Power Corrupts in George Orwell's Animal House

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In George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, one of the major themes was power, and how absolute power corrupts absolutely. To the animals, Jones was a tyrant, always mistreating and abusing them, until one day Old Major told them of a dream he had, where the animals will be able to live in a utopia, and lead lives of peace. After the rebellion occurred and the animals overthrew Jones, Napoleon soon came to power. He promised the animals lives of prosperity, and for a while Animal Farm was a blissful place, however after a while his reign became a tyranny, one very similar to Jones, if not worse. When the animals were under Jones’ rule, they lived a life of misery and slavery. He was a very cruel master; he abused and enslaved the animals and furthermore, he locked away all the food so the animals were left to starve. Jones was a despicable, incompetent and drunken farmer; he was in the position of power on the farm but he did not fulfil his duties as leader, as all he does is drink, as Orwell described it: "Mr Jones, of Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes." (Ch.1; P.1). He was a tyrant, as he operated the farm with absolute control, only for the benefit of himself with no cares about how his animals were being treated in the process, which was how Napoleon came to treat his subjects. And as Old Major described him "Man is the only creature that consumes without producing." (Ch.1; P.4). The fall of Jones’ tyranny

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