The Struggle for Power and Authority

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The development and use of power and authority are two of the basic concepts that indwell mankind. The two novels "Animal Farm" and "Lord of the Flies" both have main characters that uniquely manifest these attributes. Napoleon and Jack approach discipline in a dictorial manner by using intimidation, propaganda and fear while Snowball and Ralph apply a more democratic method when dealing with the animals. Napoleon and Snowball have different techniques and values on how leadership in life should be conducted. This is also true in "Lord of the Flies" in the conflict between Ralph and Jack. Throughout the novel it is evident that the theme between Democracy and Dictatorship is always present. Animal Farm is a perfect example of this. In …show more content…
No animal shall kill any other animals
7. All animals are equal
(Orwell, pg 17) Abuse is frequently present throughout history, as George Orwell the author of Animal Farm illustrates in his dystopian allegorical story. It mimics the social structure of life in the communist era when Joseph Stalin ruled the USSR with an iron fist. Joseph Stalin, a communist leader, ruled Russia with an iron fist from 1933 until his death in 1953. "He cared more about his power than he did about human life. During Stalin's reign, 12 million Russians lost their lives. Many were murdered by government forces; many died from starvation and overwork." (George Orwell fights the power) Therefore this is why Orwell understood that it was not leading to equality for all. At the beginning of the novel one of the characters is directly modeled on the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. His name is Napoleon and becomes known as an utterly corrupt opportunist. Napoleon did not make a distinct contribution to the revolution—not to the formulation of its ideology, not to the bloody struggle that it necessitates, or even not to the new society’s initial attempts to establish itself. He under no circumstances shows any interest in the strength of the farm but, simply the strength of his supremacy over it. As a result, the only project he commences with passion is the training of the new born puppies. Napoleon does not educate them for their own good or for the good of all, but instead for his