Characteristics Of Leadership In Animal Farm

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What are the qualities of a good leader? A good leader is someone who listens to their constituents and incorporates what is said into the politics of the group. Someone who is honest and loyal to their people. Someone who works hard to maintain equality for all beings, no matter race or gender. In the novel Animal Farm, by George Orwell, the leaders of this proposed society of Animal Farm do not possess good leadership qualities. The pigs are inadequate leaders because they do not listen to the other animals, they are not honest and loyal to their constituents, and they do not maintain equality for all on the farm. In Animal Farm, the pigs, especially Napoleon the main dictator pig, do not incorporate feedback from the other animals on…show more content…
Snowball is one of the more “equal thinking” pigs, who tries to suggest to the animals that they all should work together to build a windmill to produce energy. Napoleon dislikes Snowball's ideas, calling them crazy. Rather than incorporate Snowball's ideas into improving the situation for all the animals, Napoleon sees Snowball as a threat to his power and chases Snowball off the farm. With Snowball out of the way and no one to make Napoleon listen to the animals, Napoleon further ignores the will of the farm animals in their government. He changes the group council meetings to consist of only a group of pigs that would make the decisions from then on. Napoleon took the first chance to take away the animals’ voice in their government. The animals no longer have a voice to advocate for themselves during their meetings. “He [Napoleon] announced that from now on the Sunday-morning Meetings would come to an end. In future all questions relating to the working of the farm would be settled by a special committee of pigs, presided over by himself. These would meet in private and afterwards communicate their decisions to the others… There would…show more content…
The pigs do not do achieve this, especially when they strictly enforce the animals on the farm to follow the seven commandments of Animalism that all the animals agreed upon when they first revolted. But, the pigs quickly learn that they can get away with not following the rules as they were initially written. If the pigs broke one of the seven commandments, they would secretly change the written words of the commandments in the middle of the night and pretend that the commandment had always been that way. For example, when the pigs wanted to sleep in the farm house, they changed the commandment “No animal shall sleep in a bed” (Orwell 8) to “No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets” (Orwell 20). Over the years, many of the commandments changed, “For a minute or two they stood gazing at the tatted wall with its white lettering…‘Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be?’… There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS. After that it did not seem strange when next day the pigs who were supervising the work of the farm all carried whips in their trotters” (Orwell 40). This shows that Animal Farm is no longer equal by the end of the book. The commandment that previously said “all animals are equal,” has clearly been changed to read, “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than

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