George Orwell 's Animal Farm

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George Orwell’s Animal Farm: The Power of Corruption
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Orwell illustrates how power corrupts absolutely and how Napoleon degrades the structure and stability of Animal Farm because of the decisions that he makes. I will also expand on the idea of how Old Major’s ideas for an organized society get completely destroyed by Napoleon’s revolutionary actions. It was ironic and satirical that Napoleon’s own power annihilates Animal Farm.
The satire in George Orwell’s Animal Farm expresses the idea of self-government through the animals. The animals are being personified, having human characteristics. The animals choose that they want to run the farm by themselves, so they create a way of living called Animalism. There are two major ides of Animalism, one is that all animal are to be treated equally, and the other is no animals should gain human characteristics. These principles are the base and foundation of the Seven Commandments (what the animals follow). As soon as this new system is developed, they throw out all of the humans that run the farm. Even though the commandments say that all animals are supposed to be equal, the pigs begin to take control. The most important pigs are Napoleon and Snowball, who are in charge of the farm until Napoleon throws out Snowball from the farm. Through this satire, George Orwell shows how power corrupts by showing the pigs actions.
In the story Old Major, an animal on the farm who was respected, gave a speech…

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