The Importance Of Power In Animal Farm

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Power can have the persuasive action in undoing the moral ethics of one’s character. This can be seen throughout history with the Russian Revolution and can also be proven by the actions of Napoleon in, Animal Farm, by George Orwell. As John Dalberg said “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” A leader does not begin wanting to do wrong, they start with the best intentions, but power is a tricky thing. As someone gains more and more power, they increasingly become corrupted with that power.
In the novel, Mr. Jones, the owner of the farm, neglects, abuses and mistreats his animals until he is thrown out. When one of the pigs, Napoleon, takes power, he eventually behaves so human-like that it becomes impossible for the
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Also, by separating himself from the rest of the animals, he heightened his importance. Napoleon overtook power once Old Major died and he wanted to turn Old Major’s dream into a philosophy. Snowball and Napoleon are with the other animals in a windmill meeting. By the time Snowball had finished speaking, there was no doubt as to which way the vote would, “But just at this moment Napoleon stood up and, casting a peculiar sidelong look at Snowball, uttered a high-pitched whimper of a kind no one had ever heard him utter before,” (Orwell 67). This is significant because Napoleon uses terror and his power to force the animals what to do. Because Napoleon has all the power and he used it and the "unexpected" animals did not expect Napoleon’s decision. In Animal Farm, the saying “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” rings …show more content…
The pigs have most of the power so, “The pigs did not actually work, but directed and supervised the others. With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership,” (Orwell 46). This is significant because since the pigs were superior in knowledge, they were able to assume most of the leadership, which created their power. The pigs would soon take advantage of that power and corrupt most of the farm. Soon, the whole entire farm was chanting, “Long Live, Comrade Napoleon,” and, “in April, Animal Farm was proclaimed a Republic, and it became necessary to elect a President. There was only one candidate, Napoleon, who was elected unanimously,” (Orwell 118). This isn’t right because an election with only one candidate who's elected unanimously. It sounds like this Animal Farm republic is looking a lot more like a dictatorship. It seems that Napoleon has brainwashed the farm with his power. All in all, the more power handed around the more the person or animal, in this case, is corrupted in their own

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