The Role Of Corruption In Animal Farm By George Orwell

Improved Essays
“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
…show more content…
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

Related Documents

  • Superior Essays

    Animal Farm Themes

    • 1041 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Napoleon and Snowball, two intelligent pigs, created a law for the animals of Animals Farm to live by, trying to make old Major’s dream come true, but eventually greed, anger, and betrayal cause things to end up right where they started for the animals. Animal Farm, Consists of various characters, such as, the humans, Mr. Jones, owner of The Manor Farm, Mr. Pilkington, owner of Foxwood Farm, and Mr. Frederick, owner of Pinchfield Farm, which…

    • 1041 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Thomas Jefferson once said, “The government that governs best governs least” he stated this because the government that looks good will governs its people the worst. In George Orwell’s fable, Animal Farm he illustrates how power is given to Napoleon to take care of the farm and how he abuses his power. In this case, Napoleon is given too much power to satisfy himself and he favors the animal’s ignorance to make himself look good. How does Napoleon take control of the animals to keep in charge? While there are many reasons why Napoleon takes control of the farm, the three main reasons are ideology, fear, and propaganda to gain the animals trust but at the same time tricking them to believe him.…

    • 1287 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Squealer represented the propaganda Stalin used to control the citizens. Napoleon used Squealer to talk the animals into believing whatever Napoleon wanted them to believe. Squealer made the other animals believe that the “organization of the farm totally depends” on the work of the pigs (36 Orwell). The pigs had taken all the extra milk and apples and the animals questioned why the pigs got the apples and milk. In response, Squealer told the animals that the pigs were eating the apples and milk for the animals, so the farm could succeed and not for themselves.…

    • 745 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Because of the naivety, the Kulaks, Russian farmers, were executed. The animals can be spared from execution by denying their actions. The Kulaks of Stalin, and comrades of Napoleon are oblivious to the fact they are being targeted against. “[Napoleon] sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself” (29). Starvation is the result of having little food for other animals because, as Squealer says, the pigs need the nutrients more since they are the “brains” of the farm.…

    • 1684 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Animal Farm Essay “I think it's just greed and power at its very worst,’’ said Senator Mary Lundby. Imagine a society of animals that have rebelled against the humans and after gaining power, Napoleon turned into a dictator, and corrupted the land whereby Napoleon and Squealer changed laws and adapted to human traits. Napoleon is a selfish leader who uses military force to intimidate animals and maintain his power. Animal farm is basically about animals that work together to defeat humans. After defeating humans the pigs gain power, which they use totalitarian control to basically terrorize the animals, and Napoleon kicked out the only pig(Snowball) that was trying to help the animals and follow everything Old Major said to do for a better future.…

    • 786 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The story revolves around this farm of animals that decided to take over the farm. After they rebelled one of the pigs, Napoleon took control of the leadership role but soon as the time passed by, the more the power went to his head and controlled him. Napoleon and the pigs stay in control of the power in the farm by using intimidation on…

    • 833 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Old Major’s idea of animalism was similar to communism, and likewise promised a haven where every animal was equal, and no repression in sight. These ideas were soon corrupted when the people and animals realized that they needed leaders. But these new leaders didn’t lead, they dominated.The pigs of Animal Farm come into power after revealing that they “have been teaching themselves to read and write from an old spelling book which had belonged to Jones’ children, and which had been thrown upon the rubbish heap”(23, 2). This created a divide in the intelligence and skill sets between the other animals and pigs. In both Russia and it’s fictional allegory the leaders were put into power by individuals who believed that they weren’t as intelligent…

    • 1019 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In the beginning is it Snowball that is in charge the most, but when Snowball disappears Napoleon comes forward. After a while in charge he abuses his power and does exactly what he wants, he does not care about the rest of the animals except the pigs and his dogs. He also manipulating the animals so they are doing everything he tells them to do. There is at least one conflict in the book between the working animals and the pigs because they are not satisfied with the rule of the farm. They are doing protests against the pigs way to rule but they gets detected and punished with death, therefore they changed one of the laws which was that they are not killing other animals.…

    • 993 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Jones, the farm owner. If the boar had not spoken about his dream and beliefs, he would most likely not have inspired the animals to unite and revolt sooner in the first place. Despite dying shortly after giving his speech to the animals, he was the match that started the spark; Old Major managed to arouse the animals to carry out the revolution. He gave the animals a “completely new outlook on life”, particularly the devious pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, who both felt that it was their job to prepare for the rebellion to take place (Orwell 35). Unfortunately, the pigs end up becoming tyrants and run a totalitarian system, leaving the rest of the animals doing the heavy labor and performing executions without any justice.…

    • 1533 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Snowball for example, was Napoleons biggest rival, and so therefore expelling him from the farm would then rid Napoleon’s main contender for power, and he would also gain Snowball’s followers. “Nine enormous dogs…dashed straight for Snowball…he was seen no more” After Snowball is exiled; Napoleon takes over the farm and becomes a tyrannical leader, turning animal farm into a totalitarianism society. As well as this, from that point onwards, he uses Snowball as an excuse for anything that goes wrong. This then makes the animals that used to follow Snowball, believe that he is evil, and that Napoleon has done them a favour by exiling him. He has maintained and also strengthened his power over the animals, as they now…

    • 2149 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Improved Essays

Related Topics