The Inequality in an Equal Society in Animal Farm by George Orwell

798 WordsJun 23, 20184 Pages
What is power? Power means the strength and the right given of controlling anyone else. However, when too much power is given to someone, dictatorship cannot be avoided. In the book “Animal Farm”, George Orwell used a lot of events happened on the farm to illustrate that how did the ‘animalism’ turn into “totalitarianism” and well defined the sentence “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”, which also reflects how the society was like at that time. Therefore, in order to find out the reason why George Orwell wrote the story, this essay will talk about how power is abused and the effect on other "comrades" by using several events and the examples of language features used in the story. Throughout the story, the first signal that illustrates…show more content…
The second event that shows the abuse of power was “the purge”. In chapter seven, Animal Farm had a problem of lacking of food, therefore, Napoleon asked all the hens to give out their eggs in order to exchange for food. However, that call was opposed by all the hens, they rather smashed the eggs into pieces than selling to others. But at last, they still had to agree with the cruel fact, handed in their eggs, and that was where the purge started. Later in the story, each time when someone opposes Napoleon’s decision, they would be treated as being killed. “The pig’s ears were bleeding, the dogs have tasted blood” (p61). Although the sentences here are short, the fear it shows does not reduce any bit at all, in this case, the short sentences are even more effective than those long sentences and animals in the story and readers can feel the terror directly and quickly. “Then a sheep confessed to having urinated in the drinking pool… the air was heavy with the smell of blood” (p62). All the animals felt disappointed and scared, because eventually they were going to be dead, which may be a release for them. Therefore, they admitted to all the bad things they had done and were ready for death. We can also see the abuse of power in the following event. In early spring, a piece of news that Snowball was back astonished everyone and meanwhile, a strange thing happened. “He stole the corn, he upset the milk-pails, he broke the eggs, he trampled the
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