Abuse Of Power In George Orwell's Animal Farm

Imagine a life where animals have the power to overthrow farm owners and create their own society, pretty difficult right? Not for author George Orwell. In the 1944 novel about animals who overthrow their human possessors and take control of Manor Farm, which would soon become Animal Farm. The chain of events within the story go hand in hand with the events of the Russian Revolution. In both, leaders manipulated and killed their own to gain and stay in power. Through his allegory Animal Farm, which depicts the Russian Revolution, he conveys the message of how power can be abused and corrupt a government

One event within the story that relates to the Russian Revolution and is the start of gained Curly Tails and Abuse of Power:1

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The rise of power began when two young boars take leadership of the farm. Snowball, who represents aspects of both Lenin and Trotsky, was an inventive pig who was a great speaker. Napoleon, who represents Joseph Stalin, is a large pig who was not known for speaking but rather known for getting his way. In the novel, Napoleon and Snowball have a large disagreement about whether or not a windmill should be built. Snowball used his ways of persuasive speaking to influence the animals. On the other hand Napoleon used manipulation, via control of the dogs, to run off Snowball completely. “By the time he had finished speaking, there was no doubt as to which way the vote would go. But just at this moment Napoleon stood up and, casting a peculiar sidelong look at Snowball, uttered a high−pitched whimper of a kind no one had ever heard him utter before. At this there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs wearing brass−studded collars came bounding into the barn.” ( Orwell 16). Since speaking was not a strength of Napoleon's, he used his powerful manipulation skills to get rid of Snowball. This is much like the ways of Joseph Stalin who used his position to gain loyalty of Communist officials and isolate Trotsky, forcing him to flee. Trotsky used his persuasive speaking abilities, much like Snowball. Orwell does a spectacular job of portraying Trotsky and Stalin through the characters of Snowball and

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