The Role Of Corruption In Animal Farm By George Orwell

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“Unlimited power corrupts the possessor.” -William Pitt. This quote could easily be applied to the book Animal Farm. The pigs on the farm become leaders because they are the most knowledgeable. This leads to the other animals becoming minorities on the farm because they are not as smart. In Animal Farm by George Orwell, he teaches how power can corrupt a person.
In the beginning of the book, George Orwell foreshadows the corruption that comes from the new power of the animals. George Orwell tries to emphasize that pigs are the smarter animals early on in the book. One way he did this was by Squealer claiming that the pigs needed the apples and milk because “[The pigs] sole object in taking [the apples] is to preserve our health (35).” This
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So, because of all of this intelligence, it sets the pigs up as leaders of the farm. Because the other animals are so manipulative, it makes it possible for the pigs to get whatever they want. Thus, the other animals are getting worse nutrition and care. Later on in the book, Animal Farm is having a campaign for their second leader. The candidates are Snowball and Napoleon. Earlier in the book Napoleon takes a litter of newborn pups and says he is going to train them and teach them. Back to the campaign days, Napoleon uses the now full grown dogs to his advantage. “Nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for Snowball, who only sprang from his place in time to escape their snapping jaws (53).” Napoleon did this for one obvious reason. He did this because he knew Snowball was his only competition, and if he was gone, he was leader by default. So, …show more content…
The animals and especially Boxer, were deceived when, “The van…” Boxer was put into when he fell ill, “had previously been the property of the knacker (125).” The pigs claimed the van had previously been the property of a knacker, but it is very obvious the pigs had lied. The pigs care more about money than they do of the animals well-being. This is because Boxer hadn’t actually been sent to a doctor, but a glue factory. The glue factory paid Napoleon for Boxer because they wanted to slaughter him and turn him into glue. Napoleon saw the opportunity of making some money, and took it because he knew he had the power to convince the animals he actually was going to the doctor. In the last chapter of the book, the animals take the last step of becoming completely humans. The animals all of a sudden see “A long file of pigs, all walking on hind legs (133).” This is symbolism of the pigs completely becoming what they all despised in the very beginning of the book. The pigs have become humans. Throughout the book the saying “four legs good, two legs bad” is repeated until the last chapter when for the first time “four legs good, two legs better (134),” is a thing. The pigs had the power to corrupt the minds of all these animals because of them being smarter. This shows power must be handled with care or it will overtake

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