Macbeth and Animal Farm Analysis Essay

881 Words Feb 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Explore the ways ambition is presented and developed in the texts Macbeth and Animal Farm.
Macbeth and Animal farm have many common elements that can be paralleled between the two texts. One of the main ideas is the way the two main characters, Macbeth and Napoleon have an intense ambition and languish to have control over others which they take by force and their desperate attempts to contain it. William Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as a cold-blooded, power-hungry and ambitious tyrant, blinded by his burning desire to be authoritative, who will go to extreme measures to achieve his goals. On the contrary, George Orwell shows Napoleon as a manipulative character who hides his true intentions (much like Macbeth) from all those around him,
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Audiences watching they play at the time would have believed that Macbeth was acting under the influence of the witches enchantments when deciding to keep his desires to himself. This links to the idea of Macbeth’s ambition taking priority over loyalty towards the king and his companions, knowing that if they could hear his thoughts they would horrified.
Shakespeare represents Macbeth’s desire in a direct and harsh way in comparison to Orwell who tries to subtly introduce Napoleon and keep his thoughts private from the reader. When both characters are first introduced their description give the reader an insight as to what their personalities are like and in Napoleons case could foreshadow later events. In the opening of the second chapter Orwell introduced Napoleon as “a large, rather fierce-looking Berkshire boar, the only Berkshire on the farm” as well as stating that he was “not much of a talker but with a reputation for getting his own way.” This immediately sets him apart from the rest of the pigs and the word “only” also shows he has a different mind-set from those around him and is a unique and individual character. The deliberate use of the word “large” is effective as it foreshadows the magnitude of Napoleon’s ambition to gain power and control of Animal Farm. The description of Napoleon as “fierce-looking” also could suggest that he will terrorise

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