Stay In Power In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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Should the smarter people with high IQ 's and bright ideas always be in power to guide the feeble-minded? Throughout history, smart people have almost always taken the lead, and have found a way to stay in power for as long as possible. and the unintelligent people who lead have trouble staying in power. George Orwell 's Animal Farm begs the question when Napoleon, a pig with the ability to take control of the dumber animals, becomes the new leader of Manor Farm, and renames it Animal Farm. It becomes a place of violence, starvation, and destruction. So if Napoleon and the pigs made Animal Farm into a place that no one would want to be in, how did he manage to sustain his leadership role? Animal Farm is a commentary on the Russian Revolution, …show more content…
Squealer (Napoleon 's propaganda distributor) manipulates the animals to think that Snowball was a traitor during the Battle of Cowshed and that he was working with Farmer Jones the whole time. “I could show you in his own writing, if you were able to read it” (90). Squealer tells the animals that he found secret letters Snowball had written to Jones and also what Snowball actually did during the Battle of Cowshed. In Animal Farm, Napoleon symbolizes Stalin. Both used propaganda to make sure that no one under their rule wanted anyone else as their leader and that they were the only option. In addition, the sheep are convinced by Squealer, Animal Farm 's hacker, that animals are better than humans. Napoleon also used their mutton headedness to get them to spread his message: “Four legs good! Two legs bad!” (26). The sheep are like giant speakers shouting to the farm that animals are superior over humans. In this case, Napoleon symbolizes Stalin because they both used propaganda to convince the people that they should stay in …show more content…
One example of the pigs using their superior knowledge to manipulate the animals is with the ever-changing commandments. Originally, the animals had written seven commandments that they all had to follow. As Napoleon 's greed became an untamable hunger, he had Squealer (his right-hand pig) add to them. For instance, rumors start going around the farm that the pigs are sleeping in the farmhouse beds. Clover (a mare) feels as though there was something in the Commandments about beds, so she brings Muriel (a goat who knows how to read) to investigate. Clover questions the wording of the commandments and Muriel spells it out: “It says, ‘No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets,’” (79). The original fourth commandment said, “No animal shall sleep in a bed,” but to fit his own needs, Napoleon had Squealer change the commandment and add a loophole so that he could sleep in a bed and still abide by the commandments, while all the other animals slept on dirt or hay in the barn. None of the animals are as smart as the pigs. Most can 't read, and those who can read read with difficulty. The animals let the pigs do the leading because they too, know that the pigs are smarter than they are. They would never assume that the smart, honest, trustworthy pigs would change the commandments, they just

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