Hungry For Power In Animal Farm By George Orwell

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George Orwell, in his novel ‘Animal Farm’, develops an idea through Napoleon. The boar grows more thirsty for power and inevitably corrupts his nature and well-being. This idea is emphasised through his manipulating control over the animals, arrogance in his leadership and the major unequal differences between himself and the other farm animals. Manipulation is a key attribute to the corruption of Napoleon and is portrayed through his use of fear and superior intelligence to his advantage. Fear is conveyed through the vicious guard dogs and these dogs keep order using intimidating actions ‘the dogs sitting round Napoleon let out deep menacing growls, and the pigs fell silent and sat down again’ this shows the control over the animal through the…show more content…
The pigs get many special privileges such as, getting to sleep in the farmhouse beds, drink alcohol and have crops and food specifically reserved for them. In contrast, the other farm animals sleep on straw, drink from the pond and are always starving.The final commandment ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’ is a strong indication that corruption has swallowed the boar. Furthermore, Napoleon has obtained both ‘Animal Hero, First class’ and ‘Animal Hero, Second class’ showing irony through the fact that for all to be equal there should not be a class system such as an upper class and working class. The inequality within the farm slowly spread through the farm until the pigs were almost completely different from actual farm animals and considered more as ‘man’. Corruption is strongly conveyed through Napoleon through his sense of self-importance, great control over the animals and unfair decisions made by the boar. This defines how people that possess absolute power, corrupt absolutely and can deeply affect the society around them, especially by those who take
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