Absolute Power Corrupted In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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The quote “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” depicts perfectly to what happens all through the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. History has proven that once people become obsessed with power, everyone in society suffers. As soon as the pigs were appointed leaders of the farm, the preconceived knowledge from Old Major was completely off of their minds and they were now solely focused on what they could improve to make their situation better. The pigs became corrupt when they understood the amount of control they had over everybody on the farm. Quickly thereafter, all the other animals were treated poorly and unequally, which therein corrupted the society that they had built. Humans were not without corruption in this…show more content…
Napoleon ran Snowball off the farm by sending the dogs onto him. Soon after, Napoleon was changing the commandments to adapt to himself. None of the animals seemed to notice. However, if one of the animals ever did, Squealer would persuade them that their minds were failing them, not that Napoleon was corrupting the farm. For instance, Napoleon changed the 7th commandment from “All animals are equal,” to “All animals are equal, but some more than others.” When Napoleon became the sole leader of the farm, he thought of himself as better than the rest of the animals. He started to form a dictatorship, which in the dictionary means absolute authority in any sphere. Napoleon’s dictatorship can be compared to North Korea’s government, in which their leader has absolute control of North Korea’s citizens. Napoleon started to make the animals work harder, but gave them less food and kept more of the food for himself. He also started trading with humans and ultimately it was back to the way it was before the animals’ rebellion. All of the power Napoleon had went to his head and ruined him and in the end the society that the animals had

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