Power and Possession in Animal Farm by George Orwell Essay

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Power and Possession in Animal Farm by George Orwell Have you ever felt that rush of excitement when you can do whatever you want without thinking of the consequences? If so, wasn’t it one of the greatest feelings you’ve ever felt? The feelings that describe us that we are leaders, that we have followers and our every move are important to the people around us? Power is the one possession that everyone desires. It lets you feel that one can do anything he or she wants without the consequences of his or her actions. In George Orwell’s illuminating fable of “Animal Farm,” he describes how a pig named Napoleon takes over an entire farm. Napoleon, with his sly group of trustworthy pigs, maintains power and takes over “Manor Farm”…show more content…
Another example of Napoleon’s use of intimidating the animals on the farm is the use of torture and immediate death when an animal claims their wrong doings. In the novel, Napoleon punishes the animals for being dishonest by slaughtering them to scattered pieces. “When it was all over, the remaining animals, except for the pigs and dogs, crept away in a body. They were shaken and miserable. They did not know which was more shocking---the treachery of the animals who had leagued themselves with Snowball, or the cruel retribution they had just witnessed.” (93). This shows how Napoleon treated the animals that were being disloyal to him. This punishment is a way of showing that Napoleon has power over the entire farm. Whether they sided with Snowball, stole small amounts of food, or lied about a doing, they would be sentenced to their own death. Thus, intimidation is one of the wicked ways to gain power. However, it is not the only way. Napoleon, with his nasty brilliance, uses fear in addition to maintaining power. Fear? Some can say they are afraid of pain, death, or facing the miserable realities of life. In this case, the animals on “Manor Farm” fear what would happen if their former owner, Jones would come back. If Jones were to come back to the farm and take over once again, the animals would believe that they would be under abusive treatment, pain, and stress. An example of this doing is, “It is for your sake that

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