Power In Animal Farm

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“The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership” (Orwell 27). With the highest intellectual level, the pigs obtained power in Animal Farm by George Orwell. Manor Farm was controlled by different leaders throughout its rebellion, all with different ideas on how it should be managed. The working animals all had different ideas on what they wanted to get out of labor, some more rewarding than others. The groups of animals were all affiliated within their own “classes”, based on their intelligence. The animals in Animal Farm react to power and control with different ideas on how the farm should be managed, with what they wanted to get out …show more content…
Napoleon wants to have complete control of the farm, while Snowball rules with a democratic style. Orwell explains Napoleon’s dictatorship style of leading with the example of how “[i]t had become usual to give credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another ‘Under the guidance of our leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days’” (Orwell 93). Napoleon has brainwashed the animals on the farm to do everything for him and in the exact way he wants tasks done. He instills fear in the animals to obey him and forces them to believe that he is the reason everything is going well for the farm. The hens don’t actually lay their eggs due to anything Napoleon has done, despite what they are led to think. Leading the farm with a democratic approach, Snowball envisions life on the farm in a very different way. In Valerie Meyers’ essay, “Animal Farm: An Allegory of Revolution”, she explains how “Snowball is an intellectual, who quickly researches a topic and formulates plans; he is a persuasive orator, but fails to wrest the leadership from Napoleon” (Meyers par. 19). Snowball is the type of leader who wants to do things that the animals want him to do. When he began a project like building the windmill, he was sure to take a vote with all the animals first. He also spends much of his effort creating plans to provide more for the farm, while Napoleon just wants other people to do his work for him. When leaders assume so much power it can corrupt their minds, especially when it comes to leading a large

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