Pigs And Corruption In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Throughout time there were a lot of people in leadership positions, and corruption is not uncommon. In many occasions, the leaders wanted more power, and the strive for it eventually developed into corruption. In George Orwell’s story, Animal Farm, the pigs are seen as the smartest of the animals, and therefore they became the leaders. One pig, Napoleon, did not like how the farm was being run, so he took over through the use of force. After he became the leader of the farm, he continued to try and gain more power and influence over the other animals. In Animal Farm, George Orwell asserts the idea that absolute power results in corruption. Napoleon and the other pigs, interested in remaining superior, persuade the animals by using intimidation and emotional appeals in order to keep control of the gullible animals. Orwell uses threats created by the dogs to show the length Napoleon and the pigs would go in order to intimidate the animals and restrict their actions to remain superior. Napoleon and the pigs would carry this out by using the dogs to create a threatening presence to silence the opinion of others. If an animal tried to protest, like the piglets that revolted early on in Napoleon’s dictatorship, then “the dogs sitting round Napoleon let out deep menacing growls” (54). The dogs intimidated the animals, and not wanting to be hurt, the animals do not express their opinions. Napoleon and the pigs then gain the ability to do anything they want without the consent of the other animals. These actions also reflect the relationship between the pigs and the other animals. The pigs do not think that the other animals are worthy of contributing ideas, so they do not want to listen to them. In order to reinforce the belief that the animals should not go against the pigs, they stage public executions. By using public executions, Napoleon and the pigs show the animals how real their threats are, and in turn be able to control them. Since the executions are done in public, the animals see how “the dogs promptly tore their throats out” (84). When the animals see the other animals being killed, they realize the dangers of opposing the pigs are real. When “in a terrible voice Napoleon demanded whether any other animal
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