The Role Of Corruption In Animal Farm

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Having power over a younger sibling like babysitting them, and ordering them to do something in order to keep them safe. But then, power is used to satisfy yourself like telling them to bring a drink or snack informing them it's for their own good. “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely,” in the novel Animal Farm this means that once you have power it corrupts you. You become corrupt because of more power, and then use it wrongly. Powers lead to corruption many times in history from assassinations for control, using power to help yourself, or killing another close to you in order to trade or receive better. Having power most likely will lead to wanting additional power corrupting them, and the system into …show more content…
“They are taking Boxer to the knacker’s…..the word went round that from somewhere or other the pigs had acquired money to buy themselves another case of whiskey”(Orwell 108-111). This situation shows corruption of power because Napoleon has so much power he does not even have emotions of thinking he has essentially murdered one of his hardest workers. To add on, Boxers loyalty means nothing to Napoleon because he is not helping him in any way. In other words, Napoleon's power has corrupted him so much that he is blinded by the control, and goods that he can not see the bad he is causing. When he gives Boxer away he doesn't even care about how the animals felt or if Boxer was able to say goodbye. He was to worried about the money for the whiskey. Finally, Boxer’s mottos “I will work harder,”and “Napoleon is always right”(Orwell 51) did not mean loyalty to Napoleon, but instead symbolized power.
In conclusion Power corrupts no matter how you handle power, and Animal Farm is a huge example. The animals used the power of having higher knowledge to move into the farmhouse with a terrible excuse. They used power over animals to use them against their own kind, when Snowball was chased away. Finally, and most sadly they were corrupted and blinded by the riches to even notice the bad when they sent Boxer to the slaughters. The more power does not mean better.

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