Animal Farm By George Orwell: Character Analysis

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Having sole power over society has the ability to change a person’s character and reliability; corrupting them. In the story Animal Farm by George Orwell, the character of Napoleon gains sole power over Animal Farm and becomes a totalitarian leader. Napoleon initially lacks the same intellectual skills as Snowball which make him a good leader. As Napoleon becomes the leader of Animal Farm he abuses his power turning into a totalitarian leader; overall, Orwell suggests that anyone who is given sole power of a government will become corrupt.
Initially in Animal Farm, Snowball is the chosen leader because Napoleon lacks the same intellectual skills as him. Napoleon is known as someone who gets what he wants by looking fierce, whilst Snowball is
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In Animal Farm Orwell has two characters that show the corruption that power can have. The characters of Mr. Jones and Napoleon both show how power can change the way a person’s moral compass points. When Mr. Jones and Napoleon have access to unlimited power they become cruel and unjust leaders who only care for themselves. When Old Major introduces the idea of rebellion he describes the totalitarian society they live in because of Mr. Jones. He says in his speech, “Let us face it, our lives are miserable, laborious and short. We are born, we are given just so much as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty.” (Orwell, 3). This part of Old Major’s speech describes the terrible conditions the animals were put in because of Mr. Jones. While Mr. Jones was enjoying all of the profits he got from the animals hard work the animals saw bare minimum of what they produced. When Animal Farm was still called Manor Farm it was just as much a totalitarian society as it is when Napoleon is in charge. Mr. Jones cares only for himself much like Napoleon does by the end of the book. Due to the fact that Mr. Jones has run the farm for a while, the control he has over the animals went to his head …show more content…
Napoleon abuses the power that he gets as the leader of Animal Farm and becomes a totalitarian leader, which is exactly what Orwell is trying to warn readers of. Orwell want readers to know that anyone who is given sole power of government will become corrupt by

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