Pigs And Corruption In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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As the saying goes, “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This text is an allusion to the Russian Revolution. After the rebellion the animals are left with two leaders, Snowball and Napoleon, that cannot agree on a single thing. Snowball was chased off by Napoleon’s dog and was left with all the power. in animal farm, George Orwell asserts the idea that absolute power results in corruption. Napoleon and the other pigs, interested in remaining superior, persuades the other animals by using intimidation and emotional appeals in order to keep control of the gullible animals. Orwell shows how power was given to the pigs through intimidation. Squealer tries to intimidate The Animals by mentioning a name they dread. Squealer noticed the animals knew the pigs slept in beds, so he mentions,“Surely none of you wishes to see Jones come back?”(67), to scare them. Orwell conveys how powerful Jones’ name is. He shows how Napoleon and the other pigs use Mr. Jones name to their advantage. They create an environment of fear amongst the animals. The lives of the animals were also threatened by Napoleon when an incident came up. The text states that “ They were all slain on the spot and the tale of confessions and executions went on…”(84). Orwell wanted to show that Napoleon was ready to kill anyone in his way of absolute power. The animals felt “shaken and miserable” and they were now more frightened to even have the thought of rebelling against Napoleon. Using this

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