How Power Corrupts The Mind Analysis

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Animalism fails because of who rose to power. After the animals had gotten rid of Jones, they felt as if they had gained power but when old Major dies the three pigs, Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer take over, and even though Snowball sided with the other animals Napoleon took control through lies given by Squealer. Napoleon was selfish and he had a desire for power. His desire for power ended up making him just like Jones. To control his power over the animals he used Squealer. Squealer bended the truth and lied to the animals. If anyone found something to not be right with how the pigs were running things they were put back in their place by a common enemy. But throughout the entire book Napoleon was becoming that common enemy. In the …show more content…
Power is stronger than we are. When we are in power we feel bigger and better than everyone else, but really we just have a place of authority. Later on in the article it also states that, “Power isn't corrupting; it's freeing, says Joe Magee, a power researcher and professor of management at New York University. ‘What power does is that it liberates the true self to emerge,’ he says. ‘More of us walk around with kinds of social norms; we work in groups that exert all pressures on us to conform. Once you get into a position of power, then you can be whoever you are”’ (Resnick 6). The power that Napoleon was given made him feel like he can be who he truly is. He has the ability to do what he wants when he wants without anyone to tell him otherwise because he has the power over everyone …show more content…
Conversely, people who lack power not only fail to get what they need because they are disallowed to take it, but also because they intuitively feel they are not entitled to it” (Resnick 10). While Napoleon was in charge he may have felt that he was entitled to do what he did. He may have actually felt that to be able to do his job he and the other pigs needed to be in the house. Also there would be lots of pressure involved in being in charge with all the power. The power that Napoleon had did go to his head though. He realized that he was in charge and could do whatever he wanted so he did. He didn’t care about what happened to all the other animals, he just cared about himself and the power that he had.
There were rules that the animals had to follow, and Napoleon technically never broke a single rule, he just changed them. Because he was in charge he felt as if he could do so. Napoleon seems like the right answer to why animalism failed, but I believe that the true answer to why animalism failed is power. Power takes over and makes us do things that we feel is right even when its not. Animalism failed because of power, if any other animal was given the position that Napoleon or Jones had, the power would overtake them and everything would still fail. Power corrupts the

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