Abuse Of Power In Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Power and Its Effects The novel Animal Farm by George Orwell, describes what can happen with power. It takes place in a farm, where the farmer, Mr.Jones, is a dictator who mistreats the animals, which causes them to eventually overthrow him. Through this novel, Orwell shows that power can corrupt and enslave minds. In the beginning of Animal Farm, Orwell shows how power is already corrupt and unequal in a dictatorship. The injustices on the farm are established through a speech given by the character Old Major. During his speech, Old Major said, “Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin”(Orwell 29). This quote shows how the animals are mistreated, it describes how hard the animals work…show more content…
By these chapters, the animals had already overthrown Mr.Jones. Orwell describes how the animals’ freedom becomes corrupt as Napoleon and Snowball become leaders in their new society. The animals “accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals should decide all questions of farm policy, though the decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote” (Orwell 62). In this quote, the pigs have already become the leaders of Animal Farm. Orwell is trying to tell the readers how leadership comes with power which can lead to corruption. Eventually, Napoleon exiles Snowball and takes control of the farm. He causes the animals to work harder, even though some of the work is “strictly voluntary”.When Napoleon announced that “there would be work on Sunday afternoons as well”, he claimed the “work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented from it would have his rations reduced by half” (pg 73). Even though the work is voluntary, the animals are forced to work.This shows how Napoleon is being corrupt because of power. As the novel progresses, Orwell portrays how good intentions can become
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