The Power Of Power In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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"Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which"(Orwell 133). In George Orwell's allegorical novella Animal Farm, a successful rebellion, was held against the Mr. Jones (the farm owner), as he mistreated the animals. After the expulsion of Mr. Jones, the farm lacked a figure of authority, so the pigs stepped up to that position as they were the most literate and the cleverest among the animals. Slowly it progressed to a state where the pigs had absolute power over the lives of the animals and the farm. Which led to a…show more content…
Therefore, this conveys how the pigs are getting more corrupt as the days progresses. In addition to this, the pigs also broke one the most important commandment that no animals should kill each other. The horror the animals faced when the pigs killed off some animals was indescribable. Even though the animals wanted to confront the pigs for an action like this, they couldn't as the animals did not have any evidence to give. The pigs manipulated the commandment to “No animals shall kill any other animal without cause"(Orwell 91) dues to their greediness and an excessive fondness for authority. Throughout the book, Orwell, with judicious use of characterization, revealed that power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The pigs summarized the seven commandments to "Four legs good, two legs bad"(Orwell 34). It was certain at the beginning that Animal Farm will be a place where animals will not have to go to the torture the underwent once. However, the time proved otherwise. The power pigs had slowly twisted mind into thinking "Four legs good, two legs better!"(Orwell 134). As time went, the pigs' mentality towards equality of animals changed. The power pigs had slowly twisted their mind into thinking "Four legs good, two legs better!"(Orwell 134). The power corrupted the minds of the pigs to believe that they are and always will be superior to the other animals.
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