Leaders against Followers in Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Published in England on August 17th 1945 and written by Eric Arthur Blair (also known as George Orwell) between 1943 and 1944, Animal Farm is a novella that takes place and has the same ideologies of the Russian Revolution on an imaginary farm. Major characters such as Napoleon and Boxer the Horse play important roles concerning freedom and equality. Napoleon, considered by most to be the leader of Animal Farm is manipulative and selfish; does not care about others, and does not like to be bothered when it comes to gaining full control. Boxer the Horse, on the other hand, is the strongest yet most gullible of all the animals. He believes everything Napoleon tells him and never questions whether he is losing his freedom or not. This novella argues how a farm, just like a country, can transform for the worst with leaders who do not know how to govern it. Just like Karl Marx once said “The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.” Like any other leader in the world, Napoleon does not differ. Not all leaders are dictators and not all dictators are leaders. Napoleon, due to his manipulative behavior gains hatred from a lot of people around him who cannot say anything to him due to their fright. By constantly changing the commandments, he creates a tension within Animal Farm making the animals believe that everything he does is done in the right way. An example of change is when he changes the commandment concerning slaughter of another animal. By
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