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How Power Corrupted the Pigs

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:28 AM
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      The satire Animal Farm by George Orwell expresses

the idea of self-government through the animals.   The

animals play the role of humans, in this way using

most, if not all, of the human characteristics.

Because the animals decide that they want to run the

farm by themselves, they make up a way of living

called Animalism.   The basic principles of Animalism

are two, all animals are to be treated as equals, and

no animals shall acquire any human traits or

characteristics whatsoever.   The seven commandments

under which they live are based on these major

principles.   As soon as they develop a whole new

system, they throw out all of the humans that run the

farm.   Even though they are supposed to be equal, the

pigs begin to take control.   By the end of the novel,

the pigs have manipulated the rest of the animals into

doing everything they want.   The pigs then become

almost exactly like the humans.   The most important

pigs are Napoleon and Snowball, that is until Napoleon

throws Snowball from the farm.   It is throughout this

satire that Orwell illustrates how power corrupts by

showing the pigs actions.

        Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely is

a concept widely understood after having read Orwell’s

satire.   It is first shown when the pigs take the milk

and apples, explaining to the rest of the animals that

everyone is equal, but some are just more “equal” than

others.   They also argue that the pigs do more

thinking, and therefore need more energy to do so.   It

is in the latter part of the book, that the concept of

corruption gradually earns its meaning.   When Napoleon

forces Snowball to leave the farm, the power is all

his.   Napoleon fixes anything that goes wrong on the

farm simply...


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