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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely Essay

Absolute power corrupts the leaders with the most power because they end up abusing their power and hurting the themselves and the people that are closet to them. They use their power for their own personal gain and do not listen to anyone else.

In the novel, Animal Farm, absolute power corrupts absolutely because Napoleon is in charge of the farm but then he gains to much power and end up losing the farm. Napoleon is a pig and the leader of Animal Farm after Old major dies. Every time any of the animals doubt his choices they think to themselves, “Napoleon is always right.” At the end of the book they end up realizing that what Napoleon has been doing is wrong. After Old Major dies all of the animals vote Napoleon to be the leader of the farm because they think he will make the right decisions for them. He gains to much power on the farm and tries to use it for his own personal gain. He starts to adjust the seven commandments in order to benefit the pigs and himself. For example on commandment number four; “No animal shall sleep in a bed.” Napoleon added, “with sheets,” to the end of it to benefit the pigs. This is so the pigs could sleep inside the house and use the bed. Napoleon just took the sheets of the bed so none of the animals could say that he was doing anything wrong. When Napoleon starts trading with the other farmers in the area, he starts ‘acting like a human.’ Napoleon buys whiskey with all of his money and tends to get drunk quite often. Another one of the rules was that the animals were not allowed to buy or drink whiskey and Napoleon broke that rule very often.When the animals see that Napoleon is resembling a human, they start ti realize that he has gained to much power. And with all of this power comes a lot of responsibility that Napoleon does not have.

The theme, absolute power corrupts absolutely, is also in the novel, Lord Of The Flies, upon the character Jack. In the beginning of the book...
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