Power Leads To Corruption In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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“Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” was said by Lord Acton. The lesson Orwell intends to share with his readers is that power can lead to corruption. He does this by showing Napoleon abusing the trust of his comrades, misguiding the lesser-educated animals, and placing the blame on everyone but himself.
Orwell shows power leads to corruption through Napoleon consistently abusing how much faith the animals have in him. This is first seen with the milk incident where the animals aren’t given a drop and convinced that it is best for the pigs to have milk and not the other animals. “You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in the spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and
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The revolution starts with the animals justly blaming Jones for their problems.(quote) As the revolution moves forward and into the hands of the pigs it becomes unclear as to whom should take the blame for problems that arise on the farm. One of the biggest receivers of blame on the farm, besides Jones, would have to be Snowball. “Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!” (28) After his abrupt dismissal from the farm things are constantly blamed on Snowball whether he committed these wrongdoings or not. “And as to the battle of the Cowshed, I believe the time will come when we shall find that Snowballs’ part in it was much exaggerated.” (22). Another group under scrutiny would be the opposing side at The Battle of the Cowshed, the group of farmfolk who attack the animals but exactly what happened at each attack is exaggerated by the pigs when the tell their war stories later and make out the opposition playing dirtier than they really did. Orwell introduces these characters to the story to satisfy his analogy but also to show the blame never landing on the one making decisions,

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