Napoleon's Abuse Of Power In Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Power (noun) possession of control, authority, or influence over others. Napoleon is the unanimously elected leader of Animal Farm and uses his power for lots of bad rather than good. He uses the animal’s inability to read and their foolish minds to get away with unfair deeds against them. The system of checks and balances would help eliminate Napoleon’s abuse of power when he made deals and trades with the farmers, when he executed the animals, and when he slept on Jones’ bed. First, the system of checks and balances would help eliminate Napoleon’s abuse of power when he made deals and trades with the farmers. As stated in the first commandment, “Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.” (Orwell 24). At the beginning of the book the animals …show more content…
As stated in the sixth commandment, “No animal shall kill another animal.” (Orwell 24). This was violated when Napoleon ordered his dogs to kill multiple animals who confessed to working with Snowball, stealing food, urinating in the drinking water, murdering a ram, and more. They were all slaughtered in front of the other animals. “And so the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon’s feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones.” (Orwell 84). If the system of checks and balances was in use, this might not have happened. The animals could have been arrested by the executive branch if they were caught doing the crimes(which we soon learn that the animals never committed). Then they could go to court where the judicial branch would decide if they were guilty or not, instead of Napoleon just automatically declaring that all of those animals were guilty of crimes, which would have prevented those animals from getting executed and from Napoleon making all the

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