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?Maddie English 10 February 5, 2014 Power paper “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”, is a quote that pertains to the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell in many different ways. The quote is saying that when you are given all of the power, you become crazy and it all comes tumbling down on yourself from the destruction. The leader Napoleon, a pig, receives absolute power on the Animal Farm and corrupts absolutely.
Three ways he shows this is when he sends his guard dogs after Snowball, he had the animals committing crimes that they did not do so they would wish to be killed, and learned that life on Animal Farm will sadly never change. Napoleon’s corruption began when he sent his guard dogs after Snowball. “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. ” Soon after, the guard dogs chased Snowball all over the farm, and Snowball escaped through a hedge.
Napoleon was jealous of all of the animals liking Snowball’s ideas. Napoleon wanted all of the power so he got rid of his only competition. This is where absolute power comes into hand. Napoleon’s corruption progressed when he had the animals committing crimes that they did not do so they would wish to be killed. An example of the confessions come from four pigs, “they confessed that they had been secretly in touch with Snowball ever since his expulsion, that they collaborated with him in destroying the windmill…” You know that this is false information because Mr.
Jones and the others had destroyed the windmill not Snowball. It shows that the animals no longer wished to be on the Animal Farm anymore and the only way out of being there was death. A commandment said, “No animal shall kill another animal” and was extended to, “no animal shall kill another animal without cause. ” Napoleon’s corruption ended when the animals realized that their life on the Animal Farm would sadly never change. Corruption never really ended, Napoleon was still in charge and the animals just got use to their way of life.
The animals are use to the hard work, little food, long hours, and bad living conditions. The pigs decided that since they had most power they started to turn exactly what they were against… human. The pigs started sleeping in beds, drinking alcohol, walking on two legs, and wearing clothes! They even changed the name Animal Farm back to its original name Manor Farm. They were going against all of the real commandments, and were not going in the direction that Old Major wished for the farm.
They later got rid of the commandments and made one single commandment, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. ” This is where corrupts absolutely comes into hand. As you can see, in the novel Animal Farm, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” pertains to this novel in many different ways. Animal farm shows that two pigs take over the leader position, and one gains more power than the other and becomes head leader.
When that happens, “absolute power” is struck and everything starts going downhill on the Animal Farm. Everything going downhill equals out to “corrupts absolutely”. The three reasons that were given as examples of the quote were when he sends his guard dogs after Snowball, he had the animals committing crimes that they did not do so they would wish to be killed, and learned that life on Animal Farm will sadly never change.
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Animal Farm – Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
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Show MoreAs Lord Acton once said “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” (1887). As we look back into history we find that leaders tend to change after taking power. All they need is one little spark to light up something bad. One little change here, one little change there is all it takes. Napoleon, in George Orwell’s Animal Farm changes one rule after another to fit him and Squealers needs, thus corrupting them in the end. Napoleon and Squealer show that power corrupts leaders through their actions and attitudes toward the society and the animals that work to do the best they can to improve the Farm. George Orwell had gotten the idea of Animal Farm by watching someone whip a cart horse. When he saw this it made him think of the working…show more content…
With this, Squealer was brought to power with Napoleon and Snowball.
Squealer was known for is good public speaking and his ability to persuade the animals to do whatever him and Napoleon wanted them to do. Squealer represents the propaganda of government. Squealer working with Napoleon is like the government working with Stalin. Squealer often gets caught in arguments but always finds a way to get out of it. This is like the Pravda which was a daily paper that came to prominence after the Bolshevik Revolution, and was the official voice of the Soviet Party in the 1930’s. Squealer would also take advantage of the not so smart animals using propaganda. The government would used lies to sway people in support of them and was greatly assisted by the fact that education was quite limited.
Next is Snowball, the pig who challenges Napoleon for control of Animal Farm after the rebellion. Snowball represents Leon Trotsky, an intelligent, passionate, and less devious than Napoleon. He helped lead the “October Revolution,” which was “Battle at the Cowshed” and got rid of Czar Nicolas II who was Mr. Jones. Snowball seems to win the loyalty of the other animals but after Napoleon chased him away with his guard dogs, who represent the NKVD (later the KGB), Napoleon was to take power. Napoleon the corrupt leader behind Animal Farm represents Stalin. Napoleon was a bad public speaker, the same as Stalin, and both were not as educated as