citizens and it can be recognized by considering Napoleon’s use of Snowball as a scapegoat, his convenient changing of the seven commandments, and…show more content…
Through lies and deceit, Napoleon made the other animals hate Snowball when he had truly done nothing wrong. This is known as scapegoating and it is quite prominent amongst political leaders today. One example of this is the American president Donald Trump, and how he constantly blames Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton for giving the terrorist group “ISIS” the power that they have today. Similarly to Napoleon, his reasoning for this has been untrue and his sole intentions were to set the blame on his opposition. Along with the ability to falsely blame people, Napoleon also acquired power to change the rules. Particularly, the seven commandments, which slowly changed in accordance to Napoleon’s convenience. At first, Napoleon slowly broke the rules, such as when he declared that milk and apples should be reserved solely for the pigs. This broke the seventh commandment (which was “all animals are equal”) and when questioned, Napoleon would send Squealer to tell the other animals that: “Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! ….
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