George Orwell's Use of Language Techniques to Represent Power in Animal Farm

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George Orwell's Use of Language Techniques to Represent Power in Animal Farm

"Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely"; and this is eloquently proved in George Orwell's novel 'Animal Farm.' In this satirical fable, Orwell uses his allegorical farm to candidly illustrate the corruptive nature of power and to symbolise the communist system in the microcosm of a farmyard barn.

George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Blair, a British political novelist and essayist. He was also a socialist but he criticized the right (fascists and capitalists) as freely as he criticized the left (anarchists, socialists, and communists). Orwell used his writings mainly to expose the negative effects that
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At first, Animal Farm prospers. The pig leaders, Snowball and Napoleon assume the administration of the farm and as Snowball tries to teach the animals to read, Napoleon takes a group of young puppies to educate them in the principles of Animalism. Mr. Jones reappears to take back the farm but the animals defeat him again. As time passes however, Snowball and Napoleon increasingly quarrel over the future of the farm and they begin to struggle with each other for power and influence among the other animals. These disagreements lead up to a vote in order to build Snowball's proposal for a windmill, which Napoleon was opposed to. Then suddenly, nine enormous dogs - the puppies that Napoleon had taken away to "educate" burst into the barn and chased Snowball away. Napoleon then declares himself leader. The initial intentions of the ideals of equality and justice were unsuccessful and the Animal Farm ended up being a dictatorship of pigs, who were the cleverest, and most idle of the animals. As years pass, the pigs become more and more like human beings - walking upright, carrying whips, and wearing clothes. Eventually even the seven commandments were reduced a single principle of Animalism reading, "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

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